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    Another fabulous Memorial Day week trip to WNC to camp and fish. New personal best trout of any kind...and a NC trophy...wild brown on an orange egg. Can't wait until next year!
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    Beautiful Brown! In what area do you stay?

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    We camp in the Cheoah/Nantahala area. We fish Santeetlah, Snowbird, Slickrock, Nantahala, Tuckaseegee, Little Tennessee, and occasionally over to Cherokee or one of the Smokies streams. We go til we no longer have cell service.
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    Nice catch !

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    beautiful fish... creek looks like a nice place to fish to (never fished mountain creeks). Do you fish from shore, or wade? I noticed your wearing jeans.
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    Wet wading this trip. Some waders when it was raining. Lot more water this year than last in the creeks, from all the rains. It was pushing!
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    a real beauty... potential blog award if you ask me!
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    I kept 1 rainbow to eat for breakfast one morning. All other fish I released, although a couple members of our party kept a few.
    In the picture of the stream (wild section of Big Snowbird), you can barely make out my wife's hat over the rhododendrons on lower left. She has her stealthy stalk on!
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    Santeetlah Creek was unharmed by 2016 fires, but the Joyce Kilmer area and Little Santeetlah recieved some fire damage...
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    Sign at Joyce Kilmer...
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    Wow, I didn't expect wild ones with size like that. Obviously, I know nothing of the WNC waters.
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    I've seen plenty really big wild ones over the years, usually swimming away to hide. I wade like a buffalo! Blind luck, me catching this one. But I'll take it!
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    Best part was I caught all trout on flies I tied. Took up tying flies in February, and since then I've only fly fished in the freshwater, and that with personally tied flies only. (My fishing buddy JPL got 2 full boxes of commercial flies).
    Green caddis pupae and Tellico's did the trick subsurface, with brown caddis imitations (EHC and stimulators) doing the surface duties. Had a lot of luck with skittering/streaking caddis deer hair flies skated across the surface of pools below good runs and riffles. Not a lot of mayflies around this year, but caddis were thick as thieves!
    Nothing quite like tying flies streamside...and then catching fish with them later the same day.
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    Gorgeous Brownie. That is some beautiful water too.

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    basswrangler called it right. congratulations on the BLOG award! Some great fish, pictures, and report.

    Nice fish Sekod, congratulations to you as well.

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