Finally had a day off yesterday and it was just to beautiful outside not to be in the Smokies drought or no drought. Started the morning down at LRO picking up some of those "invisible" flurocarbon leaders thinking with the low water I would need every advantage I could get. After chatting with Daniel about a new vice, I decided to head up to Abrams creek thinking it had a larger source of spring type water sources and maybe little bit cooler water with better levels and there just always seems to be more bugs up there. Well, the fishing wasn't great but I did manage to catch 10 all together but only 5 were trout. All five where nice fisty rainbows around 10 inch range which I played and released quickly. #16 telico nymph was the order of the day though I did catch 2 later in the evening on a yellow sally. Also, the day turned into what seemed like a wild kingdom episode packed full of turkey, deer, black bears and one spooky grouse. I had just encountered a treed black bear about 10 minutes earlier when I flushed a grouse off the ground which scared me half to death! But all in all it was great day in the outdoors until I was driving out on the loop and ran into the most dangerous hap hazard species on earth- humans! I drove up to find about twenty people completely surrounding a cub taking pictures and the poor thing couldn't even get to a tree. Moma shows up looking very concerned. I tried to end the predicament by honking the ole jeep horn which only scared off moma bear but the cub unable to flee starts digging a hole in the ground. At that point I couldn't take it any longer and got out of my jeep and very sternly gave a few folks an education in what is considered a safe distance and the risk they where taking getting that close and encirciling a young cub. I was walking off when I heard somebody say "one of those d--- liberal enviromental tree hugging punks". Proud of it too Mr. as I drove off I mentioned 2 words whiched seemed to break up the mob, Park Rangers. I know the auto loop is there to get pictures of wildlife and I'm all for that but please use some common sense folks. Any who I hope you guys all get out and catch a few or as I did just have fun trying.
Chad Parker aka: liberal environmentalist tree hugger.