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CinciVol
02-18-2008, 07:39 PM
I figured out yesterday that today was Presidents day and I had the day off! And what better way to spend an unanticipated day off than in the Smokies messing around in a creek. I've lived in Knoxville since July and have been hitting the tailwaters pretty hard, but I thought I would give the Little River a try to see if I could catch my first mountain trout now that it has somw water in it.

I started out fishing up near Metcalf Bottoms and managed to hook a ~8-10 inch brown that managed to wrap around my legs twice before throwing the hook. He bit on a #10 beadhead tellico. I almost counted it as my first Smokies trout despite not bringing it to hand, but fortunately I caught a couple more fish later, so I didn't have to leave an asterisk next to my first fish. Other than scaring off a couple a big browns, that's all the luck I had at Metcalf. I packed up and headed to Elkmont to try my luck at some skinnier water. I ended up catching two small, but VERY colorful 'Bows near the Institute on a copper john.

Of course, In addition to my first mountain trout, I caught my first (and second through tenth) mountain tree/stick. All in all, I had a blast and I can see the lure of the mountain streams over the tailwaters. The rivers looked beautiful, full of clear cold water and the surrounding trees and cliffs really make you feel like you are fishing in a magazine article.

I can't wait to get back when the weather warms up a bit!

David Knapp
02-18-2008, 08:00 PM
Congrats on the trout and the trees...:biggrin: Those trees and sticks are sneaky, just when you think there aren't possibly any nearby, one will strike...:rolleyes:

Out of curiousity, how big would you say the larger browns were you saw?

I'll be up that way soon and might have to go looking for the big guys...:cool:

CinciVol
02-19-2008, 08:40 AM
Plateau,

I saw a couple of browns near Metcalf that I'd guess were in the 16" range and one in Tremont that was about 12-14". Nothing huge, but they looked fat, and were in VERY shallow water.