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  • Sunday fishing in the Cohutta WMA

    I'm not sure this quite counts as "small streams", but I drove up to my favorite tributary of the Conasauga again on Sunday (it's my favorite in part because I only know one). I've never had a banner day up there, but Sunday was better than most. I hiked 11 miles and landed five or six 10-ish inch rainbows (and two chubs). Two were on a beadhead stonefly (nymphing with my little tenkara rod), the rest on a tan caddis (on my 2-weight). I had a few other bites, but I don't think any of them were much bigger.
    I'm trying to do better about 'keep em wet', which did cost me a couple of photos, but no big deal.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/2ZowtZQqc4tO57eQ2
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/MfKDIE4Mi7yEAZNv1 See ya!
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/6Ne6YDM1eND8gRMy2
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/s2lbNoNpuyzhaU3p1 This was the most frustrating hole: at least four feet deep and 25-30' across, but I couldn't get any interest on the caddis or nymph. I've even tried a streamer there on previous trips, still without any luck.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/a4dLZYoM5CA5yfcN2
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/tisGYAid7VvEik7i1
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/L2rgHZj9VCmkSX1A2
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/F0dwF0MyiGMPzdgw1
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/3usV8Gg3q6nj03gM2 A nice little waterfall I missed before.

  • #2
    Awesome pics! Man, I really want to get up there to explore the Cohutta!

    Thanks for posting.

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    • #3
      Awesome, I enjoyed the pictures. I was out there myself this weekend, spent the night Saturday next to the Connie. I did not catch any fish but had fun trying. One of these trips ill figure it out..

      Had three big coyotes come full sprint at me before they realized I was a human, they jumped the creek and took off. No coffee needed that morning.

      Hope you missed the yellow jackets, they were out this weekend.

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      • #4
        Beautiful photos, thank you for sharing!

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        • #5
          No coyotes

          b5fish, I didn't see any coyotes or yellowjackets (other than myself), but you did remind me of something I meant to include in the post:
          I saw a good number of tiny, black stoneflies, less than 1/2" long. Does anyone know what they are?

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          • #6
            Nice fish and photos

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MDHerron View Post
              b5fish, I didn't see any coyotes or yellowjackets (other than myself), but you did remind me of something I meant to include in the post:
              I saw a good number of tiny, black stoneflies, less than 1/2" long. Does anyone know what they are?
              @MDHerron, how do you drink your whiskey?
              #JBNavy

              "Everyday is a new life to a wise man."
              -Chinese Proverb

              “At sunrise everything is luminous but not clear.”
              -Norman Maclean

              "We are what we hunt."
              -PH

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              • #8
                Great report. Cohutta has been on my to-do list for 2 years

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                • #9
                  Really nice report.
                  Like everyone else that posted the idea of fishing in the "wilderness"/cohutta has been on my radar. Unfortunately, the reports are not that great: a few fish here, a few fish there. I realize that there is more to the wilderness than fishing and it still makes me yearn to get there. Thanks for the reminder. And great photos.

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                  • #10
                    Great pics, man. Pretty fish and pretty fall leaves. Good sized wilds too. Sounds like you had fun. Just getting out this time of year with this weather and the fall leaves is enough for me. The fish are a nice bonus, though.
                    I'm so old I remember when men wore tattoos and women wore earrings.
                    -Lefty Kreh

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by splatek16 View Post
                      Really nice report.
                      Like everyone else that posted the idea of fishing in the "wilderness"/cohutta has been on my radar. Unfortunately, the reports are not that great: a few fish here, a few fish there. I realize that there is more to the wilderness than fishing and it still makes me yearn to get there. Thanks for the reminder. And great photos.
                      When you fish in the Cohutta, it's more about the Cohutta than it is about fish - you can fish in there, and sometimes you even catch some, but the trout are diabolically sensitive and mostly you're there for the wilderness (largest contiguous wilderness east of the Mississippi). I've fished in there a bunch of times and still have no rhyme or reason to what works, when it works, or why.

                      Headed up there for two days in two weeks - cannot wait.

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