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    Smoky Mountains.................

    Being able to fish the streams inside the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is one thing, but being able to fish them with a legend in the fishing community is another.

    James Marsh was kind enough to show me around the park and help me better understand how the fish act during certain periods of the year. Leave it to me to pick one of the busiest weekends to take a trip to the Smokies. Anyways, the water is lower then normal for almost all of the streams, which makes the fish very skittish. The best way to be successful in low water is to be a ninja and sneak up on them. Having been here before I knew you had to work upstream to trick these fish, but I was lucky the last time I made a trip to the Smokies with AkSkim. The water was high, and the fish were hungry and not as weary as they are during low water.

    James explained to me the inverse cone and how fish see the surface of the water as well as their surroundings. He told me that if you want to catch fish you have to move slow and stay low, as well as wear colors that blend in with your environment. SO, this means no contrasting colors. Natural earth tones and greys are the way to go. I learned this quickly and ditched the white and blue hat I had worn the previous day.

    Even with the fishing being tough, I have managed to do well. Everyone comes here in search of something different. Many people want to just catch wild trout and they don’t care how. For others like myself, I like the challenge of catching trout on a dry fly. Sure I could catch plenty of fish running a nymph down low, but how much fun would that be when you can get them to smack the crap out of a dry fly, even when there aren’t a ton of bugs coming off the water.

    If you’re coming down here looking for huge fish, you’re coming to the wrong place. The average size brook trout is only 5″ and the rainbows and browns can get upwards of 12”, but most come in around 8-10″. Now, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t huge fish lurking in some of the deeper holes. James tells me there are some monster browns (16+ inches) in these waters, they are just very hard to come by and mostly come out during the evening and early morning. You can however get them when they’re getting ready to spawn and come out of their deep dark holes in search of a partner.

    I have just two days left up here in the park, and no matter how long you have, I don’t think you could ever spend enough time in such a beautiful place. The scenery is on par with the fishing, and makes it that much more enjoyable. For the most part we hardly ever see another fisherman. If you’re willing to do some hiking, I am almost certain you wouldn’t see another fisherman, let alone another person all day if you stayed in the stream pounding away at the plunge pools and riffles.


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    Re: Smoky Mountains.................

    thanks for the great photos looks like your having a good time and thats what it is all about what pattern are you using ? a royal?

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    Re: Smoky Mountains.................

    Quote Originally Posted by Trout Fever View Post
    what pattern are you using ? a royal?
    Yeah, that was a royal in that picture. I've been using size 18 Blue Winged Olive in this low water, size 16 parachutte adams, and a size 16 usual. Not a whole lot of bugs on the water, when they do come out to drop eggs it's already to dark to see your fly.

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    Re: Smoky Mountains.................

    Connecticut:

    Great underwater shots, you got a new camera or was Mr. Marsh with you?

    I see you got out before the "Tubers" took over the stream ... LOL


    Ok this is the part that is going to kill me to ask....
    What streams did you fish....
    Oh that hurt to ask.. liked to have been down there....

    My regards to Mr. M.


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    Re: Smoky Mountains.................

    Quote Originally Posted by AKSkim View Post
    Connecticut:

    Great underwater shots, you got a new camera or was Mr. Marsh with you?

    I see you got out before the "Tubers" took over the stream ... LOL


    Ok this is the part that is going to kill me to ask....
    What streams did you fish....
    Oh that hurt to ask.. liked to have been down there....

    My regards to Mr. M.

    I picked up a shock proof/waterproof camera from the PX. Only paid $150 for it too!

    Mr. Marsh is fishing with me, well he's video taping and I'm fishing. Let me think here........we've fished Walkers Camp right where it splits with road prong above the chimney top trail, a bunch of other spots above that on walkers camp, went to greenbriar yesterday, little river right at Elkmont, and then we went low on the Little River. Water is kind of warm, so we've had to stay high. We're getting ready to head out again, so I'll let you know what happens this evening.

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    Re: Smoky Mountains.................

    Quote Originally Posted by CTobias View Post
    I picked up a shock proof/waterproof camera from the PX. Only paid $150 for it too!

    Mr. Marsh is fishing with me, well he's video taping and I'm fishing. Let me think here........we've fished Walkers Camp right where it splits with road prong above the chimney top trail, a bunch of other spots above that on walkers camp, went to greenbriar yesterday, little river right at Elkmont, and then we went low on the Little River. Water is kind of warm, so we've had to stay high. We're getting ready to head out again, so I'll let you know what happens this evening.

    Nice write up by Mr. M on your trip this morning.

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    Re: Smoky Mountains.................

    Those are some really cool pics!
    Nicely done!



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    Re: Smoky Mountains.................

    Well...fishing was very good. That is until some people decided to play in the stream ahead of us...and a storm rolled through and dumped a bunch of rain and blew out some of the creeks. BUT, that's expected when it's a holiday weekend, well...the people part anyways.

    Another Smokies trip, and more memories and reasons to keep me coming back. If it weren't for AK I never would have fallen in love with these streams and mountains. I truly believe any person who enjoys the great sport of fly fishing needs to visit the Smokies at least once in their life.

    The fishing can be tough at times, but if you come early in the season it can be rewarding with high numbers and decent size fish (for the smokies).

    On another note before I go, when the water started to get dirty I switched tactics and started swinging a decent size streamer that had lots of action. Needless to say, I had a very good size brown, in any small stream, come clear out of the water trying to get it. I swung it back through and he missed it again.

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    Re: Smoky Mountains.................

    I couldn't get enough fishing in (I don't think you can ever get enough fishing in) so I swung by Straight Fork on my way out of the park (Ok so it's a tad out of the way, but hey at least in was on the NC side). Needless to say it was a good decision. I only got to fish for a couple hours, but the rain from the night before brought up the creek and I thad already cleared up by the time I got there.

    I didn't have a thermometer with me, but the water was easily in the low 50's. I was wet wading so it was a bit chilly at first. The bows and brookies were willing to play, and so were the trees. I caught my fair share of trees this weekend. Those always bite well. Just gives me even more of a reason to tie more flies and buy more material.

    Sorry...no pics. Camera ended up dying and the wife thought my camera battery charger was hers and took it back to NY. Woman...can't live with em' and they can't pee standing up.

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    Re: Smoky Mountains.................

    Straight Fork you lucky dog you.....



    Hell... all weekend in the GSMNP ...

    I understand you just about crippled someone trying to keep up with you all weekend.


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    Re: Smoky Mountains.................

    Quote Originally Posted by AKSkim View Post
    Straight Fork you lucky dog you.....



    Hell... all weekend in the GSMNP ...

    I understand you just about crippled someone trying to keep up with you all weekend.
    Haha. James is a tough SOB that's for sure. You know first hand how it is trying to keep up with me. I can't help it. I get out there and never want to leave!!

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