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duckypaddler
09-28-2013, 07:52 PM
Last Sunday Nathan and I made plans to fish after Steve Darnell and I had our plans washed out the day before and were only able to collect water samples. Nathan drove and after dropping his dogs off, headed to the best place around the Smokies for breakfast. I know of a half dozen excellent places, but somehow Carver's is never outdone:biggrin:.

After a good breakfast we headed to a great little Spring creek. And since it rained like Spring the night before we figured the conditions would be just perfect:rolleyes:. I had studied the rainfall from the previous day and like a surgeon selected my stream with upmost certainty. Nothing like certainty to blind you from the real world.

Some of you may be able to find our location by using this sign (hint not all signs in the park have to put not to steal them on there)

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/151_zps776c1bdf.jpg

As we hiked in we passed a young family hiking right before the bridge crossing. I knew the pool above the bridge was perfect and raced ahead so I could hopefully land one for them to see. While the water level was indeed perfect, and the fishing started off great as I landed a sweet keeper as the Dad took a picture (I forgot to take one) and the young girls even touched the slimy fish and looked at his polka-dots before his torture was ended and he was returned from where he came.

Next pool got this guy.

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/154_zps62fdd3c7.jpg

Felt bad when I realized I hooked him in the eye. Felt even worse when I pulled his eye out getting out the hook:frown:. The sacrifice that is made for my enjoyment

Nathan had never been to this creek, but I have a suspicion he will eventually be back

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/157_zps88eb3c1a.jpg

And then in an instant your expectations change:eek:

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/158_zps2bb4467e.jpg

Maybe it won't be so bad (voice in head saying you idiot remember the tornado!) as you try to stay positive. But ahead it only looks like this and furthers your disappointment

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/159_zps698e5cb3.jpg

As I looked ahead where the river made a bend I discussed with Nathan that I thought we were doomed as you could see the forest was considerably thinner ahead. We made the decision to bail. As to not hike back down through the blow downs we veered away from the stream heading in the direction of the trail.

Nathan may just have to stop fishing with me as he must sacrifice a rod each time we go on an adventure:eek:

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/161_zps0292ec63.jpg

Well his 9 foot rod is now an 8 footer and luckily can be used for the day after a minor modification.

Nathan saw a huge spider crawl up under a leaf. I pointed my camera up there

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/163_zps0bfc1fba.jpg

Will continue out of picture room

duckypaddler
09-28-2013, 08:03 PM
Hiked out past a few old home sites on the way to the trail and saw some old buckets, and mattress springs

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/164_zpsaf411f1b.jpg

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/165_zps0299aaa4.jpg

Headed to plan B - just down the street from here. Time to leave Tornado Alley

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/167_zps8a65b516.jpg

Action was good and it was nice to be on familiar waters. Rainbows, Rainbows, Rainbows

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/170_zps695fb284.jpg

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/171_zpsdaa691b7.jpg

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/173_zps81562105.jpg

And finally

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/174_zpsb1dc6aa1.jpg

And the smallest rainbow I've landed in a while. Who cares who can catch the biggest fish. Why not try to hook the smallest fish;)

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/177_zps8cf601fc.jpg

But you come here for the Brookies

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/179_zpsa6cf6f80.jpg

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/180_zps43754f67.jpg

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/183_zps0c3066ff.jpg

Out of picture room again

duckypaddler
09-28-2013, 08:08 PM
Nathan was doing pretty well for himself despite a broken rod

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/185_zps62873ea9.jpg

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/187_zpsa5c5bfe4.jpg

And why did I give him first dibs on this pool

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/190_zps8b553aa1.jpg

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/191_zps49e3f104.jpg

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/192_zps7d51fe4c.jpg

Then I landed this guy

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/Tornado%20Alley/194_zpscfcc973b.jpg

Soon after I broke off in the rhodo and was done. Nathan said he was done also so we found an exit and hiked out to the trail.

Another Smokies adventure - until next time:biggrin:

silvercreek
09-28-2013, 09:37 PM
Great post. Thanks for taking the time to put up all those great photos.

buzzmcmanus
09-29-2013, 06:47 AM
Nice report.

Those signs look like they could be homemade. A stream like that might be worth the effort (insert sarcastic smiley here). I could see myself going around the park hanging them around my favorite stretches of water.

tlshealy
09-29-2013, 09:24 AM
Great post, the brookies are putting on their fall colors:smile: Those blow downs look brutal, hope Nathan has a warranty on his rods!
Tad

Crockett
09-29-2013, 08:16 PM
I hope that stream isn't one that I am familiar with. Nice fishing guys!

AL trout bum
10-01-2013, 03:36 PM
Nice report and even better brookies! Man I wish I could have gotten into some like that this past weekend.