Father & Son - Easter Weekend
This was the second consecutive Easter weekend we have spent in the Smokies. I sure hope it continues for years to come!
Last year we were skunked...not this year!
My young son actually enjoys hiking and waterfalls as much as fishing, which is absolutely fine with me.
The highlight of the trip was a trip to the Albright Grove. I'm 43 and I've never seen a virgin stand of timber on the east coast....and the fishing up there was pretty good too!
I caught brookies in two different streams up there and I can certainly understand why Bobby Kilby gives one of the streams an "A" rating. I fished the area right at the crossing and nearly hit double digits on top with an EHC.
Maybe it was our lucky hats!
We probably put in about 15 miles in three days and he has already started planning our next trip!
Beautiful brookies!!! Just incredible colors...
Speck-tacular report and photos WVBrookie! I may have to invest in one of those hats like your son is wearing. It appears that it might double as on-board tying material. :smile:
WVBrookie--Kudos, first of all, on the lovely specks. Even more significant though is true quality time with your son.
I'm going to quote one of my favorite writers from yesteryear, Archibald Rutledge, in that regard: "Providence gave me three sons. . . . It was not possible for me to give them what we usually call the advantages of wealth. I made up my mind to do my best for them. I decided primarily to make them sportsmen, for I have a conviction that to be a sportsman is a mighty long step in the direction of being a man. . . . I have found that the outdoors inculcates patience, demands discipline and iron nerve, and develops a serenity of spirity that makes for long life and long love of live. And it is my fixed conviction that if a parent can give his children a passionate and wholesome devotion to the outdoors, the fact that he cannot leave each of them a fortune does not really matter so much. They will always enjoy life in its nobler aspects without money and without price. They will worship the Creator in his mighty works. And because they know and love the natural world, they will always feel at home in the wide, sweet habitations of the Ancient Mother."
You may find a finer outdoor credo, but I've read all the greats--Aldo Leopold, Ivan Turgenev, Ortega y Gasset, and others--and Rutlege puts it as well as I've ever seen.
One other matter. If you loved Albright Grove (and who wouldn't?) you owe it to yourself to take a few hours off from fishing and walk the Boogerman Trail out of Cataloochee. I don't know of anywhere in the Park with more impressive virgin woodland unless it's possibly way up the right fork of Raven Fork above Three Forks, and getting there is a booger while the Boogerman Trail is a breeze.
Thanks Mr. Casada!
As my son was researching trails and waterfalls, the Boogerman Trail was at the top of his list - simply for namesake. Also at the top of his list was Grotto Falls, but with road closings we couldn't get to either from Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg...You can't get there from here! :biggrin:
Our next trip we'll come in from I-40 east and hit Boogerman!
Congratulations on both the fish and getting to spend time with your son.
My boy and I have been fishing together for most of his life and we've been fly fishing together for about 4 years now.
The times we fish together are the best memories of my life. He's 15 now and still looks forward to going fishing with me. We're going to be in the Smokeys from the 14th through the 18th.
These times with the kids are priceless.
I'm sure your son will appreciate it even more in years to come than he does now.
Beautiful fish. Nothing compares to them in the park IMO. I agree, you should enjoy those father/son trips while you can. My son is going on 17 this year, and between school, work and visiting a girl across town, he just doesn't have time to fish with dad anymore. Next summer he will probably be leaving to go away for college.:frown:
Great looking boy there, and I love that cap. Reminds me of Fess Parker.
GREAT, GREAT, TRIP!!!!!
Looks like someone needs a hair cut :p
Just kidding, I went through that phase. After my Freshman year, I got sick of it, too much work. The girls sure did like my hair though ;)
As far as the fish, the first couple pictures were a KNIFE in my side, and the last ones turned it.
Enjoyed your post very much. Hold on to every minute you can on these trips with your son. You will turn around twice and be 60 years old, your son will be grown ,with his own family and you will be missing the time you used to get to spend with him.
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