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    Default A nice day

    The sky was heavy with dark clouds that flew from horizon to horizon. A gentle rain had been falling all morning and I was hoping that some good browns would be on the move. The river was low and clear and things were looking up. I decided to head up higher to water that was all wild fish and see what happened.

    A Tellico tributary was my goal and I flew along, over and around the ridges. As I approached the bridge were I would first see the river, I noticed that the water looked awfully swift. Sure enough, the stream was high and off color. After a brief stop to make sure it wasn’t worth my time, I decided to head towards the upper Tellico and maybe some more tribs. High water seemed to be the theme of the day until I saw a stream entering the main river that looked semi normal. It was up and stained but not chocolate milk. “The fish should be feeding….” I thought to myself.

    I was soon in the water with a fish on and things were looking up. However, I couldn’t keep any more on long enough to get a good look at them. Finally, the thought came to me to do some exploring so I headed to higher elevations in search of a brookie. The normally small trickles that originate high on the mountains were a lot higher but not too dirty. I had a few hits before I landed my first monster brookie! A solid 2 inches!!!

    Happy that I caught one, I almost quit for the day but decided to try a couple more holes. I found a nice spot where a tiny feeder creek entered. My nymph was lobbed up into the small pool and the line came alive. “That’s a nice rainbow for this little stream” I mused. When I saw the fish, I had a pleasant surprise. It was another brookie and this one was a fat 8 1/2 inches. The day suddenly seemed brighter as I slipped out the hook and watched the fish fade back into the pool…
    "Then He said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.'" Matthew 4:19

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    Default Re: A nice day

    That was a nice day! The rain would have annoyed me but I have caught good fish in the rain. The water would have knocked me down even on the bank, if it was as swift as you said. I wish I could have done that but I'm only 14 and go to school. I do get a time during school to use this board. (We get a free time on the computer.) I hope yours and my days are like that more often. Well have a good one!

    Giantfish
    My Motto: Nature cannot beat Man, but Man cannot beat nature.

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    Default Re: A nice day

    The water WAS definately very swift. I was suprised that it was up as much as it looked. I'm sure someone with a kayak would have had a great time...
    "Then He said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.'" Matthew 4:19

    Guided Fly Fishing with David Knapp
    The Trout Zone Blog
    contact: TroutZoneAnglers at gmail dot com

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    Default Re: A nice day

    Hey Plateau Angler,

    Great story, If you read my post about " Just Fishing in the Rain" than you know where I stand on this particular day! After a day like that you feel invigorated...
    Congrats on a great day...
    DryFly1
    "Great things are done when men and mountains meet." William Blake

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