View Full Version : Friday at Sam's

Float On
07-21-2013, 10:19 PM
Since I only worked half a day on Friday and seeing rain during the weekend, I decided to make a quick run up Sam's. My cousin was supposed to go with me but bailed at the last second. I hit the trail around 1pm. Right at the foot bridge I met an older gentleman walking out with a fly rod. After talking to him for a minute I found out that he was coming back from Sam's but didn't go up as high as I normally go. He told me the fishing was great but didn't catch any fish. I know that feeling very well.

I made my way up and started hitting the spots where on previous trips I had good luck. The brookies weren't being very cooperative. I tried never-sinks, barbie bugs, tellicos, green winnies, and adam's. They just didn't seem interested in anything I tied on. I managed to go up higher than any of my other trips and I managed to find a few hungry brookies. 2 of them were probably the largest ones I caught up there and 1 I'm fairly sure is the smallest I've ever caught. I ended up having to hunker down under the rhodo for about 15 minutes so a fairly heavy rain shower could pass. Glad it was a short lived rain, I'm afraid it would have been miserable walking down that trail back to the car. It takes me a good hour to walk back out.

I was on high alert on the walk back out. I guess it's the sound of the crickets or locusts or some kind of bug up there sounds just like a rattlesnake. Last year when I was walking back out I almost stepped right on a rattlesnake. He was a little guy at about 4 1/2 feet long. I had a lot of momentum coming down the trail and had to make a small hop from the top of a rock down to the trail. About the time my feet left the rock I saw a snake stretched out across the trail. As soon as my feet hit the dirt he curled up and started rattling. We've dubbed them "Smoky Mountain Detour Signs". I was low enough on Sam's that I could cross over and still find the trail and continue on my way. After that day I tend to slow down, listen to everything, and keep an eye out for anything that moves.

I didn't get to many pictures this time around due to relying on my gopro camera. I was in so much of a hurry to get up there that I didn't check my batteries. I thought I had a few hours of video, only to find out that my battery died after less than 10 minutes recording. Lesson learned there. Anyways here's a few pictures from the trip including my "monster" trout.

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Poor little guy. The hook set sent him to the pool below me. At first I thought I missed him and then there he was. I can't believe he actually got the fly in his mouth.

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One of the better size brookies I've caught up there. This one had been eating well. He was a bit "plump" compared to others I've caught up there.

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I dug around and found this picture from my trip last year. Probably toward the end of August. The weekend after I ran into this one I made the mistake of cutting thru some high grass to get back to a trail. I stepped right on a large black snake. Lucky both times I guess. The rattlesnake didn't want to be bothered and the black snake just hissed at me.

Be careful out there. A slippery rock isn't the only thing you might step on.

Tennessee Jed
07-22-2013, 02:21 PM
That snake gives me the creeps. I mean, it's sitting right there on the bank where you would be walking up the trail over those rocks. :mad:

Float On
07-23-2013, 01:11 PM
He gave me a two pee drop scare for sure.

07-23-2013, 06:37 PM
How far away from snake rock was that?

Float On
07-23-2013, 07:12 PM
Not sure where snake rock is but it was just after the first crossing when your on the left side of Sam's. The bad thing is when I got back to the car I ran across a couple that had 2 small children with them. They were wearing sandals and shorts. I warned them to stay away from the rocks if they were going up the trail or at the very least keep an eye out. They told me that they just came back from the Lynn Camp Trail and they had also seen one.

07-24-2013, 12:35 AM
I'm surprised Ducky didn't point it out when you went up there with him!


I think you weren't too far from there, but hard to tell in your picture.

07-24-2013, 06:50 AM
The picture of the rattlesnake gives me chills just thinking about walking up on one.:eek:

Float On
07-24-2013, 09:37 AM
We didn't go to Sam's. We were over on the Little Pigeon watershed.

07-24-2013, 01:22 PM
Not sure where snake rock is but it was just after the first crossing when your on the left side of Sam's.

That's exactly where it is...
I guarantee your weren't too far away. It's called rattlesnake rock for a reason... ;)

Tight Lines,

07-24-2013, 04:18 PM
In those words of Indiana Jones “Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?”

They have their place/purpose and I try to stay well away