Copy/paste from local forum- buddy’s handle on there is Splatek16
Was texting with Splatek ~Weds last week, and he asked for some refreshers/pointers on camping with a kid, I told him it is always far easier if there is more than one kid, so they can play.
Turned out, I was actually able to slip away so that my kid could be that “other kid” to help keep his boy occupied.
Originally we planned on Deep Creek, since I was able to reserve one of the group sites.
Wound up doing Smokemont because there was tons of availability when we showed up, plus it’s Smokemont.
Wyatt and I left at 3am on the dot, Sat morning. 5hr drive from Montgomery AL… Were all packed the night before, and had the car loaded as well, so just had to get up, get dressed and hit the road.
FULL HOUSE! Was a superb breakfast, the 2 staff members were incredibly friendly and sociable, best WH experience ever (and I love WH, this is no joke).
no bites yet, but it felt great to be back on trout water.
After lunch, we decided to go higher up, do some hiking, and maybe get into some water that sees less campground chaos, just shadows of hikers instead.
IMG_20180421_161530 by Chris Lynch, on Flickr
This is along a quite popular trail that neither of us had done before, turned out to be a blast.
So I’ve been to the park like 6 times now… Have not been able to fish every time, and most of the times when I could, the weather was bad (frozen, or runoff from storms, always something). This was actually my first wild trout inside the park.
IMG_20180421_163216 by Chris Lynch, on Flickr
Nice healthy little bow, up high. I’m cool with that!
I hooked into two brookies, but both flopped free before I could land 'em.
This was my first native inside the park.
HAMMERED a dry. Splatek had prob caught like 50 in the 10 minutes we’d been at this spot by the time I had this one haha. He is the fish whisperer. We were both using same rod, same line (i think), both 6X tippet, but he may have been hopper-dropper’ing it, whereas I am always single fly.
Red-Cheeked salamander is like the mascot of the park. Only found there. My son has a stuffed animal of this guy, that he named Zucchini. He said this was Zucchini’s brother.
We came around a bend, and just HAD to stop and fish, it was an incredible layout on the stream. Again, just like the last spot, it was close enough that you could trip and fall off the trail and onto a brookie’s face if you weren’t careful.
IMG_20180421_175524 by Chris Lynch, on Flickr
This guy was right where you’d expect- far side of the bubbles under the overhang.
The next morning, we parted ways after breaking camp over breakfast. They stayed in the park for a little more hiking/fishing, Wyatt and I went to a spot nearby that we’d visited before.
IMG_20180422_105853 by Chris Lynch, on Flickr
I was quite pleased with this.
It was GREAT to finally meet Splatek, have the boys to occupy each other, exchange battle stories, fishing lies, and help teach each other some stuff. I hope he’s a little more comfortable now with tenkara than before, and camping in general as well. He and I have opposite fishing styles- I can’t read water to save my life, but can catch a fish that I see… If he sees the fish it’s all over lol.