We received this report from Landon Williams, the fishingest 21 year old we know.
I spent my birthday up in the Smokies and had a big time with a couple of buddies up there. We stayed at Cades Cove Sunday night and it was a blast. We fished the North Prong of Little River that afternoon and fishing was good. River was up from recent rain from the passing tropical storm but fished decent with dredge rigs of leeches and pheasant tails. Mostly rainbows but got more browns as it got darker and the rain started again. It poured most of Sunday night and the rivers up in the park were running high and chocolate milk colored. We salvaged the day by packing up and spending the rest of the day on the lower Nantahala below the powerhouse. Fishing was good for holdover and even wild rainbows down there fishing bank side pockets and seams. They were not hunkered down in that recreational release flow and fed in the top half of the water column, perhaps for emerging BWO's that were coming off. We were catching them on small Frenchies and a few on a Zelon Caddis emerger. It's interesting you can catch them even with rafts and kayaks constantly going over them. Dark thirty never really happened like I was hoping but I dredged with a golden stone nymph and hooked several in the last hour, including a large brown who got in heavy current and eventually got off. It was a fun way to spend my 21st birthday here on planet Earth!
Friday, June 14, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Posted by Jimmy at 4:56 PM
If you're wondering what bugs are hatching right now in north Georgia, you need look no further than the front porch of Unicoi Outfitters. These photographs are from early this morning (6/13). You may want to consider flies that will resemble these bugs on your next outing.
Hexegenia Limbata (Filet Mignon)
Giant Golden Stone (top)
Giant Golden Stone (bottom)
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Posted by Jimmy at 3:01 PM
On this particular trip, both Mark and I were hoping we would each have another rendezvous with what we consider a true trophy fish for this stream. On previous trips, he and I have both done the dance with a good 12 or 13 inch rainbow. Mark's dance was successful. Mine was simply a glance over the shoulder that I replay in slow motion when I close my eyes.
Most of the afternoon I was fishing an Adams Trude (easy to see that white wing!) and Mark fished a size 16 Tan Caddis the entire time.
But today it was all fish in the 4" to 8" range. We aren't complaining at all. These fish are why we do this. The trophies are simply something to talk about for years to come. We didn't even take a picture of a fish on this day but I think you can tell from these photos what the attraction is. What a wonderful place!
Labels: Wild Trout
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Posted by Jimmy at 8:57 AM
Spent Saturday afternoon over on Rock Creek Lake floating around in the float tube. The water was still pretty cold there and I regretted wet wading once the clouds came in later in the afternoon. Fishing was pretty good all things considered. I used a dry dropper rig with a big stimulator and two tungsten bead nymphs, a pheasant tail variant "The Frenchie" and a pink version of a hares ear called a "Surveyor." Best way to fish it was casting in areas of risers and then slowly strip it back to me. The Dry would sometimes dive when a fish took a nymph dropper but many times all that would signal a strike would be the dry turning in a different direction or a small blip. Fish actually hit the dry too stripped across the surface, usually just as it was starting to move. I had many doubles hooked and a few landed and even managed to hook and land a triple! As cool as that was, the highlight of the day was seeing a small banded water snake swimming across a small cove on the lake and a nice brook trout came up and nailed him! Now that is something you don't see everyday! Enjoy the pictures and flying bream...