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  • Double Digit Smith Creek! 3/7/18

    Hey guys, Lumis back at it with... another Smith Creek Report. More exciting than the last though.

    So first of all, you may be wondering why I keep hitting Smith Creek?
    Well, the biggest reason being that it's super easy to fish. I'm a fly fishing beginner and I enjoy nymphing (because it's easy and reminds me of the good old powerbait days). Smith Creek nymphing is just so easy, especially in the deeper holes, where the indicator is very easy to observe.

    I'm gonna start off by posting an album of pictures. Manually posting one by one takes ages.
    https://imgur.com/a/jaxTF

    Day starts off at 5:15 am. Wake up, put on layers and layers of clothing. Get all my equipment and head out. Make the pleasant drive (I enjoy driving on roadtrips, though I don't enjoy driving back home) north to Helen. Hit unicoi lodge, pick up my parking pass, and drive to the parking area.

    Someone is there before me today. Interesting. Find him at the hole near the bridge. I've met him before. He spin fishes smiths pretty often and uses rubber worms to catch trout.

    I should mention that it's in the mid thirties when I get out there. Scattered snow flakes are falling around me. I don't have gloves. I go to one of the many spots I've been wanting to try and get a fish quite quick. A rainbow. Snap a picture, next. I catch another 5 rainbows.

    At this point, my hands are practically frozen. I can't feel them. I can't tie a knot. I decide I want to get another cast in. Casting again was a good idea. I catch my first ever brook trout. After this, my hands are so cold im mindlessly yelling like a crazy person. There was a lot of pain involved. So I said screw it and make my way back over to my car. I couldn't even press the unlock button on my keys and had to dig my nail into it. Still in my waders I drive to Unicoi Outfitters.

    I walk into the store, say hi, and immediately ask if they half gloves for sale. Jim says yes. He shows me the selection, it's 50% off. I get a comforable pair of simms gloves. I also buy some thingamabobbers and head out. When I arrive, there's only one more car there than when I left. Place is deserted.

    Catch me another fish and meet a DNR guy and his big ol' truck. I'll let you figure out what he was doing. I decided I'd head far downstream. I want to catch a brown and complete my trout trio. It didn't happen. I tried fishing a hole where I've seen people catch browns in the past, but I kept missing all of my sets. Only landed another rainbow.

    Decided to head back upstream, to check out DNR mans work. See the spin fisherman stilll there. Ask him how many he caught. 43. Alrighty, I guess I should start taking advantage of DNR mans visit. Spin fisher says I can have his hole. Awesome. I thank him and get to work. Catch 4. Including that big brook.

    An older gentlemen decides he wants to teach me to fish with woolly buggers. He's catching stockers left and right. I give it a try. Tie two buggers like he asks. Absolutely zero luck. They're not chasing my buggers. I spend an hour catching nothing and when he finally leaves, I switch back to an egg and squirmy. Immediately catch another 4 including that large rainbow at the end of the gallery. I get my line tangled hardcore and see a guy looking at my pool. I tell him what I'm using and let him fish it while I rig up. He doesn't seem to be having any luck. I go back in and catch my final four. A TOTAL OF 20. Had the DNR not stopped by today, I would have still most likely hit double digits. This is where I'm happy and decide to pack it up. I reach over to my red squirmy to give it to the guy, but it came apart. And I have no more reds. Decided to give him a brown and left. My back hurt like hell at this point.

    My phone died about 2 hours before I left. It was at 40%..... uhm. So I couldn't take picture of my last few fish. I stop at unicoi to get some patches for my waders. They might be leaking. Not sure.

    Get home at 7 pm. Haven't eaten all day. The end.
    I actually fell asleep writing this last night, so after a much needed 12 hours of sleep, I got back to it.

    It was a good trip. Biggest problem I had (again) was keeping the fish on after setting. I lost A LOT of fish that I had on for a few seconds before they came off. LDR doesn't make me happy. Another problem that I had involved my leader. Every time I dragged in a fish, if my leader knot got all the way to the rings on my rod, the knots would get stuck there and stop me from reeling in further. Which shouldn't happen obviously. My leader is on correctly, so I don't know how to fix that. I got tangled up less than the past few times but still had some very annoying tangles.
    Last edited by Lumis; 03-08-18, 05:18 PM.

  • #2
    Take what you learn on the small stream and apply it to larger water. Instead of this huge wide stream, think of it as 15 small streams. You'll find yourself targeting better water than just wading and waving a stick.

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    • #3
      Killing it, buddy.
      -skunked

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      • #4
        Originally posted by huntfish View Post
        Take what you learn on the small stream and apply it to larger water. Instead of this huge wide stream, think of it as 15 small streams. You'll find yourself targeting better water than just wading and waving a stick.
        Yes, I've been told that. I plan to try big water soon.. I got a nice report coming in on saturday.
        Originally posted by I_got_skunked View Post
        Killing it, buddy.
        Thanks!

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        • #5
          Great report!
          "Why me Lord what have I ever done to deserve even one of the pleasures I've known" - Kris Kristofferson

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          • #6
            Gonna call you the Smith Creek Guru......get it dialed in and stay after it. And like Huntfish said, look at big water like the Hooch as several small streams side by side. Most people cast over good runs and holes fishing too far away.
            BE DIFFERENT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE! <

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            Then burn the entire ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the LORD. God loves BBQ!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by HILLIS LANIER View Post
              Great report!
              Thanks!
              Originally posted by fishnpreacher View Post
              Gonna call you the Smith Creek Guru......get it dialed in and stay after it. And like Huntfish said, look at big water like the Hooch as several small streams side by side. Most people cast over good runs and holes fishing too far away.
              No guru.. just yet. I think I just got lucky with my fly choices.

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              • #8
                Great job! The fly line to leader connection will get caught up on the guides. So ideally when you are fighting a fish and stripping in your line you wanna try and keep your leader outside your rod tip.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by WesMac View Post
                  Great job! The fly line to leader connection will get caught up on the guides. So ideally when you are fighting a fish and stripping in your line you wanna try and keep your leader outside your rod tip.
                  What if I cant get the fish close enough and need to bring in more line?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Lumis View Post
                    What if I cant get the fish close enough and need to bring in more line?
                    It's called angling buddy, do it. Use angles to get him into the net. You gotta develop a sweet move for it

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jakkbauer View Post
                      It's called angling buddy, do it. Use angles to get him into the net. You gotta develop a sweet move for it
                      I've definitely been trying but it can get challenging. I have a habit of losing control of the angle and suddenly the fish is going in some direction I don't want it and the line is limp.

                      Guess it just takes practice.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Lumis View Post
                        I've definitely been trying but it can get challenging. I have a habit of losing control of the angle and suddenly the fish is going in some direction I don't want it and the line is limp.

                        Guess it just takes practice.
                        It takes practice to learn which angles are acceptable to switch to depending on where you're at. Never forget about side pressure and learn to feel out that proper moment to switch angles from your position. These are the sweet moves I spoke of.

                        Quick question, what kind of net are you rocking? If it's a short handle you can really up your game by simply getting a longer handle.

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                        • #13
                          Totally awesome, dude. Great pics. Thanks for the write up too.

                          What kind of leader-to-fly-line connection are you using, knot or loop-to-loop?
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Trouter23 View Post
                            Totally awesome, dude. Great pics. Thanks for the write up too.

                            What kind of leader-to-fly-line connection are you using, knot or loop-to-loop?

                            Basically like this, but the fly line has one of those welded loops so i simply loop the leader through.
                            The little knot on the red line (in the picture above) is usually what causes some problems.

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                            • #15
                              Try dabbing some UV Knot Sense or AquaSeal on the knot to help smooth it out so that it doesn't get caught on the guides. And congrats on your first brookie!
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