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hookedontrout
06-03-2014, 01:20 PM
My boys and I headed for our fourth backcountry trip. Unlike our past trips, the weather was perfect, water levels were great, and the fish were cooperative. We got to the trailhead nice and early and hiked up to the campsite. Now that my boys are big and surly, they allowed me to go off and fish while they set up the camp. Unlike past years, I felt perfectly safe to leave them alone at the camp since they are now bigger (and significantly meaner) than I am.

This was from our first backcountry trip ever in 2011 (it was 26 degrees that night, brrr)
http://i25.servimg.com/u/f25/15/25/82/81/13912.jpg

This is from yesterday
http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/b503/leeho86/Smokies%202014/DSCF7531_zps53d12803.jpg


The campsite had lots of bear claw marks
http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/b503/leeho86/Smokies%202014/DSCF7544_zps72d2a01f.jpg

I set up with a neversink caddis with the pink weenie dropper and immediately hooked into a nice rainbow.
http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/b503/leeho86/Smokies%202014/DSCF7532_zpscc324dab.jpg

This is the hole I got him in
http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/b503/leeho86/Smokies%202014/DSCF7533_zpse363738c.jpg

My next one was nicely colored brook
http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/b503/leeho86/Smokies%202014/DSCF7535_zps55c1a797.jpg

Finally got one on the dry! Only three on the dry for the day.
http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/b503/leeho86/Smokies%202014/DSCF7538_zps015b4fc1.jpg

Got a lot of nice brookies like this one
http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/b503/leeho86/Smokies%202014/DSCF7537_zpsefff277e.jpg

While most of the fish were caught with the pink weenie, I switched up to a BH flashback PT and got two before I switched back.
http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/b503/leeho86/Smokies%202014/DSCF7541_zps84f29bc4.jpg

Water was perfect!
http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/b503/leeho86/Smokies%202014/DSCF7542_zps66b490be.jpg

Last one of the day
http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/b503/leeho86/Smokies%202014/DSCF7546_zps86591cf4.jpg

From this hole
http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/b503/leeho86/Smokies%202014/DSCF7548_zpse24240f3.jpg

I feel incredibly blessed to be able to go camping with my boys. It was wonderful to be fishing in the Smokies. I have not had much luck in the past and many of you have mentioned the learning curve. While I still miss a ton of strikes, I had my best day ever fishing wise in the GSMNP and had even a better time spending time with my sons. I love the camping and fishing in the Smokies. There is a special something here that I do not get anywhere else. Can't wait for our fifth annual trip.

TNflyfishing
06-03-2014, 01:28 PM
Thanks for sharing! This makes me think I should take my boys camping before they graduate and leave home.

ifish4wildtrout
06-03-2014, 01:57 PM
What an awesome trip!!! I recognize that stream, wad there last month and the fishing was slow, glad you had a good trip.

hookedontrout
06-03-2014, 03:13 PM
What an awesome trip!!! I recognize that stream, wad there last month and the fishing was slow, glad you had a good trip.

You and Rex would have caught tons yesterday. The water was perfect. I only fished around the camp, starting a little bit down before the bridge where the stream splits. The stream looks really nice just a bit up from the trailhead with nice long runs, where browns might lurk. Have you ever fished there? If so how does that fish?

ifish4wildtrout
06-03-2014, 06:16 PM
I have fished up both streams from there about a mile or more. Mostly brook trout and Rainbow with Brook being predominanti the further you go. I know there are probably a few Browns up that high but I have never personally

duckypaddler
06-03-2014, 09:01 PM
Awesome:biggrin:

I bet the time between shot 1 & 2 has gone by in a flash.

I agree that there is something about the Smokies that is so special that nowhere else seems fulfill me:biggrin:

Thanks for posting and glad you finally had favorable conditions;)

hookedontrout
06-03-2014, 09:54 PM
Awesome:biggrin:

I bet the time between shot 1 & 2 has gone by in a flash.

I agree that there is something about the Smokies that is so special that nowhere else seems fulfill me:biggrin:

Thanks for posting and glad you finally had favorable conditions;)

Duckypaddler - I enviously read your posts of your many trips to these streams. In one post, you mentioned that the neversink caddis with a pink weenie dropper was your set up 90% of the time here. It was that advice that made me order some of those flies from LRO, and that was the difference for me yesterday, so a big THANK YOU. Yes, they grow fast, fortunately we have been able to make at one camping trip here at least once annually.

imnohero
06-04-2014, 03:42 PM
Thanks for posting your Smokys fishing trip pictures

Time in the Smokys fishing does fly by.

I will be there soon enough with not enough time to spend there, but it will be worth ever second I am there.

hungNtree
06-04-2014, 05:31 PM
Great pics and a great report! Thanks for sharing! I to read your posts with great envy!

Thanks again,
hNt