Fall feeding frenzy - Don't forget your dinner jacket
For the second time in a row we get a decent rain in the mountains and I hope to go kayaking. But no, all the rain is sucked up by the carst, soil, trees, and undergropund aquifiers, and 12 hours later the streams are perfectly clear and already dropped out. :eek:
Well while this would be no good for kayaking, I knew it was time to grab the rod and head for the mountains. Tried to meet up with Freddie, but he was heading for the SoHo, and his 6:45 Knoxville departure time didn't tempt my towards the tailwaters:rolleyes:
So off to the mountains I went:biggrin:
Hit LRO for some more Frog's Fanny (never seem to buy enough for myself) and a few flies. Paula insisted I take some halloween candy for my twins (they love the fishing store), and I was on my way.
Passed two hikers on way in, and asked if they saw any fisherman. They had seen one guy upstream, and 10 minutes later seeing a guy hiking back down had ideas of having tyhe stream all to myself:smile:. Unfortunately he told me of another guy, and then 3 more guys heading that way so he didn't even bother:frown:. I wasn't about to change plans and thought I may have to do some more hiking and maybe even hit the headwaters stream but I was heading up the creek.
While this would normally be considered low to med flow, with the lack of rain we have had the last couple months it felt like Spring
Came to a crossing and found only 1 set of boot prints. Turned over a pretty good fish in the pool above as I did a sampling, and searched for more prints. At next good pool was another fresher set, and two minutes later I caught up to 2 people. The fisherman immediately told me I could have the water right in front of him, and I asked how much longer he was going to be fishing. He said a couple hours so I said I would give him plenty of fresh water and hike upstream. After working up a good sweat I made it to a good drop in place. Within a minute I landed my first fish of the day.
Within a few more minutes I finally found one properly dressed
Most of the fish I was catching were around this size. But they were biting like crazy:biggrin:
A few were more formal than others
The scenery was beautiful ,and the temperature was perfect. Gotta love the first days of Fall
And a little closer
While I did catch a few keeper sized fish, I didn't catch any monsters or anything that made me even pull out the tape.
I was so busy fishing I had to remember to stop and take in my surrounding every now and again:smile:
And look deeply into skelator:eek:
And back to fishing
And another pretty dresser:biggrin:
Along with the great fishing I was also able to solve a long Smokies mystery as to where drinkwater pool lies. Sorry Crockett, you Mr Reed, Hoover, et all have been looking in the wrong stream:biggrin:
At long last the REAL coffin rock - eat your hearts out Harvet Broome lovers
:rolleyes: - well maybe not;)
Hit a nice round number with this fish which also coincided with the stream hitting near the trail so I decided to call it a day
Great day in the mountains, and my best fishing numbers wise since Spring. Get it while you can:biggrin:
Looks pretty awesome. I admire your diligence taking pictures of all those fish. WHen the fishing is on like that, I just can't summon the patience to photograph. I guess this means you got a new camera/old camera fixed?
Man, great trip!! I'm so envious, I want to get to GSMNP and fish soooo bad but I think it'll be '13 before I get back. I hate that. It's bad for my sanity. Congrats on a great trip!!!!! On the note of losing track of your surroundings, I can relate! I've done that so many times. You get so focused on the stream you get tunnel vision.
Thanks for the "Pic Heavy" post.so that those of us that can't be there can fish vicariously through your photos :smile:.
I like it!
Nice pics James I bet Steve Moore nailed that tag in that tree many moons ago. Oh the hunt for the elusive coffin rock. Here is Dutch Roth's grandson Charlie Roth standing on the real coffin rock (up above Ramsey Cascades) holding an ice axe used to kill trout humanely of course:
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