Rain. Temps in the 30s and low 40s. Camping. Not normally a recipe for good camping, some friends and I decided to battle the elements as we were all free this past weekend. We wanted to do a long hike in preparation for a trip to the Grand Canyon in another couple of weeks. Amazingly, despite the bleak forecast, the weather actually turned out very well. Friday night featured just some very light drizzle that quit once we set up camp. Saturday turned out to be partly cloudy which meant we had some great views once we got to the higher elevations.
For the most part the camera stayed in its case. The light was a little weak, and I knew that the pictures I stored in my mind were much better than anything my camera could accomplish. Our hike took us up the Anthony Creek Trail out of Cades Cove to the Bote Mountain Trail. Ascending up to the AT, we then took a right turn and headed west for three miles. In the process we took in views from Spence Field and Russell Field. Our route back down was the Russell Field Trail which connected to the Anthony Creek trail. Several hours and close to 15 miles later, we were back in camp, all a little sore, but everyone agreed that the hike was well worth it.
Sunday I planned to do a little fishing. The morning dawned overcast and stayed that way up until we headed out of the Cove. I was excited because the low light conditions increased the odds that some large browns would be out feeding. Sadly, as we drove back down Laurel Creek Road towards Little River, the clouds thinned and soon broke completely. The day turned out beautiful but not so good for fishing. I still managed some small rainbows and even got a 14 inch brown to come attempt to eat. Unfortunately I set the hook too early and missed out on pictures of the nice fish.
Hopefully I will be out fishing again soon, most likely on the Caney Fork this next weekend. This is the time of year to be fishing streamers as much as possible on the tailwaters and I'll probably try to do that some...with a little luck, the big guys might come out and play...
UPDATE: 10/6/2015 -- Smokies Fly Fishing Report: We are transitioning towards the beautiful fall colors. Rain last week helped tremendously with water levels, at least in the short term. Watch for large brown trout on the move as we approach the spawn. This is the time to find these fish out feeding as they fatten up for the spawn. Brook trout are sporting their best colors right now and the high elevation streams currently have the best fall colors if you want great scenery.
Caney Fork Fly Fishing Report: The Caney Fork is fishing well at times but only average during others. Look for cloudy/overcast days to be best at least for now. The high water streamer bite always gives a shot at some quality fish although nymphs and midges will catch the majority of your fish on low or falling water. Contact me about a float or wade trip if you want to get in on this great fishing at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com or call/text (931) 261-1884.
Cumberland Plateau Fishing Report: Smallmouth bass fishing is on its last legs for the year. We'll be breaking out the musky gear soon for the colder months. While temperatures hold steady, look for the bass to be on a feeding binge getting ready for colder weather. Get out now as this won't last long.
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