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Thread: Not quite skunked, but it still stunk

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Knoxville, Tennessee

    Unhappy Not quite skunked, but it still stunk

    Sunday after trying to talk Freddie into doing the Big Horseshoe, then the little Horseshoe, he finally made enough sense to where we'll save that one for the Spring or while the water was a bit lower.

    He named off a couple of Brookie streams, and made a plan to meet at the Waffle House to fill up for the day. Hit the trailhead at late morning and the sun was starting to warm everything up. It was a nice hike in, and little did I know at the time hiking would be about all I did

    Beautiful day none the less, and the stream was at a perfect Spring level (not too high, but plenty of water)

    Where originally I thought Smokies fishing was over after the huge snow storm Sandy left, I was pleasantly surprised to see a 50 degree temp on Twentymile last week, and with the moderate temps this week, thought I may have a chance for some slow but decent fishing.

    Wrong! 45 was all we were getting out of this day
    "It's all over Baby Blue" ran through my head, and I guess it's time to hit the tailwaters till the Spring.

    We'll I didn't get skunked. I caught half a fish, or at least that's how I would count it. I foul hooked him, but this day that's all I was getting.

    We fished a while more and Freddie had caught one, but it was obvious this day wasn't going to be producing, so we bailed out to head for some Brownies.

    On the hike out, I busted my butt twice, and again kill my battenkill

    No chasing Brownies today, I guess it's time to go home

    On the way out I saw something that summed up my day

    Still better than a day at work

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Knoxville, Tn


    Better than doing crap around your house all weekend! Wish I could have gotten out. Oh well maybe this week.

    Thanks for posting the giant turd picture. It could have been worse, you could have busted your butt AND fall in that pile!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2011



    you got out there and that says the most me!! My last two trips within a week have been most difficult as your trip describes. Gonna keep going though. I have yet to figure this tailwater thing out. Thank you for the post.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Gadsden, Alabama


    I have definitely had my share of those kinda days. I went fishing over the weekend where my buddy fell on and broke my 6 wt Winston due to the ice. Oh well like you I will make the best of it. At least you got to enjoy a day out in the smokies.
    Romans 10:9-10 KJV

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Knoxville, TN


    We camped along a high country brook trout stream in the NF this past weekend.
    I found the fishing to be very slow, even during the warmest part of the day.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2008


    Getting awfully cold to be up so high. At least you got one to hand. My view is that you were fast enough to foul hook him so he counts!

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