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Old 09-04-2013, 01:36 PM
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Sunday Mac made another long weekend pilgrimage to the Smokies. Unfortunately his brother Colby was unable to join us. We had planned a trip for the gorge on the other side of the mountain, but once again it was not meant to happen. I had been working like crazy on a new project at the house and was tired. Compounded with Mac needing to be back by 6 PM, and with Labor Day traffic you never know how 441 will go when crossing the mountain. Plus the most important reason, the water level. Since this is a place you could easily be killed by a false move (Think Nathan had a flash of coming close, and one of the most hardcore Smokies Off-trailers I know Jenny Bennett ( http://streamsandforests.wordpress.com/ ) has a story of a close call as well. After a half dozen or more trips here I have worked out beta to be safe. Since it was at top end level wise to begin with, and with .5 inches rain there that previous day, it was better to make a safe call. In hindsight the water didn't peak till late that evening so we might have had been able to inch through. My beta also confirmed that it would do that, but I'm not comfortable to trust it yet (although it's never let me down).

Mac always want to meet at the butt crack of dawn to maximize his trips in the Smokies. As someone with bad acid reflux that is always aggravated when I get up early, I'm all for the 8:30 meet and maybe breakfast unless there is a sizeable hike involved. Since we had no time pressure and were hungry Mac treated me to breakfast at Mountain Lodge. After filling up we headed to the river and were pleased to see no other cars at the trailhead.

We rigged up and proceeded to hike in.



We ran across this spider web on the off-trail portion of our hike.



Up a couple of grades then an easy descent to the river. I ran a hundred yards below the trail crossing and Mac headed upstream. I had a few early misses but hadn't even landed one by the time I caught up to Mac. He had 3 at this point so it was my turn to jump ahead.






My first Rainbow



And first Brookie



I let Mac go ahead and fish a sweet hole. He soon landed the best fish of the day for both of us.



Caviar anyone?



I think maybe crawfish patterns are the way to go.



I wasn't doing too bad myself and ended up having a really good day.



Although it rained pretty good for 20 minutes or so.





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Old 09-04-2013, 01:43 PM
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This guy didn't understand CPR (Catch Photo Release), must have missed the memo







Mac seemed to be having a really good time



One of Mac's Brookies



And with the fisherman



And my best Brookie of the day.



And my last fish of the day



The rain had started again for another 30 minutes. The stream was starting to rise and turned very muddy. We hiked out and called it an early day
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:04 PM
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Can't see the pictures at work, but nice story. That blog of the off-trailer chick is amazing! Thanks for posting the link. I've been reading severa of her posts for the last 30 minutes. Great stuff!
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:03 PM
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That blog of the off-trailer chick is amazing!
Jenny is an impressive person and does some really hardcore stuff solo that I don't even know if I would attempt with a strong group. She is a wealth of knowledge on anything having to do with the mountains and plants particularly. I know I really enjoy the time I get to spend with her.

I think me and Crockett on this forum are groupies, and I would suspect Mr. Wadley is as well
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:11 PM
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Thanks for a great day on the water to Duckpaddler.

I have been fly fishing since 92 but it’s obvious how good someone can get with a lot of time fly fishing the Smoky’s. I could not hold a candle to Duckpaddler on getting the fly consistently in the sweet spot and keeping a good drift.

James was very helpful in giving suggestions on what to do and where to go and gracious in letting me lead many times during the day.

Anyone would be lucky to spend a day in the GSMNP fly fishing with James.

Thanks again for a great day on the water

P.S.
Even though Colby was not able to join us this day I did call him and report that we caught about three times as many trout than we did.
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Thanks for a great day on the water to Duckpaddler.

Even though Colby was not able to join us this day I did call him and report that we caught about three times as many trout than we did.
I had a great day as well

So I caught 150 and you caught 12 then?
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I had a great day as well

So I caught 150 and you caught 12 then?
Sounds about right.
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