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    Default Solo Backpacking and Fly Fishing GSMNP

    I returned home today from a solo backpacking trip to GSMNP. The water was a tad high making wading and fishing a little difficult. Some sections of the stream were not wadable or fishable. I still managed a few fish, saw deer, grouse, and got to prove my manhood by sleeping out in the woods all alone.

    When I arrived at the campsite, I found the "present" the previous campers left for me. Gee, why is it we sometimes have bear problems in the GSMNP? I cleaned up the mess they left and the campsite was clean when I left.



    After building my house, I went down to the stream to get some water. After filtering the water, I came back to fetch my fly rod.







    After catching those three rainbows, I headed on downstream to look for what I came for, some big browns. I found this fishable run. After flogging several hundred yards, all I had to show for it was one dace and one strike.



    Beautiful day.



    I hiked back up to camp and fished a few pools along the way, a few strikes was all I managed. I got back to camp, took a break, and enjoyed a fine hot dinner.



    I built a fire and set out my bear deterrent, smelly socks and booties.




    I sat around around the campfire until dark. I just sat there collecting my thoughts, watching the squirrels, and looking for bears. Shortly after dark, I went to bed. I laid there a few minutes wondering if a bear would ambush me in the middle of the night. I was soon fast asleep. I woke at day light, enjoyed a cup of coffee, packed up camp and hiked back to the trail head.

    It was a good trip. Unfortunately, I was not quick enough with the camera to get any wildlife pictures. I wish I had caught more fish, but I still had fun.
    Wild troutin', blue linin', fly flingin', camo wearin', redneckin' elitist.

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    Default Re: Solo Backpacking and Fly Fishing GSMNP

    Seriously awesome, enjoyed this.

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    Default Re: Solo Backpacking and Fly Fishing GSMNP

    Nice! Are you wet wading there already? milt.

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    Default Re: Solo Backpacking and Fly Fishing GSMNP

    Quote Originally Posted by milt spawn View Post
    Nice! Are you wet wading there already? milt.
    I started wet wading 2 weeks ago. Water is still a little chilly, but not too bad.
    Wild troutin', blue linin', fly flingin', camo wearin', redneckin' elitist.

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    Default Re: Solo Backpacking and Fly Fishing GSMNP

    Sounds and looks like a great trip, less fish or more! I'm jealous
    - 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: Solo Backpacking and Fly Fishing GSMNP

    Sounds like a great trip. Thanks for sharing!
    "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace."
    Thomas Paine

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    Nice trip report. I'm a little jealous now!

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    Default Re: Solo Backpacking and Fly Fishing GSMNP

    Looks like deep creek did you fish a hares ear nymph any or just dries..

    ---------- Post added at 12:29 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:26 PM ----------

    Guess i should have looked closer i see the nymphs now.Looks like you had a good trip..My son has been doing well on a prince nymph in the GSMNP in the evenings after school and work..
    SHANNON

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