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bigsur
01-13-2014, 02:45 PM
Well the LRO report said high but with such a beautiful day I could not resist getting an outdoor fix. I knew the water was going to be high but off I went with the thinking being just get out, and explore a bit.

So off I go and hit Elkmont first, very few people out on the road or trail, which is another reason I love the park in winter. Yes I had on the waders and rod and yes the people I did run across all said the same thing, "Any luck? That water sure looks high.!" :biggrin:

Going in looked great!

http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r487/bigsur06/20140112_130755_zps7cbebd7b.jpg



YIKES!


http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r487/bigsur06/20140112_151345_zpsb7c64434.jpg


http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r487/bigsur06/20140112_151429_zps5654e32d.jpg


Uhhh... I don't remember that tree last week!:confused:

http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r487/bigsur06/20140112_151814_zpse5667303.jpg


Here is a point of reference for you, sometimes I will wade the creek on the left side to fish the right side of the island. Normally it is ankle deep at best, the rock in the center is the size of a tall utility building.


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The water was even running off the right side of the trail down the mountain in places you never see!

http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r487/bigsur06/20140112_152240_zps5e43845a.jpg


Some of you will recognize this stretch coming into Elkmont, Little River was truly a river Sunday!

http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r487/bigsur06/20140112_160527_zpsccaeb064.jpg






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The white spot in the middle is actually a small bird working a hatch thst popped off about 4pm in the area above. Not a great shot he would not hold still, evidently eating is more important than posing for the the wildlife in the park!

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Even Metcalf had white caps at 5pm.


http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r487/bigsur06/20140112_164201_zps0bc8a80b.jpg

The moral of this story is when Byron's LRO fishing report says it's 1000 plus cfm and be careful. Listen! I knew what to expect but could not turn down a sunshine day in the middle of winter. Just a few casts to get a fix and the rest of the time just roaming. No fish but still a great day outdoors!

duckypaddler
01-13-2014, 03:47 PM
Nice report!

Next time just let me know when you want to play during high water and I'll bring my double boat;) Water level looked pretty sweet for boating. Hike up Elkmont - 2 foot drop, 2 foot drop, 2 foot drop, and repeat:biggrin:

Rob Johnson
01-13-2014, 10:30 PM
Great pictures. Thanks

bigsur
01-14-2014, 12:41 PM
Ducky
I was suprised not to see you out on the water, it was a perfect day for your sense of adventure. There were the usual gathering of kayaker's out making runs, I should have got some shots of them, but by the time your ready to shoot, they are 50 yards downstream!

bmadd
01-14-2014, 01:33 PM
I have an identical picture of that bend before Elkmont from back in October. When I get home I'll try to post it to show the difference for those that don't know it. That's a big difference!

WRN
01-14-2014, 01:54 PM
Something that makes mountain stream fishing great is the fact that the streams are always changing a bit. Nearly every season brings a different look to the structure and how we have to fish it. Like the new fallen tree in the creek in your one photo!

b_vanfossen
01-23-2014, 09:40 PM
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