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    Default Quick Smokies Trip

    I decided after looking at the weather reports that I would make a last minute trip up this weekend to do a little fishing. Brought my fishing partner Larry, and my daughter Jessica.

    We fishing the Straight Fork on Saturday and had a decent day. I caught one of the biggest trout I have caught in the park, a 13" rainbow. Great looking fish that still had a hook in his jaw.



    Larry caught a great brown a short time later, just over 13 inches, also with a hook jaw.



    We caught several other decent browns and rainbows. We decided to release 7 to grease...







    I ended up almost catching a park slam.....I had the rainbow and the brown, but the brook was about 2 inches too little!



    On Sunday we got up and decided to fish the trophy section. We caught a few fish, and I caught one bruiser rainbow.





    I cannot tell you how good it was to finally get into the mountains. We had a great trip.

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    Awesome! Thanks for sharing.
    I got no style, I'm strictly roots.

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    Looks like a great day and some nice wild trout.

    Did you see any bears?

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    Good deal John, it looks and sounds like you guys had a stellar day.
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    Looks like you had a great weekend. Thanks for posting.
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    Great fish... wild trout - a slam is a slam and in early spring no doubt, great stuff...
    May you find a rise in every puddle... - WATERBORN

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    Great weekend to be over there. Thanks for the report and good looking fish!

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    Sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Totally awesome. I am jealous of both the fish and a couple of the rods you have in those photos. Way to go man.
    Romans 10:9-10 KJV

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    Thanks for sharing and for the photos. I would point out that almost certainly one of the browns (the first one pictured which, if I read the post right, your friend caught) is not a wild fish. Compare the coloration and placement of the red spots on it and the brown shown later and you will readily notice a marked difference. Also, the fins are suggestive, but in my experience you can always tell a wild trout. I don't know what changes the placement and nature of the red spots, but it happens.
    As for the first brown pictured, I suspect it is a trout stocked in Reservation waters which made its way upstream.
    Beyond that, a slam is a slam, whether the speck was four inches or a foot. Congratulations, and what particularly pleases me is having the young lady involved. Nothing quite matches passing it on.
    Jim Casada
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