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RagingBull
08-03-2013, 11:05 PM
Made a last minute trip into Cataloochee valley and the brook trout and browns were quite cooperative. Best day fishing GSMNP so far; both quantity (9 total brought to hand) and size. My son landed a nice one as well. Elk hair Caddis and Stimulators were on the menu.
Here are the highlights...

A nice brown
https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1146525_10200497521900415_406205286_n.jpg

And a beautiful Brookie
https://sphotos-b-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/1006331_10200497504459979_1692924926_n.jpg

Check out the belly on this one...

https://sphotos-b-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/644231_10200497503659959_1960516665_n.jpg

This is one my son landed...

https://sphotos-a-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1098506_10200497509940116_38797647_n.jpg

Brownie
08-04-2013, 10:55 AM
Really nice fish ,thanks for the post sounds like a great trip , need to put that on the list of places to explore:)

duckypaddler
08-04-2013, 08:29 PM
Nice post. Thanks for sharing. Cataloochie is a beautiful place. Someone I know called it Cades Cove without the people (minus elk rut):rolleyes:

I would bet there was a big crawfish or salamander in the belly of that one Brookie:smile:

If you up to catching 9 you are most of the way there, and have now learned most of the basics, and should be catching big numbers soon:biggrin:

RagingBull
08-04-2013, 09:45 PM
Made a last minute trip into Cataloochee valley and the brook trout and browns were quite cooperative. Best day fishing GSMNP so far; both quantity (9 total brought to hand) and size. My son landed a nice one as well. Elk hair Caddis and Stimulators were on the menu.
Here are the highlights...

A nice brown
https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1146525_10200497521900415_406205286_n.jpg

And a beautiful Brookie
https://sphotos-b-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/1006331_10200497504459979_1692924926_n.jpg

Check out the belly on this one...

https://sphotos-b-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/644231_10200497503659959_1960516665_n.jpg

This is one my son landed...

https://sphotos-a-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1098506_10200497509940116_38797647_n.jpg
Hit Greenbrier area today and three rainbows came to hand. It's a lousy pic, but here is one of them...
https://sphotos-b-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/p206x206/603347_10200502336660781_1455425316_n.jpg
Guess I don't know the rules on a Smoky Slam, but doesn't that count? 3 creeks, 2 Days, 1 trip and all three trout.

RagingBull
08-04-2013, 09:49 PM
Really nice fish ,thanks for the post sounds like a great trip , need to put that on the list of places to explore:)

Yes, definitely put it on the list. I am an amateur at best and have always been rewarded for my efforts in this area, even the first trip after only 6 months with a flyrod.

buzzmcmanus
08-05-2013, 06:54 AM
Just 6 months! Dude, it took me 6 months just to catch a fish when I switched to a flyrod. If I was making reports back then, they would have been just hiking reports.

Nice job.

Thanks for the report. I really need to get out and fish.

Streamhound
08-05-2013, 11:03 AM
took me 6 months to get the flies out of the trees!

AL trout bum
08-05-2013, 01:59 PM
Very nice report. I hope they are still that willing the last weekend in Sept. i will be camping/fishing over there then. I can hardly wait.

Rog 1
08-05-2013, 02:37 PM
Love this report...very impressive not having a mentor following you around. I got my basics up there during a month of fishing with my cousin on several trips to FC Prong and WPLP...that was over 50 years ago when the Park was only opened to fishing from mid-April to mid-Sept and the govt still had a stocking program in the Park. Can't imagine what it would be like having to start over today. While I later learned a few finer points from watching my grandfather fish Lynn Camp you will develope your own style of fishing...this will include tackle, casting, fly size, time of day, water flow and on and on....the more you try the better you will get...and you will be able to relish in the individuality of this sport...good luck and keep the reports coming.

flyman
08-06-2013, 02:36 AM
Nice day, those fish can be finicky. Beautiful place and a nice way to spend the day with your son. It has only been in the last few years that you can catch specs in the main stream. Years ago they were rare except in the tributaries.

ifish4wildtrout
08-06-2013, 01:29 PM
I love me some Cataloochee, my favorite place in the GSMNP. That brook in the first pic would like and taste great on a stick. :smile:

Float On
08-06-2013, 06:45 PM
took me 6 months to get the flies out of the trees!

A year and a half later and I'm still in the trees! :eek:

duckypaddler
08-06-2013, 07:03 PM
A year and a half later and I'm still in the trees! :eek:

And 5 years later I'm still in the rhodo and trees:redface:

Others chime in :biggrin: How many years have you been fishing the Smokies, I mean still catching rhodo and trees????:confused:

yonder
08-06-2013, 07:11 PM
Seriously.......everytime I sight a rising trout..........I try to make the perfect cast.....the backcast is perfect anyway..up until a certain point.....:biggrin:

hookedontrout
08-06-2013, 07:52 PM
And 5 years later I'm still in the rhodo and trees:redface:

Others chime in :biggrin: How many years have you been fishing the Smokies, I mean still catching rhodo and trees????:confused:

First year in the Smokies = zero trout
Second year in the Smokies = 1 small rainbow
Third year = 1 tiny speck and 6 small bows

I am not very good at fly fishing overall but much worse in the GSMNP for some reason. I have caught tons and tons of rhodo, trees, logs, and branches. However, I have a date with destiny in October when we make a fall trip to Cataloochee. :biggrin:

BlueRaiderFan
08-06-2013, 08:41 PM
I don't know if I'll ever fully leave the trees and rhodo behind. I am in them less frequently than my first few years fishing the mountains. BTW, I went fishing with Brownie today. Heck of a nice guy. I showed him around the mountains in exchange for lunch! :biggrin: He caught more fish than me his first day in the mountains. I think he was using some sort of secret fly fishing techniques (like a good cast to the right part of the water). I guess that's what I get for acting like I know something!

Brownie
08-06-2013, 08:52 PM
I don't know if I'll ever fully leave the trees and rhodo behind. I am in them less frequently than my first few years fishing the mountains. BTW, I went fishing with Brownie today. Heck of a nice guy. I showed him around the mountains in exchange for lunch! :biggrin: He caught more fish than me his first day in the mountains. I think he was using some sort of secret fly fishing techniques (like a good cast to the right part of the water). I guess that's what I get for acting like I know something!

Thanks bud I had lots of fun and great company:)

RagingBull
08-06-2013, 09:54 PM
Thanks everyone for the encouragement and congratulations. I really enjoy this forum.

As long as we are airing out the dirty laundry... I left a few flies and nymphs in the trees as well. I've dropped an entire box into the water and watched it float away at Tremont and have missed many more fish than I care to admit to. But you can't argue with the opportunity to spend time in a place like GSMNP.

My wife took this photo at Greenbrier while I fished:https://sphotos-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/561851_645546725458498_1502747535_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/970649_493459917407273_633185368_n.jpg
http://www.facebook.com/NicoleBullPhotography

https://sphotos-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/561851_645546725458498_1502747535_n.jpgWith a backdrop like that who wouldn't want to fish?

NDuncan
08-06-2013, 10:24 PM
And 5 years later I'm still in the rhodo and trees:redface:

Others chime in :biggrin: How many years have you been fishing the Smokies, I mean still catching rhodo and trees????:confused:

The rhodo is now catching me in the face!

duckypaddler
08-06-2013, 11:46 PM
The rhodo is now catching me in the face!

I may be a tree hugger, but at least I'm not a "Rhodo Kisser":p