Took the boys for our second ever back country camping trip. We sure picked the coldest night of the week as it hit 25 degrees on Wednesday night. After hiking up a short ways to the campsite, we set up our tent, gathered firewood for the cold night and went fishing. The fishing was slow due to a combination of the cold and our lack of experience fishing in Smokies streams. Last year, we all were skunked completely with no takes or strikes. This year, we all managed to hook trout. My two boys both hooked nice fish, but these fish are smart. They swam across the stream into some submerged logs and branches and once the line went slack from being caught on the branches, the fish broke off. My first fish broke off pretty quickly and my second fish jumped out of the water about 2 feet and spit the hook. Our wild trout fishing experience consists mostly of plunge pools so this was a different type of stream for us with lots of riffles and runs. If anyone has any advice, we sure would appreciate it (HELP!). We used Tellico nymphs with a BHPT dropper for the most part. In the late afternoons, we used Yellow Sallies and Yellow EHC's, with nymph droppers with all the strikes on the nymphs. We were all still pretty stoked just to be able to hook some trout. We endured a freezing 25 degree night and woke up to frost and ice. After we packed up and cleaned our site, we fished for a few more hours. I finally managed to hook, land, and photograph a Smokies rainbow! We survived the cold, hooked our first trout in the GSMNP, and all in all created some memories that will last forever! We have already planned trip number three.

P.S. Next trip, when we catch a whole lot more fish, I will try to adhere better to the proper posting etiquette. Hopefully, I get a pass because I am such a newbie!