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Old 04-15-2018, 05:03 PM
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Went out awhile Saturday to a creek I haven't fished in several years. Just as much to get out in the woods as to fish, really. It was a nice spring day with wildflowers starting to bloom, great day to be alive and be out walking in the Mountains. I hiked a couple miles in before I started fishing, just enjoying the day and the sights along the trail.

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Cool cliff with a little cave at the bottom. It had a bunch of mud dauber nests and mountain spleenwort colonies growing under the overhang:

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Fished awhile, and the lil' wild browns were hitting good on both dry flies and nymphs. Caught a whole bunch of these:

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Then, I hit a little feeder stream, and saw this pool:

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In it was this:

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That was an absurdly big rainbow to be in a little creek like that-probably around 16" long and a couple pounds. I would think it was a holdover stocker, but this was miles from any stocked water. I don't know. Might have run up for the spring spawn. Anyway it was a fine fish and put up a heckuva fight on my little 3 weight rod. I put him back in there. All in all, not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
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Old 04-15-2018, 05:27 PM
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Absolutely beautiful shots and country and trout and weather and the greenness,,,, WOW,,,,
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Beautiful photos, especially the underwater shots. Fish ainít bad either.
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Looks like a good walk about. Browns can have a pinkish stripe too. The only way I can tell is by the lack of spots all over the tail when I catch one of them.
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Old 04-15-2018, 06:06 PM
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I bet you recognize every inch of that creek.
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Absolutely beautiful shots and country and trout and weather and the greenness,,,, WOW,,,,
It was like 70* and beautiful yesterday, supposed to snow tonight and tomorrow and be down in the 20s next couple nights.
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Amazing pics NCH! Thx for posting. I was up in the Smokies this past Thursday. Hiked from Newfound Gap to Charlies Bunion on the AT. Made for a great day and sore knees.
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Beautiful pictures. Thanks for posting.
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I bet you recognize every inch of that creek.
Dad hauled some hikers to Newfound Gap this evening and said they're all rolling right now. Yeah, I may have fished that one a time or 3.
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I'm building up a hankering for some wild Smokies water. Nice report!
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That big rainbow came from rock-chunkin' distance of Uncle Mark's old houseplace, on his former property. But I bet you already knew that.

I caught it on a Tellico nymph instead of a dancing gray-hackle yaller, though.
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That big rainbow came from rock-chunkin' distance of Uncle Mark's old houseplace, on his former property. But I bet you already knew that.

I caught it on a Tellico nymph instead of a dancing gray-hackle yaller, though.
Good stuff, when it warms a bit I aim to drop down from the top and stay at the PP for a few days and work on some Specs.
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I'd rather catch a 16 incher out of a tiny creek like that than a 24 inch out of a river. I've always loved creeping and peeping on the micro-creeks.
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Good stuff, when it warms a bit I aim to drop down from the top and stay at the PP for a few days and work on some Specs.
I'm gonna try to spend a couple days up at the BP later this year. Haven't been all the way up in there in a long time. Never have been all the way up to PP. Coming in from the top, I would dread the hike back out nowadays since I've got old, fat, and decrepit.
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Makes it worth the harsh winters. And takes me back 43 years....
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Makes it worth the harsh winters. And takes me back 43 years....
It sure does. Speaking of which, it was nearly 80 Saturday when I was taking those pics, it's 33 and snowing this morning.
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It sure does. Speaking of which, it was nearly 80 Saturday when I was taking those pics, it's 33 and snowing this morning.
Hear you about the snow,,,, tried to get Miggy to take this low pressure system away,,,, can't help me,,,,
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Beautiful pics, NCH!!!! Had to be a joy to do that hike.
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Nice fishing report and photos. A great day in the woods beats about everything else.
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Great pics NCH ! I'm envious, my knees won't let me do hikes like that anymore, remembering similar weekend trips of years ago makes me want to hurry up and get knee replacements done, I miss rambling up and down the creeks and streams of N.Ga !
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Thanks for posting. Those are great pics and take me back quite a few years when I lived in Atlanta and used to hike around the Georgia mountains and do some trout fishing--but nothing like what you do.
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Ain't much of a better way a man could spend the day! Great fish hillbilly! I especially loved the wildflower pics. I love this time of year!
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That is awesome. Beautiful pictures.

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