I wanted to post this a few weeks back, but I forgot my camera that day. Luckily I remembered I forgot it when I got to Freddie's house and he let me use his. He gave me a copy of the pics this week when we fished.
I had been wanting to fish Buck Fork ever since I started fly fishing. Accounts in Smokies fishing guides, and the fact that it had been closed for so many years, combined with it's hard to access location made it a high priority that I could somehow never mean to make happen with my busy schedule. That finally changed when low water sent a planned outing to Indian Camp to the Middle Prong instead. The plan was to hike in to the old turnaround where Ramsey's Prong feeds into the Middle Prong and fish up from there. We were pleasantly surprised to see a good amount of water. When we reached the turnaround Freddie changed hia shoes and I figured I'd fiah a couple of holes while he was busy, and looked 30 yards downstream only to see Ian Rutter with a client. While I hoped they wanted to fish Ramsey's, they were heading the same place as us.
After seeing how slow they were fishing, and after talking to Ian on how they wouldn't make it even half way up to Buck Fork, we grabbed the old manway to Buck Fork and started our crawl. The manway wasn't bad for a manway a couple years ago, but in the peak of July with all the vegetation hiding the trail combined with the heavy Rhodo, I'd call it a Class 4 (whitwater equivelent) manway. We hike about half way to Buck Fork and hiked a small stream down to the Middle Prong which was quite a trek that had us blazing through rhodo hells bruising my shins in several places (Rhodo Shins). When we hit the stream a dynamic shift takes place and everything opens up and as the sweat rolls off you, you know you have done the hard work (for now) and are ready for some fun.
Well we hit the stream a two big pools so Freddie took the lower and I hit the higher one. First Cast!
I'm thinking WOW! I've only had two doubles in my life, and here is one on my first cast (even though the second is gut hooked). Things are looking good! You can see Freddie in the backround he hooked one a second later.
Within 20 minutes I had another double!
Sweet Smokies day. Doesn't get any better than this! Water temps, flows, and time of year all worked together which doesn't happen all that often.
Here is Freddie pulling one in
And another beautiful Brookie.
We soon made it up to Buck Fork.
I was a little surprised to find this fellow up this far. It was the first rainbow I caught all day (and this was my most productive day ever)
Once you get past the confluence area it gets a little tighter. Here is Freddie doing the Buck Fork Shuffle.
The trees up this way are beautiful. This place had a good feel to it!
I will continue in another post