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Old 04-21-2008, 11:28 AM
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I'm back from a great weekend in the park! The fishing was a little strange for me. Saturday, Trevor (ttas67) drove over to Cataloochee for the day since I had never been before. We fished some and the fish didn't seem all that cooperative. We both managed several fish but had to work fairly hard for them. There were tons of bugs on the water but not really any rising fish.

Yesterday was another story. I woke up and broke down camp before hiking up above Elkmont. The trailhead was fairly busy but only a couple other anglers were either gearing up or already up the trail. I started hiking and an hour later was deep in the backcountry. The changes in scenery just hiking a little ways was incredible. At Elkmont, the dogwoods were in full bloom and spring was moving right along. As I hiked, seemingly went back in time to early spring. By the time I started fishing, the dogwoods weren't blooming at that particular elevation. The wildflowers were incredible however. The trailside was carpeted with several varieties. Here are some pictures (anyone know the specific names of these?)...

Anyway, I started fishing and stuck with nymphs (GRHE, Tellicos, and soft hackles) for several hours. It was really chilly up that high with the clouds. The water was around 48 degrees when I started fishing. The rocks were covered with yellow stoneflies that had crawled out and hatched but just couldn't get warm enough to take flight. Every time the sun peaked through, bugs would take to the air all over the stream.

Finally, late in the day, I made the switch to dries (yellow Neversink Caddis) and it was incredible. The fish were just slamming it even though I rarely saw any surface activity. Finally, I had to call it a day since I still had to hike out and drive back to Chattanooga AND do some homework when I got back...

On the way back down, pools that had looked barren on the walk up in the morning were full of actively feeding fish and I started spotting plenty of risers. The temptation to fish more was strong but I stuck to the trail and made it out with some daylight left to drive back... Overall it was a great weekend...the fish were cooperative and any day fishing in the park is a whole lot better than school...

"Then He said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.'" Matthew 4:19

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