I'm not sure whether to feel flattered or not, but when a photographer recently wanted to take my picture fishing, I figured it couldn't hurt and if photographing me broke his camera, well that would be his fault. I've experienced photographers before, such as over on the Taylor, and figured it wouldn't be all bad. It all began a week and a half ago on Friday afternoon when I headed over to fish Boulder Creek for an hour or so.
Upon arriving at the parking area, I got out of my car and started rigging up to fish. A photographer from the Daily Camera approached me and made the rather astute observation that I was about to do something "outside." Since his assignment was to take a picture of someone doing something "outside," would I be so kind as to allow him to take my picture? After getting my name, he left me to do my thing while following at a respectful distance.
Soon I was fishing away, nearly oblivious other than when I heard the camera clicking away. Soon I found myself on an ice shelf under a bridge where a nice brown came out to swirl on my streamer. Hoping to lure it back out again, I continued fishing and soon found myself photographed right into the newspaper. That's right, on Saturday morning there I was, front and center on the "Local" section, fishing away on the ice shelf.
I soon told the photographer I was heading downstream "a ways," and he graciously allowed that he had got all the pictures he needed and said his thanks and good bye. I enjoyed the next hour and ended up with four fish so it was not a bad trip!
UPDATE: 7/11/2016 Smokies Fly Fishing Report -- Current Hatches: Blue-winged Olives, Isonychias (Slate Drake), Little Yellow Stoneflies, Golden Stoneflies, Tan and Cinnamon Caddis, inch worms, beetles, and ants. Hatches are sparse for the most part. We have reached that point in the summer where heading higher in elevation will increase your odds of success as will a good hike. Brook trout fishing is great now. High water days will be excellent in the lower elevations throwing nymphs or streamers. Recommended flies include, Prince Nymphs, Golden Stonefly nymphs, Yellow Stimulators, Green Weenies, Ants, and Black Foam Beetles. If you need to learn how to fish these streams and where to go, a guided trip with me can help you accomplish that!
Caney Fork Fly Fishing Report: Terrestrial season is upon us but we have been boating some large trout on nymphs and midges as well. Some high water this week will also offer the chance for some streamer fishing with very large trout and stripers always possible. Fishing will remain great if you know the river. The best way to enjoy this fishing is out of the drift boat which allows us to access some less pressured sections. Contact me about a float or wade trip if you want to enjoy this fishing at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com or call/text (931) 261-1884.
Clinch River Fishing Report: So far the sulfur hatch has not been anything to write home about. When there aren't a lot of bugs on the water, stick with small nymph, emerger, and midge patterns and you should catch some nice trout.
Holston River: Give this river a break on the trout sections until next winter.
Cumberland Plateau Fishing Report: Smallmouth bass fishing is excellent right now. The rain last week has left a good amount of water in the creeks and the fish are happy. Get on this sooner as opposed to later and be prepared for afternoon thunderstorms and rising water.