I'm not sure whether to feel flattered or not, but when a photographer recently wanted to take my picture fishing, I figured it couldn't hurt and if photographing me broke his camera, well that would be his fault. I've experienced photographers before, such as over on the Taylor, and figured it wouldn't be all bad. It all began a week and a half ago on Friday afternoon when I headed over to fish Boulder Creek for an hour or so.
Upon arriving at the parking area, I got out of my car and started rigging up to fish. A photographer from the Daily Camera approached me and made the rather astute observation that I was about to do something "outside." Since his assignment was to take a picture of someone doing something "outside," would I be so kind as to allow him to take my picture? After getting my name, he left me to do my thing while following at a respectful distance.
Soon I was fishing away, nearly oblivious other than when I heard the camera clicking away. Soon I found myself on an ice shelf under a bridge where a nice brown came out to swirl on my streamer. Hoping to lure it back out again, I continued fishing and soon found myself photographed right into the newspaper. That's right, on Saturday morning there I was, front and center on the "Local" section, fishing away on the ice shelf.
I soon told the photographer I was heading downstream "a ways," and he graciously allowed that he had got all the pictures he needed and said his thanks and good bye. I enjoyed the next hour and ended up with four fish so it was not a bad trip!
UPDATE: 9/17/2015 -- Smokies Fly Fishing Report: Hatches are improving with this cooler weather. Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, Isonychia (Slate Drake) mayflies, Blue-winged Olives, Mahogany duns, Needle Stoneflies, Little Yellow Quills, and of course terrestrials are all on the water at times. Some caddis are showing up again in a few select areas and it won't be long until we see the big fall caddis starting up. Yesterday's guide trip was a success with both anglers catching the slam including one of the prettiest brook trout we've seen yet this year. The fall colors are definitely starting, at least on the fish!
Caney Fork Fly Fishing Report: The Caney Fork is fishing well this year. The streamer bite has been good high water. Low water fishing is good with the usual suspects like midges and favorite nymphs. 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 good when the water levels cooperate. Check flows before you go. Rain will raise water levels in a hurry on these streams. The terrestrial fishing continues to be excellent although going subsurface will at times provoke some larger fish. In my opinion, there is very little reason to throw anything other than topwater right now though. This won't be an option for too much longer once temperatures significantly start to cool and the autumn rains start so do this trip soon.
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