This past weekend I guided Charles and Chuck from Florida on their first small creek trip. They have been fishing the bigger waters of NC and TN for the past 15 years, so this trip they really wanted to do some small creek’n for wild fish.
I met Charles and Chuck bright and early and we set out for the first creek which was no wider than a single lane road. Although it does hold some nice wild rainbows and the occasional stocker. The plan was to fish this creek for the morning, have lunch, and hit a larger creek in the afternoon. We only covered a few hundred yards of the first creek because the fishing was on fire. I lost count of the fish we caught, but some nice wild rainbows in the 12 inch range were brought to hand. We were fishing a dry dropper rig with 2 and 3 weight rods. The dropper seemed to be the ticket, with the occasional fish on top.
After lunch we fished a different drainage, which was much wider than the first. The water happens to feed a larger river that holds bigger fish. Fishing continued to be steady with a few nice fish in the mix, one of which was a 16 inch rainbow. As we moved up the creek, the fishing slowed a bit, which was unusual.
We worked our way into a nice hole, I instructed Chuck to make a cast over near an over hanging tree. No sooner than his cast hit the water a huge female rainbow came out of nowhere and slammed his dropper nymph. She didn’t even give it time to sink. It was on, and after a killer battle on a 3 wt, we were able to net her. She was to long for my small stream net, luckily Charles had a bigger net. After a couple photos we measured and released her. Good thing Chuck had his iPhone, as I had left my camera in the truck at lunch. She taped out just shy of 22 inches. Not that that matters because a fish of that caliber from a stream that small is something that doesn’t happen everyday. Chuck was stoked. We closed out the day catching few more fish. It was a great time.
If you are interested in a small stream wade trip, give me a call, 828-446-5552.