View Full Version : Middle Prong Yesterday

03-04-2007, 04:27 PM
I'm new here on the message board. I've been a customer to Little River Outfitters for more than a decade now. My college roommate got me into fly fishing about a decade ago. It's been a learning experience, that learning will never end in this sport. I moved to Knoxville in '88 and didn't pick up fly fishing until '97. Being from West TN all I did was fish Crappie on the TN River or go to Pickwick Lake.

I tried my hand at the Middle Prong yesterday and only had a couple of bites. My reaction time needs some work. lol!! I had an awesome adventure with the rushing waters and was actually met by 3 kayaker's who were very friendly. Getting across the stream to get to the holes I wanted to fish proved difficult due to the latest rain. I started up close to Tremont and within 45 minutes my wife had to go to the bathroom. So we headed back to town for a minute and then I went back to the first bridge. I didn't reel anything in except for a small tree branch. The wind was much more of an issue by the bridge. Some of the gusts were so hard it would just throw the line even on my forward casts. Roll casting was a must and to say the least that's proven to be difficult for me for some reason. I know I'll get it someday.

After leaving there at about 4:20 my wife and I decided to ride through Cades Cove. I wish we would have brought our camera. We saw 34 deer, 1 coyote (15-20 feet from the truck), and 3 turkey's. What was amazing is that I've been going to Cades Cove since I moved here and this is the first time I've ever seen a buck. He was about a 7-8 point. What I find interesting is that this couple was approaching him and 3 doe's in a field with a video camera. They were less than 40 yards from him. And to beat all, the coyote caused a stir of people to stop and some people parked right across the road from him and got out of the vehicle!! ( he was maybe 5-6 feet from the roads edge) I just shook my head in amazement. I was thinking "this ain't some dog from home here folks". The coyote was amazing. That dog was ripped. The muscles were very pronounced in his shoulders. I've heard them up there, but haven't seen them that close. It seems the animals have the itch for spring just as bad as we do.

I was tempted to go to the Clinch today, but decided to stay home and just burn the rest of the firewood I've brought into the garage from the woodpile.

I could write a book of details about yesterday very easily, but I have no exciting catches to tell about. Just funny tales of me fumbling around in the water.


03-04-2007, 07:29 PM
it always amazes me how people will approach the animals. last fall I saw some people walk up about 10 yards from the biggest bear I've ever seen in the smokies. all the bears I'd seen before were fairly small. this thing was scary just to look at and was digging around violently in the ground for something.

David Knapp
03-04-2007, 07:51 PM
Welcome to the board! Glad you had a good day out and about in the park...

03-04-2007, 08:42 PM
Nice report...we had much the same experience last weekend - no fish, but some wildlife. Spring is coming, though - the pollen is starting to coat the cars down here.

03-04-2007, 08:46 PM
Thanks for the welcome!

Trevor, I couldn't agree more. Especially after the couple of deaths from bears that happened in the last few years. I was shocked to see this family get out of their Envoy and turn around to get pictures of the coyote. The look on that animals face was one of business. He obviously smelled something he wanted. I just shake my head in disbelief at people like that.