6/6/13

Humid solitude

Today I had the opportunity to visit some sacred water that I haven't been to in some time. These places you don't kiss and tell about so I am not going to speak much of it or its location. Many small bows today and the usual chub or two. The water was much faster today and everything was hitting drifting nymphs. Tried some dries but no joy there today.
The humidity was extremely high but it always has been here during this time of year. You could cut it with a knife. I covered about three miles today, that's three miles of rock hopping, crawling through the laurels and over the downed trees. Being the only one up this far today I felt it worth every drop off sweat. Enjoyed my bounty of Latakia today which works excellent at keeping the bugs away. Pipe of choice today was a 60's era Tom Howard. Rod an Orvis 3wt complimented with an Orvis CFO 1 loaded with Rio selective trout.
Got rained on a little so the pictures are few however I think you'll enjoy them. As always thanks for stopping by as I airways look forward to hearing from each of you... Cheers, JD.

PS.. I do think I'm ready for some new wading boots.. Ha!





One tired old dog





My Simms G4z's have had it! Pass the Goo please.





5/26/13

Fly fishing the Troposphere!

Well, maybe not that high but I am a fisherman and I do enjoy a tall tale or two.

Me and the babe took a couple days out and about in the higher elevations to enjoy some fly fishing this memorial day holiday. What great weather we had, never seen anything over 68 degrees above 3,000 ft. Our base camp was the Black Mountain campground right on the south toe. We found ourselves fishing the upper headwaters where the water was cool, clear and the fish are smart. Stealth required here, stay out of the water best you can and stay low. Late in the evening I noticed the fish were sipping on midges so I decided to toss an elk hair caddis with a midge dropper. It was the ticket and I was fortunate to catch a few nice wild Bows.The stream was beautiful as you will see. Plunge pools, small runs and plenty of rock hopping. This place is on the "A" list and on my next visit I want to work further up and then over to a smaller stream just west of the toe.

On a break we decided to visit the top of Mt. Mitchell which was just above camp. To be on the highest peak east of the Mississippi is exhilarating, educational and refreshing. I highly encourage anyone passing through to take some time out to visit. Lunch was served to us at the Mt. Mitchell restaurant, I went for a simple club sandwich and Leasa enjoyed a nice chef salad. The views from the restaurant are breathtaking and created a one of a kind atmosphere. We both enjoyed the meal and just taking in the view.

Base camp was great as Leasa had all the trimmings for a great meal to include corn on the cob roasted on the fire! A good friend of mine and fellow fly fisherman took time to come visit us at the camp site to enjoy some great conversation alongside the campfire.

If your a hiker, you will enjoy this area also as this is a trail mecca. Thanks for stopping by and coming along with us on our little journey. I hope you enjoy the views as much as we did... thanks! JD.




I was waiting for this house to smile :)



Pig on a stick!





Can't leave without a tree fish!

The CFO I performed exceptional loaded with 3wt Rio.

Little treasures