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    Default Report: Things are looking up

    Made it out today after the demo for a few hours of fishing. Chose to focus my efforts on the smaller waters and tributaries of LR. Started off a little slow with a heavy stonefly nymph (for weight) and a zebra midge. Then it happened.......

    I saw a lone blue quill ascend from the surface of a pool just downstream of a riffle. So, I immediately switched over to a #16 flashback pheasant tail, and it was game on. In nearly every good looking run I would get a take. My landing-to-strike ratio was way too low, and I was probably close to 20% today. Had one big fella take my nymph as I drifted it just inches from a rock wall, and he immediately rocketed downstream. Never even got a look at him, as he came unbuttoned pretty quickly. Never saw another blue quill or a single rise. However, I hope this report helps to brighten the mood of some of you out there anxiously awaiting Spring. Here are a couple pics from the day:









    Last edited by ChemEAngler; 02-20-2011 at 01:05 PM. Reason: Pictures edited to show watermark

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    Thanks for the report Travis, sounds like you had a fun time.

    It's posts like this one that are helping me put the pieces of this fly fishing puzzle together. Thanks for sharing Travis.

    Great pics. as always!

    Shannon

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    Travis,

    Thanks for the report. Nice to see things warming up in the mountains early this year. I need to get down that way, haven't been since the middle of November.

    Neal

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    Sweet fish Travis, they look like little jewels- I am green with envy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Nice, man. I am heading to GSMNP Tuesday for a few days and nights. I am hoping to meet Mr. Grandpa Brown again, he broke me off last time we met.
    Wild troutin, blue linin, fly flingin, camo wearin, redneckin elitist.

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    I'm glad you got a few, I fished all day and landed ZERO I only had one small strike and missed it I will just call it casting practice. But it sure was a nice day to be out there.

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    Nice pictures and report, Travis. I haven't fished since Thanksgiving. Apparently I've forgotten everything I knew. Fished 1/2 day from Metcalfe to Elkmont, SKUNKED!

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    Nice Pictures Travis!
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    Nice pics Travis. Glad you had some luck and got to get on the water!
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    Excellent Travis!
    I drove past that area on Saturday and saw 1 lone fisherman working beside the road. You weren't driving a Jeep Grand Wagoneer were you?
    My wife and I hiked the Anthony Creek Trail that afternoon. I fished for maybe 30 minutes with my little 8 piece fiberglass pack rod. Had 4 takes and 1 to hand. I didn't see any bugs, but I was having luck with quill gordon wet flies.

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