I'll post pictures as soon as I have enough energy to unpack and get the photos off the camera and on the computer.
Daniel and I had a pretty good weekend fishing. Fished through a couple pretty good rain showers and caught some decent fish.
We fished the middle prong without much luck on Saturday. I think we were behind someone else. We were fishing between the 1 lane bridges and when we drove up to the parking area to turn around, saw a couple guys coming up off the stream.
We decided to go up high and go after brookies. What was amazing was all Saturday afternoon and for about 3 hours on Sunday, we had the stream to ourselves. We probably covered a mile or so of stream each day and didn't see another fisherman. The only people we saw was a family with kids throwing rocks and splashing around in the stream by one of the pull offs on the road up to Newfound Gap. The girls were about 4 or 5 and were having a lot of fun playing in the cold water. Even though we had to move on up stream to get into fish again, it was nice to see a young family having so much fun in the park. They were out enjoying the park the same as we were.
We did manage to catch quite a few brookies. Nothing big (all in the 4-8" range) but they were fun. Most were caught on yellow bodied Adams but I think any light color dry fly would have worked. Daniel caught several on a light cahill dry. Only one fish hit the dropper BHPT and that was a rainbow. Highest elevation I've ever caught a bow. It was in a very deep pool (probabl 5' or so deep).
We did try Parson's Branch up in Cade's Cove with no fish. I love the view in Cade's Cove. It's one of the prettiest places on the planet. However, driving there at 2:30 in the afternoon on a holiday weekend is something I would not advise. Traffic was bumper to bumper all the way around with the required turkey, deer and one bear jam just to add to the excitement. The bear jam, I can almost understand. But why stop in the middle of the road to take a picture of a turkey? But like the kids playing in the stream, it was mostly families out enjoying the park just the same as Daniel and I were. Other than stopping traffic to take a picture of a turkey, we didn't see any exceptionally stupid behavior (well, one guy relieving himself behind a tree, but in that traffic, I can understand the urge).