This year I had only gotten out for 2 days. I started the year off right in the Smokies, thanks to BigSur, but besides an exiting trip down Elkmont after the good rains a few weeks ago, I had been neglecting to get out. Finally on Monday I was free, and while there is always plenty of work to do, there was nothing pressing, and I called out to Freddie to see if he wanted to fish. I have been so overwhelmed with trying to grow my business, as well as work on several new products, that I haven't even checked the generation schedules lately. I just knew I needed to get out and didn't care where. I figured it would be 1 of the 4 primary tailwaters that Freddie fishes, but generation schedules weren't favorable for wading. Freddie suggested a Smokies trip, and one I checked the Little River gauge and saw water temp hit 52 the day before I was game. I drove to Freddie's and he drove from there. We stopped and sampled the local eating establishment, but it wasn't even close to Mountain House. We decided to check out some of the fire damage. While Nathan and I checked out Lower West Prong on New Year's day, I wanted to check out the streams most effected by the fire. Also took a drive around.
There was still lots of nasty reminders of the fire
But most lots were already cleaned up with grass down
The remains of the house that the creek went under
The skeleton of what once was Tree Tops
The daffodils made it fine. If you notice that Freddie is wearing two right shoes you get extra points. No long hike today.
And while many on this forum think about what they look like when photographed and dress better, I obviosly do not. Sporting my $10 Walmart camo and an ugly fleece cap. Do I get points for the Simms pants?
Anyway now time for some fishing