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Old 05-12-2012, 08:28 PM
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Default A bunch of runts....but good to be back in trout water

I had some time today and decided to see what was happening on my trout stream. I haven't been there since January, but I have been hearing all kinds of doom and gloom reports. The water is extremely low, there are no fish, there is grass everywhere in the water, etc... Some of those are true. The water was low, there was a lot more vegetation, but there were some fish. Not as good as I remember, but then again there has been some issues with trout stocking all over TN due to hatchery issues. I had heard they dumped a bunch of brook trout in here, but I am thinking people are confusing juvenile browns with brook trout.

I decided to start at my usual place of solitude away from the crowds.
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I tied on what turned out to be good for nothing other than an indicator.
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I dropped a small zebra midge about 12" behind it. It turned out to be the only fish catcher. The dry received no action, although I have never fished that pattern here before and stubbornly wanted to try something new.

Since February I have been solely targeting warmwater fish, mainly smallmouth and largemouth. These fish require a stout hookset. Trout do not. I saw my dry fly disappear and I jerk the rod tip up and a small brown flies by head and about 20 feet behind me.
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I missed a few good strikes and caught more little guys.
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I decided to head to a more popular spot to try my luck there for these "brook trout." I caught more small browns there, but the fish were at least actively feeding on top. After dodging people in kayaks and canoes I decided I would fish my way back and call it a day. Also some dude was trying to low hole me, so I was getting annoyed.

I drifted close to an underwater log and watched my dry fly vanish only to find I had nothing on. I tried one more drift in the same spot and caught a little bigger brown (relative to what I had been catching all day). He put a nice bend in the 3wt.
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I'll take stocker browns over stocker rainbows any day of the week. Now they just need to get a bit bigger.

Saw this on my way out.........
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The public access places are going to be even more crazy now.
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