I have meant to post this earlier, but with my computer crashing (Windows update - felt like a MAC commercial), and newborn twins it has taken me a while.
It was a heavenly Smokies day full of solitude among some of the best fishing I have experienced. While this is my second trip to the Road Prong (I'll try to get a report up for that one also 8-6-09), but it was the first time I fished from the 3rd to 4th bridges. While I immediately get hung up in a tree within sight of the bridge for others to watch and was a bit embarrased as I had got anxious to fish and didn't look around. 2 flies and $3.50 later I tied up a new neversink with a BH rubberleg prince nymph as a dropper. This has been my standard Smokies set up that has been working well and keeps me from trying lots of different flies therefore spending more time fishing. I headed up the creek and immediatly had several misses. I saw some people and decided to head up out of trail sight which gave me a chance to sneak up. After stopping every 50 feet or so to get reaquainted with this awesome enviroment I would sneak my way up the river planning a route that hit the best casting spots. I'm learning it's better to be completely stealth and miss some small pockets of water than to fish every spot. I was soon rewarded with a nice Brookie.
The fishing continued to be spectacular with my highest fish count yet in the mid thirties.
The scenery alone is worth the trip!
I continued fishing and soon landed this monster 9 inch Brookie. If someone really doesn't believe me I can post a pic next to the tape.
As I worked my way up to a nice waterfall I caught this monster rainbow in the large pool. It measured 10 inches and is the largest I have landed to date (in the park).
The colors on these Brookies are amazing. Here is a real pretty one I shot. I love the top fins
So as you can see it was one of those special Smokies days that I doubt I will ever forget. I am planning on fishing tomorrow, but unfortunately the Road Prong is CLOSED. I guess I'll have my 75th year celebration somewhere else in the Park. Anyone want to go?