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: 5/31/2016 Smokies Fly Fishing Report -- Current Hatches: Blue-winged Olives, Sulfurs, Light Cahills, Pale Evening Duns, March Browns, Isonychias (Slate Drake), Little Yellow and Little Green Stoneflies, Giant Black Stoneflies, Golden Stoneflies, Tan and Cinnamon Caddis, inch worms, beetles, and ants. The recent hot dry weather has resulted in falling water levels but fishing is still good. Early and late is the best time to fish now with terrestrials becoming more important as a component of the trout's diet. Both dry flies and nymphs are catching a lot of fish now. If you need to learn how to fish these streams, a guided trip with me can help you accomplish that!
Caney Fork Fly Fishing Report: The Caney Fork is fishing excellent right now. Good for both numbers and a chance at some larger fish. Flows allow for both float or wade trips. Midge fishing is good to great but don't forget your nymphs and terrestrials either. 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: Fishing is anywhere from good to slow depending on the day and your casting ability. Long casts, long drifts, small flies. Watch for sulfurs and be prepared with nymph, emerger, and dun imitations if the fish are noticing them. 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: Fishing well with some nice fish being caught. The famed caddis hatch is on along with Sulfurs, midges, and craneflies. Caddis pupa and midge larva and pupa patterns are producing the best but don't forget your dry flies either.
Cumberland Plateau Fishing Report: Smallmouth are coming on strong now and wade fishing the creeks and streams for smallmouth and various sunfish will only get better from here on out. Some good fish are being caught on topwater and that will continue for the rest of the summer except during high water episodes.