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Smokies ‘09 Fall Trip

A great time was had on the Smokies trip!  Bob, Keith, Jeff and I spent a few days astream amid the gorgeous and rapidly changing Fall colors.  We were able to fish several area streams, large and small-including a really great stream just full of specks.  Bright wild fish were caught all throughout our time there, some nice ones-though nothing just huge.  But if you fish solely to catch large fish or large numbers of them, you’re missing the best part of it all in my opinion.  It reminds me of a quote by Rafael Sabatini: “Only those become weary of angling who bring nothing to it but the idea of catching fish.”.  Look closely at your surroundings while you’re out.  The beauty of the created world is truly astounding!  And carefully study each fish brought to hand and see it for the jewel it is. Then let it slip back into it’s element.  The GSMNP is a fantastic place to find great beauty in both fauna and flora.  Mile after mile of productive wild trout streams and wild places to explore and enjoy.  It’s a bit different than our local area-it’s more lush and fertile.  One of the guys commented on the many and varied bugs they had seen on the streams.  I think it’s safe to say everyone enjoyed their time there.  We’ll go back too, Lord willing.  In fact, there was already the beginnings of a plan for a Spring trip even before this one ended.  I’ll close with a few photos from the trip.  They’re OK, but they don’t begin to compare with seeing it firsthand.  Here’s to never growing weary of angling!
Scott
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