06-08-2007, 10:41 PM
I had a chane to squeeze in a little flyfishing during a forestry meeting in Gatlinburg this Wed/Friday. I fished Greenbriar for around an hour and a half on Wed after getting settled into my motel room. It was around 4:30 pm when I got started which probably wasn't the best time for hatches, etc. I was a little rusty since this was my first action with a long rod since October 06. I had some strikes, but didn't manage to land any fish. I ended up leaving around 6:00 to go to social gathering so I missed the evening hatch. On Thursday I decided to try the W. Prong of the Little Pigeon after a barbecue. I ended up hitting the stream around 7:00 pm, and at that time there were a few bugs hatching and I caught a 8" bow after about ten minutes of fishing. The water level was very low, and the action was a little slow until right before dusk. Then the yellow sallies and caddis started coming off in good numbers and the fish became more cooperative. I caught a few where I couldn't see my fly, but could see the fish striking my fly. I ended up catching 9 bows in the 8-4" range, and it was great being in the smokies again. I hope the drought ceases so I get the opportunity to return later this summer/fall. I sure hated to return to W. TN after my brief trip, but it was nice break after having some health issues earlier this year.