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Tyler Legg
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Like planned yesterday, I ventured out to my all-time favorite blueline: IAin'tTellin' Creek. Chock full of smallish wild Southern Appalachian Specs, this stream is not necessarily untouched, but it is still in the wild; away from the "big city lights" of Etowah, TN, away from major roads; it's away from people and it's a great place to spend the afternoon (or day) relaxing and unwinding. I rigged up my 4wt 6' fly rod, took a small fly box full of small dries and a few Green Weenies with me. I set off into the jungle of Mountain Laurel and what can be an angler's worst nightmare, or best friend for the native fish, the rhododendron. In some places I had to "swim" through the tangle of these pesky shrubs. Throughout the short hike to the stream, I could here the mountain stream gurgling and rushing over stream rocks. Upon seeing the stream, I stopped and scouted for any liking looking hiding places for the fish. In short time, I located a likely looking pool. I positioned myself for a decent cast, while staying hidden behind a large boulder. The first cast of the day enticed a Spec to the surface, meeting my dry in a splashy outcome. I brought him close to my hand and while getting my camera out, he was gone. Perfect release in my book. I moved upstream to the next pool, where I caught several more. I managed to take a few pictures of a couple of fish, but instead of taking pictures of every single one, I sporadically took a picture throughout the day.


The gravel road leading up to the trailhead and the Cherohala Skyway.



The stream as seen a top an old bridge.


IAin'tTellin' Creek



The stream as seen below the old bridge

The trailhead


Bald River Falls (At the confluence of the Tellico River)





No fish were harmed and all were released. The one above darted off to his rock after I let him out of my hand.
Very enjoyable and productive day on the stream. Not once was I stung by africanized bees, yellow jackets, or bitten by a copperhead or rattlesnake. It was definitely a good day...

7 comments:

Fish Whisperer said...

Looks like a great fishing trip and awesome surroundings.
Tight lines

Chris Donato said...

The ole Greenie Weenie.....I am going to hit the D with it in a couple weeks. I will let you know how it turns out.

Thanks for sharing,

Chris

Tyler Legg said...

FW,

I was one of the best days on the water I've had in a while.

Chris,

The infanous Green Weenie kills on wild streams (and DH streams). I've tried it on the "D" and it works, but not very consistent.

Hope you manage to catch some nice 'uns on the Davidson. Water's looking pretty good over there.

Tyler

Chris Donato said...

Thanks Tyler...I will let you know. I think I will stay with the less educated fish on the D so my friend has a better shot at getting one.

Chris

Tyler Legg said...

I want to see Joe Humphreys or Bob Clouser on the Davidson. I think they would even struggle to catch the big ones out of the hatchery area. The Hatchery's TOUGH!!! Try one/several of the pullouts on 276. The fish don't get as much pressure as the Hatchery around here. They're still pretty smart, but not as bad as the fish at the hatchery.

Tyler

Russ said...

Have you really been stung by africanized killer bees down there? Something we don't experience up here in Indiana....

Tyler Legg said...

I had a few stingers left lodged in my face...Honey Bees aren't aggressive at all and they don't swarm like these guys did...I didn't stick around to see if they were killer bees or yellow jackets!!

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