After several trips to the Smokies with no luck--well, *one* "luck":
(and this guy was complete luck-- I had my rod between my knees with the nymph flailing in the current downstream as I sipped some tea), my "luck" finally improved. I caught my first brookie (he wanted that stimulator, too):
and released him (he hung out right by my feet for a few minutes and then swam off):
My first brookie also became my first grand slam (no more pics-- my camera ended up in the water right where the brookie was. I *meant* to put it back in the case...).
So, when one of my friends called me yesterday and asked if I was interested in going back, I told him I could be there in just over 12 hours. We decided two weeks from now would be more realistic-- and are thinking about going back to one of the Fontana streams. Anyone have any recent reports for this area, or any insights as to a specific stream this time of year? I'm kind of partial to Eagle; but have only been to Forney once-- and have never been to Hazel or Noland. How crowded would Hazel be this time of year? It would be on a weekend.
We are still pretty open at this point; so if anyone has some ideas or even different suggestions, please let me know. Thanks...