So Sandy brought the snowstorm and I think the Smokies are over. Then a week of moderate temps get me a ok day on Twentymile and 50 degree temps. Then a trip to Sam's, which wasn't a complete bust because we found Nvr2l8's alum water bottle, but still cost me only one snagged fish and 45 degree temps. So know I'm sure it time to hit the tailwaters till the Spring. Then that darn David Knapp comes to town, and low and behold the fishings great. This somehow fools me into thinking that there still might be some time left to catch fish, and maybe we should give it a go. So using logic Nathan and I make a plan to fish the Little Horseshoe since it's about as low elevation as one can get and is Spring fed.
Lot's of wildlife out today. On the trip in we saw Turkey, more deer than one could count, a Bear, a Hawk, and I don't remember what else.
Ooh that's right OTTERS - 3 swimming right above the bridge at the headwaters of Abrams. Lousy shot, but it's all I could get
The parking lot was as empty as I have ever seen it, and we had an easy walk in. Here is looking down at the Big Horseshoe. I'll try and hit that one when it warmer with more daylight hours.
Here Nathan walks over 1.3 river miles in just 60 feet or so as the trail cuts through the Big Horseshoe
We soon arive at the falls and do the tourist thing. We both cast into the back of the pool, but you really need a good 60 yard cast to hit the good spot without spooking things. I guess this is why the masters such as Hugh Hartsell are able to hook monsters I can not even see.
A shot of the Falls
We climb above the falls and I'm instanly confused. While I have never fished this section of stream, or Abrams at all for that matter, I have paddled it before. While I don't expect my memory to be perfectly clear (trip was 2006), I distinctly remember s decent Class 3 rapid right above the falls. While it wasn't a hard rapid it did have some "pucker factor" since you had to catch a small eddy only about 6 feet wide right above the Falls.
After looking back at the picture I took when paddling that day, it's easy to realize why I didn't recognize it, it looked completely different.
And here's a shot of this trip looking down from on top of the falls
As soon as we entered the pool above the Falls is was apparent to me why this stream has a reputation for being slick as snot - It felt like a tailwater slipperyness, but still Smokies rhodo and obsticles everywhere.
While we were hoping for upper 40's, and dreaming of low 50's, the water temp was 46.
Here Nathan works a pool trying to make something happen
We weren't catching, spooking, or even getting any bites but at least the scenery was nice.
Continued in next post