Hello all...this report is a bit dated, as it covered this past weekend. Just got back home to Louisiana from the Smokies. The girls and I made it up to the Middle Prong about midday Saturday, and were able to fish for a few hours, with not even the semblance of a strike. The water temp was about 44, and we dragged nymphs through the pools. Sunday (New Year's Eve) was a washout, so I took them to the mall in Maryville, then made the twisting drive on 129 over to Robbinsville, NC, as I wanted to scout out Snowbird for a possible future trip.
New Year's Day dawned bright and clear, and we headed up to Tremont again. The water was considerably higher from the rains, but it was still clear. We fished a bit at the trailhead, then headed up Lynn Camp a bit, hitting the better looking spots. My oldest daughter had a few hits on a green weenie, while I continued to get skunked. The skies clouded over, the result of the "backwash" from the front that had passed through the day before, and the air definitely took on an added chill. We started back for the car, but before we totally packed it in, I tried one more run near the parking area. By this time, I was tired of chunking out a nymph/split shot combination, and I wanted to try a dry, if for no other reason than to feel like I was really fly fishing, and not slinging stink bait at catfish. I tied on a #18 Mr Rapidan Parachute pattern, not really expecting any action, as I had not seen a single fish rise all day. I saw a likely-looking backwater area, with a nice rock/ledge where I thought I might have seen a fish moving. I was able to put out a decent cast, and as the fly passed the rock, it disappeared as a trout slurped it up. I had the fish on long enough to see it was a small, but brilliantly colored rainbow, before the line went slack. I guess I could lie to myself and consider it a long-distance release, but I sure wish I could have brought that fish to hand.
Even though we didn't get any fish, the girls and I had a great time. I had bought them each fly rod/reel combos for Christmas, and they took to them well, especially my oldest daughter. I'm looking to steal away for a weekend in March - I'd really like them to get a few wild trout, particularly on a dry (although I really don't mind fishing nymphs...just not with the added weight). We also enjoyed swinging by the shop a few times, and meeting some nice people. The girls wanted to adopt Dubbings, as they missed their cat back home
Happy New Year, y'all.