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JohnH0802 03-22-2010 09:20 AM

Quick Smokies Trip
I decided after looking at the weather reports that I would make a last minute trip up this weekend to do a little fishing. Brought my fishing partner Larry, and my daughter Jessica.

We fishing the Straight Fork on Saturday and had a decent day. I caught one of the biggest trout I have caught in the park, a 13" rainbow. Great looking fish that still had a hook in his jaw.

Larry caught a great brown a short time later, just over 13 inches, also with a hook jaw.

We caught several other decent browns and rainbows. We decided to release 7 to grease...

I ended up almost catching a park slam.....I had the rainbow and the brown, but the brook was about 2 inches too little!

On Sunday we got up and decided to fish the trophy section. We caught a few fish, and I caught one bruiser rainbow.

I cannot tell you how good it was to finally get into the mountains. We had a great trip.

Carlito 03-22-2010 09:25 AM

Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

ifish4wildtrout 03-22-2010 09:29 AM

Looks like a great day and some nice wild trout.

Did you see any bears?

Speck Lover 03-22-2010 10:06 AM

Good deal John, it looks and sounds like you guys had a stellar day.

buzzmcmanus 03-23-2010 07:06 AM

Looks like you had a great weekend. Thanks for posting.

Waterborn 03-23-2010 09:50 AM

Great fish... wild trout - a slam is a slam and in early spring no doubt, great stuff...

Noonan 03-23-2010 09:57 AM

Great weekend to be over there. Thanks for the report and good looking fish!

No Hackle 03-23-2010 10:41 AM


flyred06 03-23-2010 11:00 AM

Totally awesome. I am jealous of both the fish and a couple of the rods you have in those photos. Way to go man.:smile:

Jim Casada 03-23-2010 01:44 PM

Thanks for sharing and for the photos. I would point out that almost certainly one of the browns (the first one pictured which, if I read the post right, your friend caught) is not a wild fish. Compare the coloration and placement of the red spots on it and the brown shown later and you will readily notice a marked difference. Also, the fins are suggestive, but in my experience you can always tell a wild trout. I don't know what changes the placement and nature of the red spots, but it happens.
As for the first brown pictured, I suspect it is a trout stocked in Reservation waters which made its way upstream.
Beyond that, a slam is a slam, whether the speck was four inches or a foot. Congratulations, and what particularly pleases me is having the young lady involved. Nothing quite matches passing it on.
Jim Casada

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