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Waterborn
05-12-2007, 06:14 PM
Had a good day out in the mtns. Seeing as how I found myself solo and decided that since I haven't been in the Park in a while, going for a Trout Slam would be the best way to visit all the waters I like to fish... I started out @ Metcalf and flogged the water a while with a dry despite no hatch activity and finally decided to high stick some runs with a PT. I tied into a nice brown about a foot long, lean and snakey - it was a great fight...the water was 60 around noon time and I was hoping to see some more bug activity as I headed up to Elkmont looking for a 'Bow since none had made an appearance yet.
Elkmont (just below) turned out several average 'bows on a small para-thunderhead...I was surprised on the way that I did not see very many anglers out - maybe the threat of rain or everyone suited up and went combat fishing the tailwaters.
At any rate, with 2/3 of the troutslam complete, I headed to higher ground for my spec...and wouldn't you know, it started to rain, so much so my dry would not stay afloat...but it soon passed and the brookies were really active and it took only a few casts to finish the trifecta...So I continued to fish and then I saw this nice sized orange-red stripe finning near the surface of a slack pool, but several of my initial casts pulled out 2 'bows and a smaller spec before this one sipped my fly. The color was outrageous and it was about 8-9 inches with a big headed bucket mouth and slender body. The body color was somewhat faded, but the fins an belly were spawning colored up - odd for this time of year, but beautiful just the same...as I was sitting there photoing it, I hear "Nice brookie" from over my shoulder and I look up to see two conservation officers looking down on me...can kinda unnerve ya even though I wasn't doing anything illeagal...we chatted some - I expressed my concern about the growing number of bows here over the years and they agreed that there's too many.... They went on their way, and I was surprised they didn't ask for my license...
Anyhow, it was a good day to be out about, the rain was temporary and there wasn't the usual amount of traffic - with my troutslam complete in 3 hours time I would be home intime for dinner - one can't ask for anything better than that (except for maybe getting a smallie to complete a true smoky mountain slam - uh, does a warpaint shiner count instead?)...
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David Knapp
05-12-2007, 06:18 PM
Nice report and AMAZING brookie!

pineman19
05-12-2007, 08:57 PM
Great pics and report Waterborn!. You have me itching to go flyfishing, been cooped up pretty much since having heart surgery last month. Hopefully, I'll get to head that way sometime in June. Keep up the good fishing and reports.

Neal

Woody
05-12-2007, 10:01 PM
Sweet, Nice photos, I get to go fishing tomrrow, Yes on mothers day. Celerbrated today. Got my wife a 4 wt TFO, golf balls and some new tire for my truck %$#@ I mean her truck.

DryFly1
05-13-2007, 12:10 AM
Excellent report and pics!