Elkmont Report 7/27/2008
I headed to the park as soon as my girlfriend left from her week long visit last Sunday. Since it was still early in the day I decided to head to Elkmont and pick up where I left off last time. I recently won a water temperature gauge from the Trout Unlimited meeting at Bass Pro so thanks to them I’ll now be able to give the water temps in my reports. The first thing that I had to do when I got there was play with my new toy. The water temperature was around 66 degrees “this was just below the camping area of Elkmont.” I was excited that I could finally test out some new fly designs that I had come up with right before my girlfriend got up here. I started of with a foam posted adams with what I am going to call a house fly nymph. I’d with in the first hour or so I had caught around 9 rainbows and 1 small brown with in about a one-hundred yard stretch. My house fly nymph was totally destroyed and I couldn’t be a happier. Unfortunately I only brought one with me so after that one was gone I had to try some others that didn’t work as well. The fishing slowed to as I got right in the campground probably because there were a lot of kids playing in the water. I refished a couple of holes after getting back to my truck just before dark and picked up another brown and a couple more rainbows. Most of my fish came on nymphs although I did get a lot of strikes on my dry most of them didn’t hook up.
Tremont Report 7/29/2008
I headed up to Tremont yesterday afternoon and decided to fish the area right before the institute. The water temperature was almost 70 degrees. I started off fishing a streamer that I had tied over the weekend “mainly just to see how it looked moving through the water. I fished really well; although it didn’t catch any fish I was surprised to see a couple of larger sized trout slap at it in such a small stream. I then decided to give a method of fishing that Hugh Hartsell talked about at the last Trout Unlimited meeting. I tied an 8 foot piece of 5x tippet on as a leader and fished a tandem nymph selection. Do to their recent success at Elkmont I decided to go with my bead head house fly nymph tied below a flashback pheasant tail nymph. I immediately began to catch fish. I was amazed at how I could control drag with just using the tippet as a leader. By time to go I had caught around 8 rainbows and 1, 9in brown. So props to Hugh for helping me out .