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Hikin' n Fishin' - First Brook Trout! (4/14)

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  • Hikin' n Fishin' - First Brook Trout! (4/14)

    I spent some time in the outdoors this weekend as I've always wanted to commit more of my hours to exploring the Benton Mackaye Trail. A beauty of a a nature walk, the BMT follows along and intersects with the AT in North Georgia for several miles, zigging and zagging before finally heading west out to the Cohuttas, sundered from its sire until they rejoin up in the Smokies. It is less well known (I believe) for the myriad angling opportunities along its course.

    Thankfully, I remembered this as I was packing up my 75L backpack for the weekend. Next to my tripod chair and water bottles I stashed a fly box and rod, exchanging the burden of extra gear for the hope of hooking up with a few fish.

    It was hot out there, and I don't mean the weather. I consider myself pretty inexperienced, often getting skunked on the hooch. I have better luck and more fun on small streams. This day reinforced that for me. Once we logged our miles for the day I found myself on the banks of a not so unknown trout stream and decided to rig up my gear. I quickly realized I forgot the reel to my 4wt! No worries, I just attached a leader to the tip top and called it tenkara diy. Tied on a caddis pattern with a little hare's ear on the dropper and it wasn't long before I got into some fish.

    Beautiful little rainbows all over, was able to get 1 or so out of each likely looking run. Before long I had about 10-12 hookups, bringing 5 total to hand.

    Another hiker told me about a waterfall on a different tributary about a mile's hike away, so I decided to check it out. Before Saturday I'd only caught one Brook Trout out west, and never in their native range. I knew that maybe I'd find some above the falls, away from the competitive pressure of the browns and bows. Hohboy, maybe today's the day.

    The water was stained and less clear on this small stream on the way up to the falls, and above them was no different. As I made it to the top and crossed the stream I bow and arrow casted to a small log. A dark shape moved, and my dry fly paused. Fish on! But he slipped the hook before I knew what happened and could get a good set. I scouted another hole, casted again, caught a tree. Lost my hare's ear but I still had the caddis. I gave it another go with just the dry into a slow moving murky looking hole just upstream. Wham and bam, this time I had him on the dry. What a beauty - colorful little guy.

    Snakes were out having a good time too!

    My shuttle was due to pick up, so I packed up. Elated, I made it down the hill in short order, enough time to scout another larger run at the confluence of a few streams.

    All in all, a wonderful day. What a resource we have in our North Georgia cold water streams.
    Last edited by DavyD; 04-16-18, 04:21 PM.

  • #2
    Tenkara DIY, very creative of you! Congrats on the brookie, sounds like an awesome hike.


    • #3
      Sounds like a great trip - I need to get out myself for something like that. The picture of the rat snake is really nice too.


      • #4
        Sounds like a perfect day.
        Gorgeous fish and wonderful looking snake.

        Great report.

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        • #5
          Great post. I love how you made do.
          Fly tying instagram @erikclymore


          • #6
            Great post but 75L for a weekend trip in the spring? My back hurts just thinking about that.


            • #7
              Originally posted by Tuort View Post
              Great post but 75L for a weekend trip in the spring? My back hurts just thinking about that.
              Ha! I don't even know why I mentioned that. It's the only backpack I have, so it was a little less than full. Extra room for all that fly tackle.


              • #8
                That is a beautiful of a brook trout! Well done my man. Ain't it fun?!


                • #9
                  Congrats on your first speck!