Here in East TN we are still getting mixed weather conditions. This time last year we were in t-shirts and fishing the middle of the Quill Gordon hatch. This year has been a little spotty with warm days followed by freezing weather and back to warm days. The Bugs have started a little and the fish are eating them, but we aren’t seeing the drawn out hatches through the day, just spurts in the afternoon. We take advantage of the nice weather when we can in February.
This time of year it’s hard not to be excited about the Smoky Mountains. We have over-sized bugs slapping their winged on the surface and “ringing the dinner bell” for the trout. The wildflowers are starting to come out and the wildlife likes to come around while we fish.
Doug and Laura couldn’t wait any longer and had to get out and do some fishing. The day wasn’t what you would called ideal with cloud cover all day and a slightly cold breeze, but they hung in there and weren’t going to let the fish get the best of them. Laura was the first to hook up with a fish and she earned it, lobbing heavy nymphs with a lot of slit shot is not easy.
You can’t tell by the expression on her face, but she was pretty excited about the fish. A very nice rainbow and her first fish from the Smokies.
Even though the sun decided to stay in bed all day we did get a short hatch of Quill Gordons and Blue Quills around 1:00pm and the fish were loving it. Doug and I watched as a Quill Gordon had just gotten off the water and a small rainbow jumped up (and succeeded) to grab the fly. As we focused upstream we noticed a larger brown was feeding on the adults, so Doug drifted the fly over him when all of a sudden……….SPLASH!
Not the fish we were after but we will take these any day.
Like most couples competition is always there and nobody can deny the fact and that was the case for Doug and Laura. A little friendly competition is ok, it keeps things interesting. Even though Laura had the big fish of the day Doug also caught his first on a dry fly which is equally cool. If you ask me I would call it a tie.
After a while, hunger set in and we decided to take a break….. by the river of course.
All in all the weather wasn’t what we had hoped for but we still caught fish and you couldn’t ask for better company on the water. So, congratulations guys on a job well done.
We are supposed to have a couple more days of decent/warmer weather and then it is going to drop into the freezing temps again. Gotta love the randomness of East TN weather. It keeps you on your toes. Take care and have a great day.