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    Last Sunday Nathan and I headed to the Smokies to chase a few Brookies. While we had discussed the low water ahead of time we thought we would be ok. Well on the drive there more than two tributaries down the water level was noticeably low, and for once there were only two other sets of people roadside on the section, which usually harbors a dozen or more fisherman, so we decided to stay roadside. After scouting the road we found a spot and a section of stream that looked like it hadn't been fished. We were soon on the river and in just a minute had my first fish.



    Nathan was working some nice water



    You know it must be fall because you finally set your expectation so low that you are thrilled to even catch this guy.



    Sure glad that is was content with this cause the next guy was the same size.



    After a while they did get a little bigger, but no trophies so far



    And then it finally happened



    Sorry Mac, while I would love to have the fishing skills to be the next David Knapp, I can't really see that happening and the above photo will be as big as they get from me **** I'd be thrilled to catch fish half the size he catches

    The colors were nice and it was weird be on a streambed that I'm familiar with from a whitewater perspective, but looked so foreign at low water.



    And with better framing


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    My monster #2



    Nathan working a nice pool



    #3 Big Boy - No monster Brown, Salmon or Steelhead, but I sure wasn't complaining



    And #4 - Almost my limit



    It cool to see how the leaves pile up in the eddies



    Might not need waders but some yoga skills will help



    We soon made it to the trailhead as I broke off both my flies. We walked the fresh gravel back to the car and called it a day



    Gotta love the Smokies

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    Nice report and pictures!

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    Nice reports ducky.
    My posts are worthless without pictures

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    Nice report Ducky, I really luv the colors and the quite this time of year.

    Looks like you picked up some nice sized fish, wish I could have been there with you guys.

    Keep them coming.

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    Nice! It's great to just see a few pics of the beauty of the Smokies.
    <(((>< In tribute to Ben, Duck Hunter extraordinaire, and man's best friend.

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    Great report as always! I noticed several fish had the beadhead Tellico in their mouth. Would you mind sharing how you were fishing it? Dry/dropper? If so, how far under the dry?
    Just looking to get better at low-water fishing as Fall fishing sometimes kicks my butt.
    Thanks,
    Jed
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    I've tried to tell people for years that there are fish starving to death right beside the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawgvet View Post
    Great report as always! I noticed several fish had the beadhead Tellico in their mouth. Would you mind sharing how you were fishing it? Dry/dropper? If so, how far under the dry?
    Just looking to get better at low-water fishing as Fall fishing sometimes kicks my butt.
    Thanks,
    Jed
    Most days I stick with a rig, but this day I was all over the place. I started with a stimulator and a yellowhammer, then stimi and a tellico. Broke it off and went with the never sink and the Tellico as dropper after seeing some yellow sallies. Hard to say what way to fish on days like these. I had a double nymph rig the week before but when the dominant fish are still hitting dries it hard not to tie one on. I fish a dry dropper 90% of the time, although it does put me out of reach of many fish on the bottom, and most of the time the water I fish is so small that it doesn't matter all that much anyway.

    And Flyman your right I saved them from starving to death, and they even were so kind to keep my kids from starving to death, on top of a great day

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    Quote Originally Posted by duckypaddler View Post
    Sorry Mac, while I would love to have the fishing skills to be the next David Knapp, I can't really see that happening and the above photo will be as big as they get from me **** I'd be thrilled to catch fish half the size he catches
    Hahaha you crack me up. Man we really need to get together and fish sometime when I'm home in TN. I'll take you looking for browns if you take me to one of those secret brookie streams that you have to hike off-trail to access...
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