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    Today Nathan and I finally got a chance to fish together again. It had been several weeks since we have fished and it was funny to see that we both had almost identical setups.



    As we headed down the interstate we see the sign says all lanes closed ahead We detoured off Baxter down Chapman to try and get away from the mess. Got through the rat race and into the park without any more trouble and we headed up the mountain. Our parking place was closed but a bulldozer had made a new spot just a few feet away so we took advantage of it. We climbed down to the river and was glad to see this



    Foul hooked my first fish



    Fishing again was slow but I got a few



    If you like pocket water, you'll like this place



    Beautiful little Rainbows, but little rainbows were all I was getting



    Monstrous Dead Hemlocks lay in pieces in the stream piling up in places



    Lovely water that usually produces much better



    Nathan working a pocket



    Heaven on earth to a trout fisherman



    Nathan at another great pool

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    A few more Rainbows for me, but nothing to talk about. Nathan got a decent Brookie, but they were hiding from me



    Anyone know what this is? If not I'll ask Jenny Bennet - guru of all flora and fauna in the Smokies



    Can you see Nathan hiding (or part of him)





    Beautiful stream amongst the graveyard of Hemlocks





    New moss growth



    Getting near the end





    Nathan trying to get a second rise out of a large Brookie. If you look really hard you can see Nvr2l8's 13 inch Brookie in the background, although Nathan is fishing the wrong pool for him



    And while we were finished fishing we still had the most dangerous task of the day in front of us



    Thanks for a great day Nathan
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    Thanks for all the great pics. Sad about the hemlocks. The are such great guardians of the streams.
    "Here fishy fishy."

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    VERY Nice.......My kind of water!

    What camera are you using?


    Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokyMt4runner View Post
    VERY Nice.......My kind of water!

    What camera are you using?


    Thanks for sharing.
    Pentax Optio

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    Thumbs up Great pics!

    Those are awesome pics! Thanks so much for sharing!

    hNt

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    Duckypaddler,

    On Monday, May 5th, I fished a little bit higher than where I think you were. I fished for about 2 1/2 hours and caught somewhere between 15 and 20 small fish. I am not very good at keeping count any more. I once could tell you exactly how many fish I caught on every trip. I guess I am happy to just be out there catching fish now. I only caught one brook trout. All the rest were rainbows. I have caught many brook trout in that area of the stream in years past so I don't know what was going on. I was debating on where to go, but decided to go there specifically for the Specs. I guess I am the one that really got fooled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donwinn View Post
    Duckypaddler,

    On Monday, May 5th, I fished a little bit higher than where I think you were. I fished for about 2 1/2 hours and caught somewhere between 15 and 20 small fish. I am not very good at keeping count any more. I once could tell you exactly how many fish I caught on every trip. I guess I am happy to just be out there catching fish now. I only caught one brook trout. All the rest were rainbows. I have caught many brook trout in that area of the stream in years past so I don't know what was going on. I was debating on where to go, but decided to go there specifically for the Specs. I guess I am the one that really got fooled.
    Nathan and I ended up fishing the section you mention yesterday as Plan E. I called it the baby rainbow factory I was able to get 2 Brookies, but Nathan got nothing but rainbows. I believe the rains the past 2 years seem to favor the rainbows. I remember talking to Matt Kulp about how sometimes on the Brookie and Rainbow streams, you seem to just catch one or the other and he explained on depending on when the big rains hit greatly influence Brookies versus Rainbow numbers. The rains the past few years tended to wash out the Brookie Fry, and by the time the Rainbows had their fry they didn't even need to out compete the Brookies because they were washed downstream
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    Great report. The scenery, streams, and trout are all so beautiful. By the way do you know what's killing the hemlocks in the Smokies? Acid rain maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by softhackle View Post
    Great report. The scenery, streams, and trout are all so beautiful. By the way do you know what's killing the hemlocks in the Smokies? Acid rain maybe?
    It is primarily due to infestation by a parasite called the Emerald Ash Borer. It is a real shame to lose these magnificent trees.
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