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Good Weekend in the Smokies

Started by Yallerhammer, July 13, 2017, 11:34:57 AM

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Yallerhammer

July 13, 2017, 11:34:57 AM Last Edit: July 13, 2017, 11:44:17 AM by Yallerhammer
A good friend of mine from SC came up to spend the weekend and do some fly fishing. He puts me on bass, catfish, crappie, gar, and deer down there; so I try to put him on some wild trout and smallmouth up here.

Friday morning was dark, foggy, and drizzly. We headed way back in the mountains to try to find some specks. Started on this little creek at about 4200' and headed up. Sorry for the pic quality, but it was dark as a dungeon up in that gorge under the fog and drizzle.

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Beautiful user-friendly streamside vegetation:

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The going was rough, with lots of boulder hopping and fallen logs, but specks were plentiful and came to hand from almost every hole:

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Not surprisingly even this high up, we caught a few of these, too:

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This one looks like it had a run-in with the friendly neighborhood otter. Check out the tooth marks, They matched on both sides. Lucky little guy:

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Needs more rhododendron:

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We finally arrived at the head of navigation. Just above here, the creek forked into two tiny branches that you could have soaked up with a good dry towel.

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The fish were starting to look like this:

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So we turned around and made the rough climb back out.

We still had a few hours of daylight, so after recuperating our fat selves from the climb and a cold beer or three, we traveled a few miles and hiked into the lower reaches of the same stream. Not as steep and rough, and a good bit more water; but still full of blowdowns and rock ledges at intervals. Beds of bee balm were blooming, and the hillsides were covered with flowering rosebay rhododendron:

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Still plenty of good specks:

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Of course, these were much more plentiful on the lower reaches:

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And we also picked up a few of these:

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1-2brown1
by Yaller Hammer, on Flickr

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Fishing was good, but light was fading. So, reluctantly and tiredly, but happy, we hiked back to the truck, moving about like this guy:

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Back home, we devoured some home rolled sushi, ribeyes, baked taters, and a beer or six; and slept the sleep of the righteous.

And the morning and the evening were the first day.

Women want me, doughbellies fear me.<br /><br />Little Debbie Prostaff

Dee-Vo

-Genesis-

That looked fun. Same dude that came up to visit last year with the boo. Good report, stinging nettle and all.


BrookieHunter


Woolly Bugger

Dang fine brookie reportage

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ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!

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Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.

My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

Phil


Dougfish

Crushing it, dude. Nice!

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"I don't wanna go to hell,
But if I do,
It'll be 'cause of you..."
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Yallerhammer

July 13, 2017, 18:29:58 PM #6 Last Edit: July 13, 2017, 19:52:14 PM by Yallerhammer

Sorry for the delay-my internet crashed for a few hours.

Saturday morning we headed out early to a different watershed in a different corner of the park.

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Fishing was a little slower than yesterday; but between frequent showers, we caught a pretty good selection of mixed trouts:

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Cool stuff to look at while fishing:

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Finally, we were a good ways from the trailhead when the sky opened up in a Biblical manner. This was a pic I took accidentally while trying to stuff my camera back into my pack, but it conveys the situation quite well:

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By the time we got back to the truck, we couldn't have gotten any wetter if we had jumped in the creek. It obviously was set in for the afternoon, so we called it an early day and retreated home to smoke some pork tenderloins and sweet taters and fry some green maters and squash and drink a beer or twelve.

And the morning and the evening were the second day.

Women want me, doughbellies fear me.<br /><br />Little Debbie Prostaff

Yallerhammer

Quote from: Dee-Vo on July 13, 2017, 12:14:48 PM

-Genesis-

That looked fun. Same dude that came up to visit last year with the boo. Good report, stinging nettle and all.

Lol.

My buddy Chris, after getting a big nettle wrapped around his leg: "I'm glad we don't have this fucking evil nasty goddam shit in SC!"

Me: "I'll keep it up here if you keep the cottonmouths down there!" :D

Women want me, doughbellies fear me.<br /><br />Little Debbie Prostaff

Yallerhammer

Sunday morning, we had a couple hours before my buddy had to head out, so we decided to hit the river behind the house and see if we could round up a smallmouth. (I know, it's not trout, but I'm putting it here for purposes of continuity. Also, it's technically not in the GSMNP, but you can see the park line from here.)

The water was a little high, but not too discolored.

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The fish weren't hitting like usual, but we had a few forward casts that didn't come back. I sight-casted to a huge carp a couple times, but managed to spook it.

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After about an hour, heavy rain upstream made the river start rising fast, and it turned the color of creamed coffee. The fish stopped hitting like you had flipped a switch.

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Time to hike back out, and call an end to a fine weekend.

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FIN.
Women want me, doughbellies fear me.<br /><br />Little Debbie Prostaff

Dougfish

Seriously good fun. Congrats!

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"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change? " -Oddball, 1970

"I don't wanna go to hell,
But if I do,
It'll be 'cause of you..."
Strange Desire, The Black Keys, 2006

Phil

Scored the slam. Nice!

Don't wear shorts when walking through nettles.....


Yallerhammer

Quote from: Phil on July 13, 2017, 19:54:33 PM

Scored the slam. Nice!

Don't wear shorts when walking through nettles.....

Yep, we got it both days. And I'd rather get ate up by stinging weeds any day than to walk around sweating my ass off in a pair of 50 lb. sopping wet britches. If they get too bad, I just pick up a stick and beat the shit out of 'em. :D
Women want me, doughbellies fear me.<br /><br />Little Debbie Prostaff

Dee-Vo

That was good shit. I lol'ed at the comment your friend made regarding the nettle.

I wear thin dry fast pants all the time. It keeps poison shit off my legs (most of the time). Stinging nettle still gets through those.


hcrum87hc

That looks like a mighty fine weekend.  I haven't been fishing in a while, and probably won't until September, so thanks for tying me over for the time. 

Jeremiah 17:7

troutfanatic

Damn... how'd I miss this?

Good to see the Yellarhammer tossing Yellarhammers.

Bonus on the smallies. Have you used my old 7 weight yet?



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