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Old 04-29-2012, 02:36 PM
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Oldman and I just returned from a 2 night backpacking trip in the GSMNP. After some heavy recent rains the streams were very full and flowing very fast. However, we managed to catch pretty good numbers of fish and had a very good time. We both fished a dry/dropper, catching plenty of fish on both the dry and the nymph.

Wading was tough, to say the least. We spent a lot of time belly crawling and bushwacking through the laurel and rhodo thickets as high fast water made moving upstream impossible in many areas.

We saw plenty of bear scat, but the only wild animals we encountered were turkeys.


Oldman fighting the high and fast water.



The reward, speckled jewels.





Oldman fishing one of the few calm runs we found.



Despite the high water, it was a beautiful day to be in the outdoors.







Yellow sally.

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Old 04-29-2012, 02:39 PM
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Combat fishing at it's finest.









After fighting and clawing for about 4 hours, we decided to head back to camp for the evening, eat dinner, and sit around the campfire telling fishing lies.



The next morning we hiked a bit to fish a different stream. The water was still high and fast, but it was much lower than yesterday.



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Old 04-29-2012, 02:43 PM
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Some how this poplar managed to not get logged back in the day. It was huge compared to other trees in the area.



Belly crawling through the rhodo and laurel thickets.





After about 6 hours of fishing, we were tired. All the bushwacking. belly crawling, and fighting the strong water had worn us out. Considering the conditions, we had a pretty decent day.

A delicious backcountry dinner of campfire roasted trout and freeze dried meals awaits.






The hike out.




It was a good trip, we had much fun. I do wish the water had been a tad lower, but we can't control Mother Nature.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:32 AM
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Nice report. The fishing regulations picture has to be my favorite.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:43 AM
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Oldman needs a "wide load" sign...he is taking up a lot of trail with that pack.
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Old 04-30-2012, 03:46 PM
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Really nice report and photos. Looks like your report included some high country as well as some larger water. Looks like you two made the most out of the fishing conditions.

As far as the comments on Oldmans back pack, we meet Oldman a couple weeks ago on the trail, and i think his pack was the size of both my brothers and mine put together. I wish i had that kind of strength, i was worn out just looking at it.
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