Thanks LRO & Rock Hopper
I moved to Maryville from Brandon, MS about 3 months ago. My main goal was to catch a trout with my fly rod in the mountains. I have been fly fishing for about 10 years for bass, bream redfish or anything that would hit. Needless to say, a smoky mountain trout it by far the most elusive fish I have ever tried to catch.
I have to thank the staff at LRO for putting up with me through 2 1/2 months of asking questions and getting tips on what I was doing wrong. They ALL were very courteous and patient with my questions...day after day.
This past Wednesday I finally caught my first trout (about 4" long) and I probably scared the fisherman up the stream pretty good with my scream but I couldn't help it. 2 1/2 months of nothing and then bamm, 4" of the most beautiful fish of my life.
Yesterday I was fishing in the Metcalf Bottoms area and ran up on Rock Hopper, he took me under his wing and showed me something that I have yet to see...somebody else fishing with me and showing me what water looks best, how to mend my line, etc. Tips on the water are very, very helpful needless to say. After he left, I hooked and landed 2 small Brook trout and my first young Rainbow. 3 in one day was a thrill.
Anyway, thanks again to the nice folks at LRO and to Rockhopper. I love this place and can't wait to get back on the water.
'People will forget what you said,
People will forget what you did.
But people will never forget how you made them feel'.