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jzimmerman 06-10-2008 07:28 PM

Chimney Tops 6/7/08 report
Just letting yall know I went up to the chimney tops area last Saturday in search for some brookies. I got to the water around 1 that afternoon and fished until around 8:15 or so. To my dismay I didn't catch a single book trout but... I had the best day of trout fishing that I have ever had! I caught somewhere in the low 20's of rainbow trout and most of them where decent sized too! I didn't see another person all day and the weather was great! The only down side to the day was that as it started to get dark I realized that I was way down in a valley from the road and ended up having to do a little rock climbing to get back to the road. So just a warning that looking back should have seemed obvious if you do go fishing in this area it would probably be a good idea to drive a little further to find where you are going to get out;). Oh and I caught most of my fish on a 16 size parachute adams in gray color. And once again thank to the guys at LFO for pointing me in the right direction, those guys are alway super helpful!

jeffnles1 06-11-2008 10:45 AM

Were you up above the picnic area? That can be some interesting boulder hopping for sure.

Congrats on a fine day fishing.


jzimmerman 06-11-2008 12:15 PM

Yes, I was about a mile or two past the picnic area. Sometimes I felt like I was rock climbing more than fishing but the boulders gave me good cover to hide behind.

nvr2L8 06-11-2008 09:20 PM


From the sounds of it, you were in the gorge. One of my absolute favorite places to fish. Last year early in the summer, there was a mixture of brookies and bows in the gorge and as the summer/drought wore on, the brookies evidently migrated to higher ground leaving almost exclusively bows in the parts below the Chimneys trailhead.

I have only been to the gorge once this year and that trip was cut short by a fishing partner that gave out early. Can't wait to get back up there and try some of my favorite spots again.

jzimmerman 06-11-2008 09:49 PM

Well I will most certainly be going back sometime. If you ever need someone to fish it with you just let me know. I can stay as long as you want. I almost stayed to late last time.

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