- Tyler Legg
- Charlotte, NC, United States
This particular pool was full of eager Brookies. Some took a #12 Green Weenie, but most jumped at a #14 Yellow Sally dry
(Above) I caught this guy just after sunrise. With it being this early and given the dense brush and overhanging trees, it's hard to see the picture... The Green Weenie in his jaws sticks out like a sore thumb...
Good size Spec from this particular stream. I caught him a few minutes after I caught the one above. Notice the oval-like parr marks on his side...
Experimented with the camera on views and vantage points to take a short video...
I got into a nest of yellow jackets while on the water...I honestly had no earlthly idea they were there until they started swarming around me, every one of them stinging me; on the face. Those little buggers are good at stinging the intruder in the face. They don't target the hands, legs, arms...but the FACE... Of all places... I'm now preoccupied for a while digging and removing stingers from my face. Luckily, I didn't have an allergic reaction, or I wouldn't be typing this post right now.
All in all, it was a great trip. I'll be back soon... Winter time probably, when the yellow jackets are at their slowest...
Yesterday Evening on the Hiwassee...
"The fishing was great, it was the catching that was bad..." Good evening to take pictures and to enjoy being out on the river...
There aren't any strongholds of Specs here in NC. As a matter of fact, the only strongholds of the Brook Trout are way up in the upstate of New York and up into Maine. Here in the Tar Heel State, there are a few streams that have a moderate to healthy population of Southern Appalachian Brook Trout, but again, strongholds are not immanent.
All and all this is a great project for anglers in the park. As long as the overly competitive Rainbow Trout and/or the Cannibalistic Brown Trout are absent from the stream, the Brook Trout will likely survive. All other fish were taken out of the stream above the falls on Lynn Camp last Fall. Hopefully the stream will be posted as Catch and Release Fly Fish Only, as to where the fishery will last. Lynn Camp Prong should be open again for anglers in a few years (as much as 5).
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Pretty foggy starting out...
Eventually the fog cleared up...
Working a deep run adjacent to Appalachia Powerhouse.
**I noticed the dates on the pictures are off by 4 years....**
An average Hiwassee Rainbow~11 inches
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Off to the Qualla Boundary/Cherokee. The summertime crowds were, like always, in full swing. We arrived at the hotel, put our bags in the room and went our separate ways. My Grandad tried his luck on the gaming floor of the Casino and I left the tourists and crowds behind to try my luck on the Catch and Release Trophy Section of the Cherokee. I pulled up to a spot were I've always managed a few fish. I rigged my fly rod up, put my waders on and headed down. I saw another angler working a pool upstream, so I walked downstream a little ways and got in. Upon starting my first cast, I noticed a small Trico hatch. Most of the bugs were a size 18-20. I didn't see any risers, so I figured nymphs would be most productive...An hour passed...Nothing. I did get a few short hits though.
The angler fishing upstream was leaving, so I slowly made my way upstream, fishing every deep pool and run on the way. As I was drifting a #10 Green Weenie through a deep run, I saw a flash from a feeding fish. I set the hook and felt the 'bow on the end of my line. 2 seconds later he was off and I moved on. Around 6:00 PM, I switched to an olive PMX #12. This obviously was the ticket. A BOHEMOTH of a rainbow nailed my offering and like a freight train ran upstream as fast as I could say "fish on". He took me into my backing and then without any warning he decided to race downstream. This is were I got into trouble. All of the slack line from him making his lunge back downstream was too much for me to quickly reel in. Eventually the fly popped out of his jaws and I was left shaking, awed and dumbfounded. I sat there for a few minutes. I had to remind myself to breath...I estimated the fish to be anywhere from 23-25 inches and weighing approximately 6-8 pounds. I thought to myself, I just lost one of the, if not the largest rainbow I've had on the end of my line in a while. I wrapped the day up after realizing any remanding trout in the pool were now spooked.
I may head over to the Hiwassee either tomorrow or Tuesday. Hopefully results are better.
2.) I need to buy another USB cord for the computer for uploading fish pictures...It's been awhile you say?!!
2.) I swung by Hiwassee Anglers to buy leader, a few tippet spools, and a few flies. The guy that rung me up, asked if I was from NC, I said yes sir, visiting family here in TN for the Summer. He replied "I read your blog while I'm here at work." I thought the rainbow I caught earlier made my day up until now....I told him, "well, I've had the blog since September". Over the past few months, I've had a few people stop me and ask if I am "Tar Heel Fly Fishing". There was a couple of folks at Troutfest that asked if I was from NC and if I had a blog called Tar Heel Fly Fishing. It's mind boggling how many people I'm reaching through Blogger. I have a feeling THFF will be around for a long time. Every time I look at the latest Feedjit data, I notice the same people, or people from the same town coming back frequently (sometimes daily) to see what mayhem arises on my fishing trips. I enjoy receiving feedback from readers. It's a sure way of connecting with my readers and noticing any problems or suggestions. So, any comments, questions, suggestions, rants or reports feel free to share.
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