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duckypaddler
08-27-2013, 01:33 PM
Saturday I decided last minute that I would go fishing. Afterall, it was opening day for the Greenbrier road, and the fish have had rest and no sore lips for a couple of weeks.

I tried to get the usual suspects to fish, but some were out of town, had plans, while another chose picnicking over fishing:eek: I even texted a few LRO members but they already were on the water, or hanging with family. So off I drove to the mountains.

In trying to keep my post more "proper" here is the shot on the way.

Don't see these everyday!

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/040_zps14da2dac.jpg

And if that's not familiar I bet this is. Least I was turning in Sevierville

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/046_zps15ab51a5.jpg

Now I'm supposed to give you a hint shot. I call this Big Tree on top of Big Rock

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/054_zpsdef8ed0f.jpg

Not sure why I'm supposed to put this next pic but here goes.

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/009.jpg

It felt nice and cool in that last shot:rolleyes:

I didn't take a pic of the trail, but there was a deer crossing the road at the trailhead. Hope that's good enough

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/049_zps3e2a0980.jpg

I put in a little lower than I typically put in. After 10 minutes of some sketchy climbing which included a 5 foot leap over a 15-20 foot drop I soon realized why Freddie had his in point a bit upstream. Didn't take a pic until I was above it

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/058_zpsb9b231fc.jpg

Sweet water right above it. The first hole I first fished is in the background of the above shot.

Not much of a start but a start none the less

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/069_zpsdc3b2b64.jpg

And my first Brookie

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/070_zpsc878bfcf.jpg

Here's you some waterfall and plunge pools

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/072_zps3a0b3efb.jpg

And back downstream

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/073_zps5affbab0.jpg

Will continue

duckypaddler
08-27-2013, 01:48 PM
Saw a cool Woolly Worm on some moss on a rock midstream.

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/061_zpsbf8b13db.jpg

The fishing was awesome. I had been wondering why I haven't had many days with really big numbers this year as opposed to the last:confused: Then I figured it out as I was reeling in fish after fish, I haven't been fishing by myself much this year:rolleyes:

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/075_zps10c48ece.jpg

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/081_zpsc1b311a8.jpg

Then I had something weird happen There was a midstream boulder that has a washtub shape which held 4 inches or so of water. It was 2 feet above current water level. I'm not sure if I caught a double and one flung off into the pool or if one was previously trapped there. But as I was taking a fish off I notice the other fish. I took there pictures then released them to the main stream

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/080_zps29d43edf.jpg

They were mostly hitting the dry, but just enough on the dropper to make you keep it on

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/083_zps1a473665.jpg

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/087_zps79105840.jpg

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/088_zpsb9fce071.jpg

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/090_zpsb53c1d8c.jpg

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/092_zps79e935c6.jpg

So many hole to fish. I had to pass up a bunch of them because I was already going slow. 2-3 fish per hole will do that to you;)

duckypaddler
08-27-2013, 01:51 PM
http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/094_zpsa7408153.jpg

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/097_zps047cd94a.jpg

Just One more hole

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Opening%20Day/101_zps699effe3.jpg

Brownie
08-27-2013, 02:11 PM
Thanks for the report Ducky and the great pictures, looks like the fish have sore lips again !

duckypaddler
08-27-2013, 03:34 PM
Thanks for the report Ducky and the great pictures, looks like the fish have sore lips again !

Only 60-80 of them:rolleyes: That meant I left 95+% of them untouched for Nathan on Sunday:smile:

David Knapp
08-27-2013, 03:53 PM
Man I miss that area! Thanks for sharing such a great trip. Those solo days can be very rewarding in their own way...

NDuncan
08-27-2013, 05:35 PM
Only 60-80 of them:rolleyes: That meant I left 95+% of them untouched for Nathan on Sunday:smile:


and yet only two hit the neversink on sunday....kind of like they had recently seen that...hmmmm.

The pink weenie on the other hand!

duckypaddler
08-27-2013, 07:08 PM
and yet only two hit the neversink on sunday....kind of like they had recently seen that...hmmmm.

The pink weenie on the other hand!

I used a yellowhammer dropper all day. I know if I hadn't seen pink in weeks I'd be after it.

tlshealy
08-27-2013, 08:13 PM
Great post DP, great pics, even the ones driving in bring back a lot of trips. I know what you mean about fishing by yourself, I've taken my brother up there a couple of times, and of course being a good guide, he caught more than I did. Thanks for posting.
Tad

ChemEAngler
08-27-2013, 09:26 PM
Excellent report DP!

JohnH0802
08-28-2013, 02:01 PM
Great report and great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

John

Mac
08-29-2013, 01:58 PM
I get the Duckpaddler fishing guide for Labor day weekend. Glad you are getting your fix in so you can coach me. :cool:

Counting the days, hours, min until I can get out of here and start heading south for a day on the water with my fishing guide. :biggrin:

Lord willing and the Creek don't rise.

mattblick
09-03-2013, 03:40 PM
I haven't fished this area at all. I'm heading down for a backpacking trip in early November but might give this a shot the day before I hit the trail.

I'm unfamiliar with the Greenbrier Road's opening. Is this a new unmaintained path or was the area just closed for a while? I've taken my Outback on every gravel road in the park that I knew of.

I see some grey road marked restricted on JoeFred's LPRLP and LPRMP maps, but I can't find where the road 'starts' and how far you can drive.

Thanks!
- Matt -

NDuncan
09-04-2013, 12:17 PM
The road (car road) into Greenbrier Ranger district was closed for about 2 weeks in August from the ranger station up for them to do work on the roads (i think they replaced a culvert/bridge going up porters as well.) So really this was "Re-opening" day because no one was able to fish up there for those 2 weeks...at least without a SERIOUS hike.

The road used to open pretty much to ramses branch, but that was changed long ago. Some of the older topos still indicate the road going further up. A glance at the parks trail map will show you where you can currently drive to.

mattblick
09-04-2013, 02:11 PM
Thanks NDuncan. :biggrin: