Spent part of this past weekend with the folks at a popular campground on the NC side. This was my first time past Newfound Gap and I was excited to spend some time on the water.
Woke up to rain at 6:30 on Saturday. Rain doesn't sound near as bad inside an RV as it does in a tent! Crept out while everyone was asleep; while I was hoping to go after brookies, I was short on time so jumped into the stream after a short hike.
Despite the rain the stream was very clear. Didn't seem too high but when I stepped out into the water the flow was quite strong.
Managed a small camera shy rainbow before hooking up with this little guy. Just upstream was a short cascade with a likely holding spot on the far side of the stream. Threw my rig over and on the second toss a clinch sized rainbow turned over in the water. He wasn't interested after that but just the sight was exciting.
After a short breakfast break, got back on the stream, this time with the boss.
Things slowed down for several hours. Finally I said, 1 more fish and I'm done. Promptly caught a small rainbow but had left the camera along the stream. On the way out I decided to give it one more shot and get a picture. Stepped in to a likely hole, second cast and I had my largest park rainbow in hand. Wouldn't you know it, camera dies as I'm trying to take a picture!
Great day and very much enjoyed this stream.