Just got back from a weekend in the mountains and some great trout fishing. I look forward to these trips like you wouldn't believe 'cause I'm addicted to trout, but only get up to fish them about 4 times a year
I really should just make it a point to go more often, but a 5 hr trip means at least an overnighter and really a long weekend to make it worthwhile.
Anyway, only got to fish sat., but headed down to the east fork of the Chattooga river which is right next to the Walhala state fish hatchery in SC. I normally fish the main section of the Chattooga, but I was taking my wife with me who had never caught a trout before so I figured this spot would help her odds. I'll tell you, the amount of fish in this one pool was ridiculous! I found out they stock the stream weekly
and especially this one area near the parking area. There's even a little pier for people to fish off of.
This one pool (about the size of a swimming pool) probably had about 100 catchable sized trout in it with 4 or 5 nice sized ones in there. Didn't take long before I got my wife on some fish. Here's a picture of her with her first trout:
She hasn't really mastered fly fishing yet so she caught it on a spinning outfit, but did still use flies for lures. Just used some split shot to make it castable. It's a good way to teach her how a fly moves in current.
I ended up catching about 12 or so all about this size:
I caught most of them on #14 soft hackles and a couple on GRHE. I would have had no trouble catching twice that many, but I was spending more time teaching than fishing. All in all a very rewarding experience.
That one pool definitely felt like cheating except for this one large brown sitting right in the middle that would have nothing to do with anything I threw at him. I worked on him all day long and nothing. Just as I was packing it in, the guy next to me tossed in some powerbait and had him floppin on a stringer in a minute flat
With the exception of the cheatin' pool, everything down stream is just ideal small creek fishing where you actually have to hunt for the fish. A little more my speed.