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Thread: How better to play hooky than by going fishing?

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    Default How better to play hooky than by going fishing?

    Last Wednesday I was at work griping about finally having a weekend off coming up, but the weather forecast didn't look good for getting out on a stream. To make things worse, I should have been off for MLK day (which would have been a beautiful day for fishing) but had to work. And the weather was still excellent for a day on the stream, but there I sat, once again stuck at work.

    After listening to me gripe for a while, one of my coworkers said, "Hey, why don't you take off the rest of the day and go fishing?" I thought about that for a grand total of about two seconds, realized I didn't have any meetings that afternoon or any other pressing obligations, and decided that wasn't a bad idea. I let my boss know I was taking a Mental Health Break for the rest of the day and hit the road. A quick stop by the house to change clothes and grab my gear, and I was headed for the mountains.

    Decided to hit the Tellico since it was a bit closer than the Smokies and it has some nice, deep holes that should hold fish this time of year. After parking at the picnic area by the hatchery, I walked a ways downstream and started fishing my way back up. I hit all the likely looking spots, dredging heavily weighted nymphs on the bottom, but didn't get so much as a sniff. Didn't see any fish either, and you can usually spot some of the bigger ones pretty easily through that section.

    Anyway, after a couple of hours of futility (but gorgeous weather!), and a butt-busting fall down a mud-slick embankment (if a man busts his butt on a mud-covered rock and there's no one there to see it, does it still leave a bruise? You betcha!), I finally killed the skunk with a nice 9" wild rainbow a little way upstream from the Sycamore Creek confluence. At that point I decided I had enjoyed about as much of that as I could stand for one afternoon, packed it in, and headed home. But in a MUCH better frame of mind than I had started the day with. It's amazing how well a sunny afternoon on a mountain stream can boost a person's spirit, even in the dead of winter.
    Fly fishing - it's cheaper than a bass boat!

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    Thanks for the report, good to meet ya at the meeting at calhouns the other night, me and my girlfriend were sitting next to you

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    It was indeed good to chat with you at the TU meeting Thursday. I hadn't connected you to your username here at the time, but after reading your posts in some of the other threads since then I was pretty sure that was you. It's always nice to put a face to a name.
    Fly fishing - it's cheaper than a bass boat!

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    Next time you make it "east" let's catch some fish

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