My boys and I headed for our fourth backcountry trip. Unlike our past trips, the weather was perfect, water levels were great, and the fish were cooperative. We got to the trailhead nice and early and hiked up to the campsite. Now that my boys are big and surly, they allowed me to go off and fish while they set up the camp. Unlike past years, I felt perfectly safe to leave them alone at the camp since they are now bigger (and significantly meaner) than I am.
This was from our first backcountry trip ever in 2011 (it was 26 degrees that night, brrr)
This is from yesterday
The campsite had lots of bear claw marks
I set up with a neversink caddis with the pink weenie dropper and immediately hooked into a nice rainbow.
This is the hole I got him in
My next one was nicely colored brook
Finally got one on the dry! Only three on the dry for the day.
Got a lot of nice brookies like this one
While most of the fish were caught with the pink weenie, I switched up to a BH flashback PT and got two before I switched back.
Water was perfect!
Last one of the day
From this hole
I feel incredibly blessed to be able to go camping with my boys. It was wonderful to be fishing in the Smokies. I have not had much luck in the past and many of you have mentioned the learning curve. While I still miss a ton of strikes, I had my best day ever fishing wise in the GSMNP and had even a better time spending time with my sons. I love the camping and fishing in the Smokies. There is a special something here that I do not get anywhere else. Can't wait for our fifth annual trip.