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Old 10-16-17, 03:26 PM   #11
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This was a STRONG trip report - thank you for sharing. Love the pics of the trout over the fire.

I too last fished the Conasauga before the fire, and had (for me) modest success there. The fish were very sensitive, but they were there and struck good presentations when I managed to approach without sticking my foot in the proverbial mop bucket. Haven't been back since, but a friend who has fished this place for years insists the Cohutta is probably three years away from 'normal' after the drought and the fire. He says the Jacks might be an even longer wait.

Have you ever done the snorkel hole at the other end of the wilderness?

I spent last week in GSMNP, fishing the Cataloochee area. If the Cohutta was four hours for you, Cataloochee is probably six - but I highly recommend Caldwell / Rough Fork / Palmer creeks as a troutpacking option if you enjoy the Conasauga.

Hope you're moving somewhere with good trout water!
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Old 10-16-17, 06:37 PM   #12
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I have not yet finished cataloochee, and yes it would be every bit of six hours.
I've mostly hit the Bryson City and Cherokee parts of the park. I love them even though I have not honestly done that well fishing in that area. I do not know where I will be going next but it's probably going to be South Korea hopefully followed by Japan, thanks for the kind words
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Old 10-17-17, 03:26 AM   #13
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You got me jealous all the way from the West Coast iso! Thanks for such a well documented adventure (even if it took some bruises to accomplish it). I know it's been on your list for a while to head back up to N.GA. Authentic ramen and some grilled trout has me salivating on my keyboard already

Also, thanks your service to the country! If you head to SK and Japan I appreciate it even more, things seem like they are heating up even more now (whether on Twitter or ICBM's) but there would be the chance of catching some cherry trout!
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Old 10-17-17, 11:22 AM   #14
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Awesome pictures and great report. Wish I could have joined! Sounds like the Cohutta is out to get you -aren't you 2/2 for injuries in that area?
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Old 10-17-17, 01:00 PM   #15
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Wonderful report! The cased caddis was my favorite, and I like how you throw a nice little gear review in. Victornox make some sweet knifes and don't get enough credit. Simple and efficient. Not really loving their Swiss armies lately though. My dad left me a bunch of butchering and fillet Victornox. Everyday use for 20+ years breaking down quarters, and they still slice through carcai like butter. The handles on these knifes are still like right outta the box, which I would've thought would have deteriorated by now.

I was tempted to make fun of the tenkara, then I looked up that rod and somehow it turned into a tenkara YouTube marathon watching stealthy Japanese dudes creep up on fish. Was pretty interesting watching the tactics. Now I kindoff want one. Figure if I start fishing Tenkara, it'll give me the right to make fun of it without offending anyone. "I have a tenkara so I can say that." Can't wait!
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