Saturday morning I arrived at my favorite spot on the TN tailwater close to my home. It was the first cold morning and the generators had cut off at midnight so I still had the benefit of falling water. Once I stepped in the water I saw to younger guys upstream from me...they turned and saw me crossing, heading downstream to my intended area......they began basically running in the water to get to the bank. they reached the bank at the same time I did and ran right in front of me to try and beat me( and by right in front of me, I mean I could have stuck my boot out and tripped them). Biting my tongue I let it go and just let them have it. they nymphed all the water ahead of me heading downstream and I just took my time and picked apart the water with a streamer behind them. I have to admit it was satisfying to hook a few bows and browns fishing behind them I finally reached a spot that I had been scouting all summer....I made a cast along a log and nothing....I make a cast into the slack water behind the log and then I see a big wake come off the bank and my line instantly goes tight!! right away I know that its the big brown ive spotted back in august. I quickly get the fish away from the log jam and start working it towards me and within a short time I net him! I was on cloud 9 and after letting out a big " thank you " to the Lord, I look over and see the 2 younger guys just staring in awe of the fish that they fished right by....they were kind enough to take pics for me and I forgot about our run-in earlier
as far as gear,I used my favorite rod...the 6'6" 5wt Scott ( mini streamer cannon) built by Mr. Barclay, spooled with 406 6wt line and a Airlfow 10ft sinking leader, and the fly was one I've been toying with since summer and its proven itself to be a winner on browns, bows, and smallies.