I know nobody on this forum would intentionally hammer anyone. Because we just don't do that here.
Nothing tastes quite as wonderful as wild trout. My favorite "what the hay" looks come from the folks out west. It cracks me up to see them grimmace and squirm when I fry up a nice 19" cutthroat at the campground grills.
And for the record, brook and lake trout are the tastiest!
You're kewl Shaggy...I felt a little awkward killing the small ones myself - you just had to think it was for the ultimate good of the stream. So far, the only fish I've kept in the park have been rainbows from Lynn Camp - some from the fishout, and 2 from back in March. I really like going for the brookies, and even though it would probably be good to keep a few, I don't know if I can.
I thought we couldn't keep the brookies?
when you are right you are right rules are rules I should have tried harder to keep every fish I caught wasnt wanting to argue if I ever get to fish in another fish out I will be sure to take extra bags and someone to help carry the fish sincerly caught 108
I feel that you done a great job in what the park as you to do. I myself released some very small fish durning the fish out. Yes, rules are rules and people bend the rules. I guess that I broke the rules. But I'm like you I put back more fish than I take from the park. Like I stated early in a post that I feel like I do more harm when I release a fish than when I keep one. In the post that Pete Cz posted he had some very good points about over population in park streams. How would you feel about the first 5 fish a person lands would make a limit. Do you think this would help the over all size and population of the fish in the park? Also would you like to see a trophy section in the park? May be the park could make a section of Little River a trophy stream with some type of slot limit on a fish. I know my grandfather talks about the trophy section that was in the park years ago. I think it was the West Prond of the Little Pigeon. Don't hold me to that I'm not 100% sure if I'm talking about the right stream. He did show me an old photo of him holding a 20 inch rainbow that he caught above the brigde on highway 441 at park head quarters. I think he caught it in the early to mid 1970's. He also stated that he hooked the fish on a "possum hair nymph" that a man in Newport who ran a little sporting goods store tied for him. The description of the fly that my grand dad gave me is: looks like a hare's ear nymph but it is grey and has silver ribbing and turkey quills for the shell case. The fly is tied on a good size hook (#6) and is weighted that way it can get down deep where the big ones live... From what he said the fly was tied from real opossum hair. I have never seen one... Any way this is just alittle food for though. Do you know if this stream was a trophy stream or not?
May God Bless You.. John 8:12
If I'm not mistaken there was a fish rearing station around or above the Chimneys Picnic area (which used to be a campground) and that many of the brood stock would end up in the park in the WPLP. Also, I'm not sure how long they have been stocking the WPLP in Gatlinburg, but they have put some pretty large fish in there that could conceivably work there way up into the park.
I doubt the Park Service is interested in creating a Trophy Section on one of the streams. I'm not sure any of the streams are large enough to have a section where that could be properly developed, anyway. Plus, they have so much on their plate, with so little funding that it would not be easy to pull off.
Lastly, I think having a trophy section in the park, in such a fragile environment (small streams, little food) would be an invitation to wind up getting over fished (and poached, as well)...
"Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut."
Good insight about the trophy stream. I guess on my part it is wishful thinking but I would like to see a stream or part of a stream become a trophy stream. I know Little River holds some large Browns because I have caught several over the years. I have hooked 3 in the past 5 years that I could not handle and they eventually broke my leader ( 8 pound test). I have fished all day for one bit at my flies. Some days when I fish I may not even get a look from a fish. I enjoy fishing for those monsters it is what drives me to go out and try. Do not take me wrong I do enjoy just being out of doors and enjoying what God has created for all of us.
I use really big flies when I fish. Other fly fisherman look at my flies in confusion. One guy (he was from out of town and not a fisherman) asked me if I was fishing for SteelHeads. I told him "no" "I was fishing for trout." I got a chuckle from the guys reaction. If I fish tail waters it takes me a good 2 hours to get to these waters. It would be nice to have some big fish water alot closer. I can be at Little River in 30 to 40 mins. from my home. If a stream held a good number of large fish it would give a person a better chance at a true trophy. But I have always been told that a trophy is in the eye of the beholder. I wounder if Trout Unlimited could help with funding for a stream. Any way it is good to dream... By the way have you ever seen a possum hare nymph? Agian you make some really good points that I did not stop to think about. Enjoy your post...
May God Bless You... John 3:16
Abrams creek had special regs back in 86,two fish limit,over 12 inches.I usually cook my fish the way Brian Griffing describes.If you fish and let everything go, every time,you are missing out on some good eating.I usually don't keep them unless I am backpacking,but I did eat 4 brook trout cooked in foil with olive oil, salt, and pepper a couple of weeks ago.I cooked them in a driftwood fire on the bank of the creek I caught them from(Sams Creek).Oh,also the special regs on Abrams was fishing was open from April 15 to Sept 15 and closed the rest of the year,does anyone know how long those regs were in effect on Abrams?I was a soldier back then and only got to fish in the park once or twice a year and don't know when the special regs ended.
We just got back from the mountains, so I haven't seen this thread in a while. Not to belabor a point, but I just think that the fisheries guys put the rules for the fishout in for a reason, and that if someone gets to the point that they can't carry any more, that would be a signal to quit. To me, it's common sense, but perhaps it's only obvious to me. Sarcasm doesn't change the situation.