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duckypaddler
06-21-2013, 07:14 PM
Nathan and I decided to go chase some trout today. After he bought us a nice breakfast we headed for the park. We checked the gauge at the entrance, which read 1.2, then headed for the trailhead.

I wasn't sure if we were going on a camera retrieval mission, and Nathan said he was up for whatever and had me make the call. The water was low enough to where it would be safe, but with thunderstorms called for the afternoon, I decided to leave that for another day.

We hiked in, then did the rhodo walk down to the creek.

A cool fungus on the hike in.

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Greenbrier%206-21-2013/001_zps14797493.jpg

We hit the water, and I knew it would be a good day when my first 8 casts resulted in 8 bumps. The trout kept hitting my fly, but I couldn't get a hook set. I'm used to missing 3 out of 4, but when you miss 19 out of 20, I was starting to get a little frustrated.

I landed my first fish soon after. You know some days your just not sure whether you should tie on a green or a pink weenie:confused:. I was having that kind of day.

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Greenbrier%206-21-2013/003_zps88c4b12e.jpg

Then on closer inspection of my dry fly, I figured out my problem. I had snagged fly on my shirt previous trip, which bent the hook open. After bending it back I soon had this guy.

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Greenbrier%206-21-2013/004_zps31d1cad1.jpg

I then pulled a Jim Casada climbing up a huge midstream boulder. Sometimes you can't really see where you are reaching, and when you grab what you thought was debris on top of the boulder it wiggles away:eek:

Glad he was a small fellow

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Greenbrier%206-21-2013/005_zpse9ea4f52.jpg

After a minute of being on the rock with me he started getting upset and rose up

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Greenbrier%206-21-2013/012_zpsaa7c5241.jpg

It was about that time my rod "slipped" knocking him into the stream:rolleyes:

I took a minute to take in the scenery

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Greenbrier%206-21-2013/014_zps452d8376.jpg

Fishing was really good, and for the first time this year I lost count.

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Greenbrier%206-21-2013/018_zpsa3de7cad.jpg

Nathan was tearing them up as well

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Greenbrier%206-21-2013/020_zps8f901fed.jpg

duckypaddler
06-21-2013, 07:22 PM
We continued upstream working some really nice water

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Greenbrier%206-21-2013/026_zps6afd0416.jpg

Finally starting catching a decent number of brookies

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Greenbrier%206-21-2013/028_zps52514467.jpg

I caught this beautiful rainbow.

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Greenbrier%206-21-2013/033_zpsfc665585.jpg

Even the Brookies liked my green and pink weenie

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Greenbrier%206-21-2013/035_zpsa59a0146.jpg

Can you see Nathan?

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Greenbrier%206-21-2013/038_zps86fc9c8d.jpg


Then I caught another sweet rainbow, and knew it was time to call it a day

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Greenbrier%206-21-2013/039_zpsb59f1431.jpg

Ooh, and did anyone lose a fishing net?

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Greenbrier%206-21-2013/042_zps45fcae9f.jpg

Made it out just fine and drove home to sunny skies:biggrin:

Nathan checked the radar and for the second time in a row, we just missed the rain. Gotta love it:biggrin:

SmokyMt4runner
06-21-2013, 07:44 PM
Great report and pic's.....Thank you!!!

Really missing my home water. I live about 20 minutes from Elkmont. Stuck in Florida till at least Aug. Your post's and Byron's report makes things a little easier.....but, not much....:biggrin:

I have some catchin up to do.....I had a goal of 150+ days this year...still might be able to pull it off.

Thanks again.

Jim

TylerG10
06-21-2013, 08:06 PM
Great pictures!

buzzmcmanus
06-21-2013, 09:16 PM
Ducky,

Nice report. Were those mushrooms growing off a piece of wood or out of the ground. I'm can't tell with my phone. If they're growing off wood, they may be oyster mushrooms. In which case you may be a little upset they didn't make the trip home with you. They make morels taste like cheap mac&cheese.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/oystermushrooms.jpg

Disclaimer, noone reading this should eat anything because I think it may look like something based off a picture. Do not eat wild mushrooms unless you are 100% certain it is safe, or your drunk buddy who will try anything once does it first, and lives.

hookedontrout
06-21-2013, 09:46 PM
I never get tired of these reports as I jealously and vicariously fish through them. Thank you for posting them! My son tied the same pink and green weenie for our trip last week and he caught his first Smokies brown with it. He called it the psycho weenie. Strangely, he kept that pattern to himself and only gave me the all green and all pink ones.

NDuncan
06-21-2013, 11:50 PM
The mushrooms were growing out of the ground.

muskrat
06-22-2013, 09:42 AM
Love it ! Thanks
Beautiful piece of water with those huge boulders. I will have to try and find that place when I am there in July :smile:

duckypaddler
06-22-2013, 11:13 AM
Ducky,

Nice report. Were those mushrooms growing off a piece of wood or out of the ground. I'm can't tell with my phone. If they're growing off wood, they may be oyster mushrooms. In which case you may be a little upset they didn't make the trip home with you. They make morels taste like cheap mac&cheese.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/oystermushrooms.jpg

Disclaimer, noone reading this should eat anything because I think it may look like something based off a picture. Do not eat wild mushrooms unless you are 100% certain it is safe, or your drunk buddy who will try anything once does it first, and lives.


I believe you are right:smile: You made me pull out my Audubon field guide. I believe it was out of decaying wood or stump in the ground. Plus the fact that there were 3 more clusters. Add to that color is right for this time of year. I didn't check for toothed gill edges so other species can't be ruled out, but I believe you nailed it. I guess it could also be an umbrella polypore, but that is "Choice edibility" as well.

Anyone hiking to Ramsey's Cascade would easily find them:biggrin:

Also saw some Chicken mushroom on way to Gregory's Bald last weekend

NDuncan
06-22-2013, 08:49 PM
Here are my pictures:

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2013-6-22%20Greenbrier/P1010912.jpg

Boulder climbing

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2013-6-22%20Greenbrier/P1010913.jpg

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2013-6-22%20Greenbrier/P1010914.jpg

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2013-6-22%20Greenbrier/P1010918.jpg

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2013-6-22%20Greenbrier/P1010920.jpg

right at the hook set:

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2013-6-22%20Greenbrier/P1010923.jpg

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2013-6-22%20Greenbrier/P1010924.jpg

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2013-6-22%20Greenbrier/P1010925.jpg

Bran
06-24-2013, 02:59 PM
Looks like a great trip!! Thanks for sharing guys, I'll be in the neighborhood in a few weeks and might try to make a run over there, have to see how time goes. We're camping on the NC side and I intend to fish a couple of spots over there early in the week then slip over the hill for a couple of days.