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Thread: Elkmont's smoking

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2007

    Default Elkmont's smoking

    We took the family and stayed acouple days in Elkmont. We love that place. It was crowded to say the least and the tuber hatch was really coming off even thou the water was freezing and rather high. I actually had a hard time moving around in the deeper pools because of the current. The first evening after supper I happened to notice a ton of bugs in the air and apon closer inspection it was caddis flys... thousands of them. I geared up and was off. When I got to the river I already had a double nymph rig on and it was getting close to dark so I just stuck with that. There was everything in the air over the river, fish were leaping 2 feet out of the water to catch them and attacking my strike indicator. It's the only time that l've ever been able to stand in one spot and catch mutiple fish in the park out of the same hole. In the matter of just minutes I landed 2 nice 10 in bows 1 brown in the 11+ range and another brown in the 8-9 inch range along with several other smaller bows, never leaving this one small run. I fished until it was to dark to see and the fish were still VERY active. The next morning I was up and still fishing the nymphs with good success when I noticed a green cut worm inching down his silk. I switched to a green weenie and it was like a hole new ball game. I would watch fish leave a pool, swim 20 feet across the stream and take that green worm. Increditable is how I would describe the fishing with the green weenie. There is a little but deep pool in the middle of the camp ground that has always seemed to hold a big fish ever since I was a kid. It doesn't look like much and most people over look it because of the white water but, I never fail to fish it. I made two passes threw it and then it happened. Big fish, and he wasn't in the playing mood. He ripped line from my little 3wt heading down stream in a hurry. In my panic I just touched the reel with my hand to try and slow him and that was the end of it. He popped 6x like it was nothing. I never saw the fish but, he was a dandy. I tipped my hat and went to digging for another green weenie.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Greeneville, TN


    I have a feeling that a person couldn't go wrong fishing almost anywhere in the Smokies right now! The water flows are great, temps great, bugs hatching big time!

    I think I will have to get back next weekend Plan on trying the NC side on my next trip. Haven't caught a wild brown yet this year, and I know a couple prime places to make it happen if conditions are still great.

    Nice to har that Elmont is fishing great as well. I thought about heading that way, but I was leary of the crowds on this trip.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2006


    Thanks for the report. Sounds like you had a good time.
    My posts are worthless without pictures

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2007

    Default green weenie

    How do you fish the green weenie? Weighted, like a nymph? Or dry on top?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Seymour, Tn


    Ode to the Green Weenie - man that is my favorite terrestrial for the park from srping till fall... works like a charm on most dog days of summer too when nothing else will...I usually tie mine with a black bead head, fish like a nymph...but if you'll fish it with a soft "plop" near fishy stream sides or a quite eddy under an over hanging branch, fish seem to key on that and come outta no where...
    May you find a rise in every puddle... - WATERBORN

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2009


    I will be there for my first trip in 10 days with a pocket full of green weenies..Do any of you fish red ones too?
    Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5

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