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RollinTide4
10-26-2007, 02:44 PM
Water looked pretty good from the entrance bridge I decided to go down stream to the right. I travled about a mile or so down stream but fish seemed to be kindly slow. I caught 3 rainbows within 4 hours. The Pa was not looked at much seen quite a few fish. Tommorow Im going to try up stream to the left of the bridge and am going to try the fly that pete caught all of his on and try there. Sorry I have photos from today but I forgot my usb cable at home or I would upload them.

Rog 1
10-26-2007, 03:13 PM
If you are looking for brookies try driving past the parking area, thru the loop and pull off at the first parking spot where the river comes back to the road...Walkers Camp Prong.....get to it while there is still some water around.

RollinTide4
10-26-2007, 03:46 PM
yeah i would like to catch a few of them before heading out sunday wich way should I fish up or down stream when I get there?

PeteCz
10-26-2007, 04:28 PM
I may get overruled on this one, but I think you should always fish upstream (at least always on small streams with wild trout). You won't be able to sneak up on a fish if he can see you (which they most definitely can if you are facing them). You have a much better chance of going unseen if you are behind them (although sometimes the fish seem to resemble my parents when I was a kid - eyes in the back of their heads!).

The first two fish I caught yesterday, I crept up behind a boulder and cast around it up into a pool about 3' above me from 15' away. The only thing that was visible was part of my rod tip and I worked from the back end of the pool to the top. Anytime I could see the fish, they usually took off (probably sensed me from walking along the banks - or falling in the stream...).

It took me several years to start catching fish in the park. The main reason was that I wasn't sneaky enough. You can cast well, pick the perfect fly, go at the right times, fish the best pools, but if you aren't sneaky, you won't catch fish in the Park...You'd be surprised how many more fish you can catch by sitting down, crouching, casting from behind a boulder or hiding in a rhododendron (I have a love-hate relationships with the rhodies...).

Best of luck! Be sneaky!

Rog 1
10-26-2007, 04:55 PM
The last post was right on point.....I have always fished upstream....going downstream from this point will put you into the top of the gorge and there is some steep plunge pools between there and the Chimney's trailhead. I was up there the first of the month and there wasn't enough water to fish this section. Even when there could be water found I was having to cast 3 pools ahead with many a time having all but my leader resting on rocks or gravel....this is generally a fairly easy fish and not too steep ..... a small stimulator or caddis in yellow or orange should bring a spec or two to hand...good luck and let us know how you do.

nvr2L8
10-26-2007, 06:52 PM
Rollin,

One more suggestion and then I'll quit. In addition to Rog 1's spot (I've fished there and it's nice), go up another mile or two to the Alumn Cave Bluffs and Mt. Leconte Trailhead parking lot on the left side of the road. The river is right at the road there and Byron at LRO has said there is some good brookie fishing from there up. I've not been up that far when the water was sufficient for fishing but if it's still up this weekend, that's another option.

Best of luck. If we could, we'd all be there with you. :smile:

RollinTide4
10-26-2007, 11:05 PM
thanks guys for the knowledge ill let you know how I do tommorow.

nvr2L8
10-26-2007, 11:49 PM
Rollin,

Turns out I'm going to be up on WPLP starting around 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. If you see a blue Xterra, that will be me. I'll probably be jumping in at a pulloff about .7 mile below the Chimneys trailhead.

Hope to see you on the river.

Brian Griffing
10-27-2007, 05:14 PM
In general, fishing upstream is definitely the way to go. But if I can't get anything to come to the surface, I start stripping mayfly and caddis imitations across the water to see if I can get the fish to react to movement. This is most easily done from upstream. I try to be extra sneaky, even ninja sneaky, and cast across and downstream, letting the fly take a natural drift into the current and then swing across. I then strip the fly in short bursts, doing my best to make it look like an adult fly laying eggs. This is usually a last resort, but it has worked very well for me at times in the Park, especially on Abrams.

Paula Begley
10-27-2007, 06:12 PM
As admin on the site, allow me to present the first ever "Best Reason for Editing" award! :biggrin:

Brilliant....just brilliant.

Paula

nvr2L8
10-28-2007, 12:01 AM
Guess beer drinking isn't limited to bass fishermen, huh?

Rollin,
How did it go today? Hope things went well for you. I looked for you this morning - had some extra stimulators but there were several Alabama vehicles up and down the road.

Beautiful day for fishing - weather, water, fall colors, and a few hungry fish. It was one of those "Why we fish" days.

patillac
10-28-2007, 12:32 AM
Hey nvr2L8, how'd you do today? I believe I saw your vehicle today. Blue Xterra huh? I figured someone was fishin when I pulled in there and didn't see anyone nearby. That's one of my favorite spots. Always a few nice rainbows, and a spec here and there. And, if you get in and don't make it to the trailhead, you get some climbing in too. Definetly a "why we fish" day.

nvr2L8
10-28-2007, 09:05 AM
Patillac,

Yep, that was me. I caught 7, all rainbows. They were really picky with flies; I tried a standard Parachute Adams, a stimulator and a female PA. Caught one on the stimi and one on the female PA and decided it was time to bite the bullet and try nymphs. I've really never tried to fish with nymphs but after I saw a really nice rainbow come up and "sniff" my dry a few times and go back down to the bottom of the pool, I thought "What the heck?" That same bow took my nymph so I stayed with it. Caught four on nymphs and one more on the leader dry; hey, I'll take 'em any way I can get 'em.

Also caught a couple of good gusts of wind up the gorge that took my dry/nymph rig and whipped it into a hopeless knot of line around my rod. The second instance was without making the first cast after cleaning up my first mess. That's a lot of knots to have to retie, especially when your fingers are starting to get a little stiff from the cool air in the gorge.

But all-in-all, a great day. All the beauty of the Smokies and a new experience with nymph fishing. Can't beat it.:biggrin:

Brian Griffing
10-28-2007, 10:01 AM
"As admin on the site, allow me to present the first ever "Best Reason for Editing" award! :biggrin:
Brilliant....just brilliant."
-Paula

Thanks, Paula. Geez, this is so unexpected. And I have so many people to thank. First and foremost the good people of the Yuenglueng Brewery in Pottsville, Pa., the owners of the BP down the road who have recently begun selling my favorite beer, ummm... the entire Navy football team whose dismal performance against a 1-AA team yesterday upset me to no end and inspired me to crack that first beer early in the afternoon. LRO for giving me an outlet to express my drunken ramblings, all the posters on this message board, and lastly to Spurrier's Gamecocks who turned the ball over four times, breathing fresh life into the Vols SEC title hopes. I am sure am missing someone, but my time is up. Thank you all. This will go right up on my fireplace mantle. Thank you.

nvr2L8
10-28-2007, 11:55 AM
Brian,

Have any pretzels with that beer?

Arlo
10-30-2007, 09:57 AM
I fished at .7 miles past the Chimney Parking and caught a couple rainbows on Saturday and had a ton of hits. Sunday I caught a couple of very small Browns in Little River. I tried to get a Brook Monday am with no success but wne tback to the .7 miles pulloff and caught a couple more rainbows again with a ton of hits. 1st time in the Park and caught 2 of 3 species. I was very satisfied with my 1st trip. Thanks to LRO for the help and the fly selection. Orange Stimulator with rubber legs. (Only fly I had any luck with beside the Green Weenie)

RollinTide4
10-30-2007, 09:01 PM
not too good