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GSMNP / Elkmont - May 16 - 21
« Last post by JoelO on May 24, 2017, 04:37:50 pm »
Brother and I made our semi-annual trip up to the park last week.  We had a great time as usual.  Temperatures were a little warm during the day but they cooled off enough in the evening to where we could sleep comfortably.

Fishing was steady but not spectacular.  We can usually figure out the right dry/dropper combination early but we struggled to find a dry they would take consistently.  There were some yellow mayflies (sulphurs?) and yellow sallies that came off in the evening but not in significant numbers.  Yellow caddis and yellow stimulators did not generate a ton of strikes.  We probably caught more fish with the dropper (generally a bh prince for me).  A parachute Adams or March Brown took some fish - 100% of the fish up on Walker Camp Prong since that's all we fish up there. 

I lost my biggest fish the first afternoon we were up there.  We were fishing close to camp in a place where we've had some luck catching browns on a dry.  I threw a #16 para March Brown and was in the process of picking up the line for my next cast when a good fish hit.  I fought it for a bit and then it when down a slight waterfall into a deeper run below me.  I edged closer to the drop off and watched as it jumped about 3 feet into the air...spectacular fish...mid teens in length.  It continued to head downstream stripping 25-30 feet of line from my 4 wt before I could turn it.  I could not chase it without taking a splash in the deeper run so I tried to coax it back up to me.  Everything was going well until it wasn't.  I was applying steady pressure (nothing excessive) but the line went limp when he was still 20-25 feet away from me.  No line break...the fly was still there...guess he wasn't hooked that well.  Bummer.

We'll be heading back up this fall...can't wait.  Brother said we need to make this trip 1 or 2 more times a year...I told him I'd love that though I don't think I can sale that to the home front. :)
General Discussion / FALL SALE OCT. 7,8,9TH
« Last post by Grumpy on October 02, 2016, 08:42:19 pm »
Yes it's coming up, the big 3 day sale, even some good stuff from the flyshop :o Come on by, i'll be off Saturday/Sunday, there will be someone around to help with yje fly fishing selections.
General Discussion / Re: Birthright
« Last post by bradfordw on September 28, 2016, 08:57:02 am »
Also done -- between this and the Everglades seems like there's a good enough group of motivated people to make a difference.
General Discussion / Re: Birthright
« Last post by Grumpy on September 24, 2016, 03:50:59 pm »
General Discussion / Birthright
« Last post by Brandon on September 24, 2016, 01:17:56 pm »
Some of you may have already seen this great film clip series by TU in regards to protecting our public lands. Link below has petition to sign, please act now so we all can keep returning to these places we love
Warm Water / Re: OH 6/20
« Last post by Grumpy on June 21, 2016, 04:14:00 pm »
They go bonkers over the willow flies for sure.
Warm Water / OH 6/20
« Last post by bradfordw on June 21, 2016, 09:34:54 am »
Full moon, high 70's/low 80's temps at 8pm and a willow fly hatch that stopped your nose up = great time!

My little buddy held my fly rod while I changed colors on his casting rod, by the time I got my fly rod back he just kept reeling and broke my popper off the line; so while I re-re-rigged he caught a handful of those eager bass.

It was comical when we arrived the bass were just blowing the top of the water up, great time.
Warm Water / Re: JPP
« Last post by Grumpy on June 20, 2016, 06:53:32 am »
That's better than not catching ;)
Warm Water / JPP
« Last post by bradfordw on June 16, 2016, 09:19:52 am »
Catching some really small smallmouth around the riprap on the lake; they're so pale - guessing that's because they've spawned in/around the rock so they haven't colored up much? Feisty as all get out only being 7-8 inches long
Warm Water / Harpeth
« Last post by bradfordw on June 08, 2016, 03:51:53 pm »
Made it over to Hwy-100 at lunch since my afternoon plans got changed on me. Mostly just observed a Herron stalking prey and when I eventually talked myself into throwing a line, I noticed as I was looking at the bottom step beneath the bridge (where I was just standing) a little raspy snake poked his head out and just observed my presence a step above him, never moved, I just kept looking at him on occasion to see if he'd gone or gotten closer, it was comical, it just stayed between my feet the entire time I casted, even dropped line on him a few times and didn't budge.

I saw what looked like either some rockbass porpoising infrequently in some of the sunlit areas of the water, but riffles, etc...didn't produce anything for me.  Still, it beat sitting in a chair in an air conditioned office for about 45 minutes.

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