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Day Well-spent in the Smokies

Started by Yallerhammer, June 02, 2019, 16:30:07 PM

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Yallerhammer

Headed out early Friday morning to hit a couple creeks I haven't fished in awhile.

Breakfast of champions:

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Met this guy along the way.

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First creek was a good-sized one, so I broke out my 10' rod:

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It's full of these:

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And these:

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Unexpected company. It startled the crap out of me when it jumped off the bank into a hole right above me. These things are spreading out all over the place now, good to see them doing well:

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Mmmm....tree limbs....

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Fished a couple hours up this creek and caught a bunch of good fish. I hooked one really nice brown about 16", but he quick-released himself when I was reaching for him with the net, so no pics of him. He put up a heckuva fight on the long three-weight in the strong current, so I didn't begrudge him his freedom. Maybe I'll hook him again next year when he's bigger.

Sun is getting high now, time to head up a tributary.....

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

Yallerhammer

June 02, 2019, 16:37:12 PM #1 Last Edit: June 02, 2019, 17:13:32 PM by Yallerhammer

This smaller creek is a tributary of the first creek, and it always seems to hold some really good fish for the size of the creek.

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They were hitting good, I spent a couple hours catching fish after fish. Very fat and colorful, and strong fighters.

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Everything was lush and green. Thousands of maidenhair ferns growing along the creek:

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This 12" butterbelly with a kype starting wound up being the fish to hand of the day:

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Starting to get into the afternoon, and I was having a great time. But something is missing for a day in the Smokies: No specks yet. Lets see if we can remedy that....

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

Yallerhammer

June 02, 2019, 16:41:34 PM #2 Last Edit: June 03, 2019, 07:21:44 AM by Yallerhammer

Started up a smaller tributary that usually has some specks:

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At first, though, it was just more of these:

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But, finally, after working my way upstream, I started getting into some little tiny native jewels. Nothing of any size at all on the speck side today, but pretty little guys:

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It was getting late, and I was tired, hungry, and happy; so I started the hike back out to the truck. Days like this are what keeps me sane and grounded. Doesn't get much better.

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

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Looks like you had a very good day. I spent Friday in park as well. No pictures. Left phone in truck. About 20 or so to hand. All rainbows except one brown. Nice report.


Phil

June 03, 2019, 06:07:08 AM #5 Last Edit: June 03, 2019, 07:19:49 AM by Phil

Love the Smokies reports and fish, Yaller. And ya got the grand slam. Fine stuff!  'c;  'c;


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Stone-Man

Pretty fish and good photos. Great colors on most of those babies    - Good report,Sir  'c;


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hcrum87hc

Looks like a great day.  A wild slam is still on my checklist.  I haven't been able to accomplish it yet, but hopefully soon.  I think I know a stream I can do it on, but I haven't fished high enough to check for brookies yet.

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