I took a co-worker, John Harris (long time trout fisherman), up to West Prong of the Little Pigeon on Thursday for his first visit to the gorge. Turned out to be a great day for his first exposure.
We put in at the Nature Exhibit pull off about a half mile below the Chimney Tops trailhead and fished up to the dry creekbed exit that brings you up on the lower side of the tunnel.
The water was down a good bit but, I guess, normal for this time of year. And the trout were banging on anything dry. We probably had twice as many slaps as catches. I caught 14 altogether (all bows) on X-Caddis, Yellow Parachute Adams and Parachute Light Cahill (all #16) with most of the catches being on the Light Cahill. Probably half of those were keeper size with the largest around 9". John was in double digits as well but I didn't get a final count.
I topped off the day with a brown on the way back down Little River Road while I was headed home. Beautiful day, lots of fish and a chance to introduce a friend to one of my favorite streams. Can't beat that with a stick.