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  1. #1
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    Default Fall Splendor - GSMP Fishing Report

    Hi Everyone,
    Over the last week-end, my wife and I had the opportunity to visit the NC side of the Smoky Mountains and spend a couple of days fishing the waters there. Saturday was spent on one of the larger rivers with lots of success. Both of us went into the double digits with Rainbows & Brookies. The fish ranged in size from 9 - 14in but they fought like they were much larger









    The weather and fall colors were absolutely perfect & it was a trip to remember. I was surprised to see how aggressively the Brookies were hitting the flies.

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    Sunday was spent hiking in the national park and hitting some of the streams for native brookies. Only caught a few small ones since the temps had dropped below freezing over night. However, it was great being out in the woods by ourselves with just the burbling sounds from the stream.





    Some lessons from this trip-
    1) My new Simms Headwaters boots worked superbly – both in and out of the water. The studded Vibram soles were perfect, not on instance of slipping
    2) I learnt that one does not need to cast > 30ft in these waters to catch fish. All the fish I caught were with less than 20 foot casts.
    3) My Sage Z axis (4wt) performed worse than my Scott A3 (4wt) in this type of fishing. It was so much easier to load the Scott with the short amount of line out. The rigs we were casting on the larger river involved – multiple flies with an indicator and split shot. Plus the wind was approx 20-25mph all day. Even in those conditions, the Scott outshone the Z-axis.
    4) Its easier to ignore the frigid water temps once you start catching fish

    Overall, a magical trip and many sweet memories to bring home.

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    THanks for sharing your report with us. again, i can't believe i haven't been fly fishing my entire life...of all the times i just went to GSMP to camp and hike, but not fish! idiot.

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    Default Re: Fall Splendor - GSMP Fishing Report

    Nice report, Myst. I've fished that area once, but it was before I picked up fly fishing. Now I'm torn whether I want to build a 4wt or a 12wt first Nothing wrong with smaller fish, it's still fishing and in a beautiful locale no less!
    - A.J.

    Working out a way to convince my university to allow me to hold my TA office hours on the nearby creek...

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    Default Re: Fall Splendor - GSMP Fishing Report

    Hey A.J.,
    I know what you mean. I have a Winston WT 2wt all ready to go for next spring when I return to the Smokies. It will be great for the small Brook trout in the small mountain streams.

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    Default Re: Fall Splendor - GSMP Fishing Report

    Beautiful!

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    Default Re: Fall Splendor - GSMP Fishing Report

    Beautiful pictures there!

    Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

    Life On The Line - Alaska Fishing with Ard
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    I always enjoy members posting their stories and pics. Many of these places I may never see but thru these posts from fellow members.

    Thanks For Sharing

    Dave
    I was going fly fishing until my wife suggested it, now I can't tell who is outsmarting who!

    Being "one with nature" requires a knowledge of what animals are living nearby and a weapon of sufficient magnitude to give you at minimum an equal chance of survival. No one has an invisible aura that animals can detect and sense your good intentions.

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    Great report. I fished the Tennessee side of the GSMP the first weekend of October with not nearly as much success. I only caught one small rainbow the entire day. Had a great time walking the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon though. Great photos!

    Ian

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    NICE!!! It looks like another area for my fishing "Bucket List"

    I agree with you on the Scott A3. I got one off of ebay a little over a year ago. I let my wife try it and now it is hers and I can't touch it. I think that rod gave her 10 to 15 more feet but better yet her hook set catch ratio went up by factors. What a crisp light weight fun rod. Too bad I can't use it anymore

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    Those are some great pics of the river and of the GSMNP streams .Looks like some of the places i fish there.
    SHANNON

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