I got to the stream around 11am. It was cold up in the hills last night, so I wanted to give the stream a little time to warm up. I knew the water would be a bit chilly and I packed the waders for the first time since April. I absolutely hate wearing waders and wet wade as much of the year as possible, or as much of the year as I can stand it.
I pulled over to gear up and a bear hunter stopped and chatted for a moment. I soon realized the hills were swarming with bear hunters and bear dogs. That made me happy. I have nothing against bears, but this particular area has a huge bear population and they have, for the most part, lost their fear of humans. In my personal opinion, the bear population here could use a bit of thinning out. Also, the remaining bears could stand to get a little fear of humans put into them. Then again, the bears were there long before we decided to invade their home to camp, fish, hike, hunt, etc. Who am I to judge?
I geared up and started fishing around the middle part of the stream. This particular section usually does well for me, so that's why I decided to start here rather than start lower and work my way up to this point.
The rainbows were eager to eat, fattening up for the rapidly approaching winter. I think they were also happy to have some higher water levels that yesterday's rain so generously provided.
I'm not sure if I caught more leaves or more trout. Both the trout and the leaves were hitting the nymph pretty good. I fished a dry/dropper all day. I did catch and few trout and at least two tree limbs on the dry.
A few more rainbows.
I was starting to wonder where the browns were. This was the only one I caught today. I usually catch more of them on this stream.
I fished on up to where I normally stop and decided to drive down the road and mess around a bit in the lower section. I actually caught a bunch of fish down there, but most were this size.
It was a fairly good day. I caught a few decent sized fish, at least for this small Southern Appalachian stream they were decent sized......it was good day on the stream.