Originally Posted by waterfordcreek
LOVE my 2-3wts. Never leave home without them.
My home waters are the GSMNP. Mostly smaller backcoutry streams are a favorite. Fish average 4-8 with a good fish pushing 12. I could never understand the guy throwing the 8" 4-5wt...6 inch fish and a cfs flow of 120. I just dont see the fun....Now, give me my 2wt......and that 6 inch fish feels like something. Then, it's the 12-14's that will get you to the reel in a hurry and put on a show......
That's about where I was. The smaller ones are usually 6-7 but most of them today were in the 12 - 15 range. The biggest one wouldn't stop and I ended up on the reel with him taking a couple yards of drag. Great time!
Aside from feeling good about the trip... I left on another positive note. Earlier in the morning a woman showed up to fish and spoke with me for a minute or two. She was very pleasant (and nice looking too)(but don't tell my wife I said that)
She went a little upstream from me and I watched her cast for a bit. She was doing very well but I could tell she was struggling with her line, tippet and kind of staring into her fly box. After awhile I ventured up her way and asked how she was making out. She was frustrated a little and told me that she started last year and normally fishes with a guy friend and/or one of the guides there.
She showed me her rig which was a yellow elk caddis and blue dun dropper. Either would be my choice. So I grabbed my fly box and told her that the caddis was good but a tan would work much better and then showed her the cdc micro caddis dropper that I use.
I said: "Let me give you these 2 flies... No strings attached."
She thanked me and as we were on the topic of strings, I noticed her leader had a couple knots in it. I reached in my pouch and grabbed one of Joni's furled leaders for her that would work with her weight rod and told her all about them. I mentioned that (because it happened to me) you can carefully pull out a knot with hook pliers after it dries.
She was all smiles and thanked me over and over. After I got back to fishing she was tying some new flies on but then disappeared so I though she went home. She came back an hour or so later and yelled out my name. I turned around and she let me know that she wanted to thank me again before she left... She went down stream for awhile and ended up catching 2 browns on the micro caddis that I gave her!