Also, I routinely use large attractor patterns up to size #6 and still get smaller fish taking a swipe at them, so size really isn't the issue. I just tend to favor throwing a big meal, if you know what I mean...
Less fish down lower... I have no scientifical data to back up my opinion on this. However, I do know that the water definitely is warmer in the later summer months down lower. That being said, I do not know why for sure, and others may disaagree with me. It may just be that down lower there are larger deeper pools which make catching some of the trout out of them harder..?? I catch larger rainbows below the sinks and down to the Y, however odly enough I have caught more large browns above the sinks and even miles above elkmont. It seems that down lower there is also less diversity in fish size. Seldom do I catch a 3 inch bow down low, but it happens all the time up higher. I think there could also be less holding water between large holes, which in turn equals less fish. Again, just my own thoughts. Would love to hear others opinions on the subject.
today we had great success on LeConte Creek with the #14 Yellow Sallys. I caught 5 brookies, son caught 5, granddad caught 1.
Went up to Elkmont, hiking a mile up from the campground, and I didn't really like it. The water really pushes you around and it's a lot more stressful fishing. Long casts, getting a good drift A LOT harder.
I spent a lot of my time worrying about my 12 year old son and my dad. You've got to wade through quite a bit of fast, deep water to get to good spots. You fish the good spot, and then you're out there in the middle of the river and have to somehow get back!
I got two bites while I was there, and my dad caught a 8 inch rainbow.
They can have all my part of "Elkmont". I guess I'm just not a "big water" fisher - it's a PIA.
It was also the only place where I actually encountered other fishermen.
Read Byron's daily fishing report. He gives great advice on flies and sizes and how to fish them
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