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David Knapp 10-27-2006 11:21 PM

A nice day
The sky was heavy with dark clouds that flew from horizon to horizon. A gentle rain had been falling all morning and I was hoping that some good browns would be on the move. The river was low and clear and things were looking up. I decided to head up higher to water that was all wild fish and see what happened.

A Tellico tributary was my goal and I flew along, over and around the ridges. As I approached the bridge were I would first see the river, I noticed that the water looked awfully swift. Sure enough, the stream was high and off color. After a brief stop to make sure it wasn’t worth my time, I decided to head towards the upper Tellico and maybe some more tribs. High water seemed to be the theme of the day until I saw a stream entering the main river that looked semi normal. It was up and stained but not chocolate milk. “The fish should be feeding….” I thought to myself.

I was soon in the water with a fish on and things were looking up. However, I couldn’t keep any more on long enough to get a good look at them. Finally, the thought came to me to do some exploring so I headed to higher elevations in search of a brookie. The normally small trickles that originate high on the mountains were a lot higher but not too dirty. I had a few hits before I landed my first monster brookie! A solid 2 inches!!!

Happy that I caught one, I almost quit for the day but decided to try a couple more holes. I found a nice spot where a tiny feeder creek entered. My nymph was lobbed up into the small pool and the line came alive. “That’s a nice rainbow for this little stream” I mused. When I saw the fish, I had a pleasant surprise. It was another brookie and this one was a fat 8 1/2 inches. The day suddenly seemed brighter as I slipped out the hook and watched the fish fade back into the pool…

Giantfish 10-27-2006 11:53 PM

Re: A nice day
:) That was a nice day! The rain would have annoyed me but I have caught good fish in the rain. The water would have knocked me down even on the bank, :o if it was as swift as you said. I wish I could have done that but I'm only 14 and go to school. :'( I do get a time during school to use this board. (We get a free time on the computer.) I hope yours and my days are like that more often. Well have a good one!


David Knapp 10-28-2006 01:17 AM

Re: A nice day
The water WAS definately very swift. I was suprised that it was up as much as it looked. I'm sure someone with a kayak would have had a great time... ;D

DryFly1 10-28-2006 11:32 PM

Re: A nice day
Hey Plateau Angler,

Great story, If you read my post about " Just Fishing in the Rain" than you know where I stand on this particular day! After a day like that you feel invigorated...
Congrats on a great day...

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