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 Post subject: Re: E Tenn Wakes Up
PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:59 am 
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Excellent fish, JT. It does look like a full 16-18". I always tend to undersize fish so that nobody can call me a liar. :)


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 Post subject: Re: E Tenn Wakes Up
PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:15 pm 
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That bad boy must have come upstream from the Watauga. A nice fish, where ever it came from!


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 Post subject: Re: E Tenn Wakes Up
PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:52 pm 
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I'll never forget the time JT, Backwoods Joe, and I were fishing the Stoney. We were in a spot where you could pretty much jump across the stream when Joe hooked up with his little 3-weight rod. It was a deceptively deep pool. Joe played that fish for a long time -- his rod was bent double -- he had a real tussle on his hands. JT and I were both standing there with cameras ready and talking about the hawg Joe had on. We saw it close and it was a very large fish. He brought it to hand and we all went "Jeeze!", we both started to take pics, and the 18+ inch brown did a huge thrash, broke off the dry fly, shot out of Joe's hand, and disappeared into the pool. All we got were pictures of Joe standing in the stream looking bemused.
What else can you do but laugh?


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 Post subject: Re: E Tenn Wakes Up
PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:08 pm 
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Paul,

Stoney has some damn good Browns in it. Actually up to 30 inches. I have never hooked one in the 30 " range,but I know a couple guys who have.
Bout 6 years ago a friend from Charleston was fishing with me during late March and took a 24 inch rainbow that certainly came up from the Watauga to spawn.
This big rain that we are having now will certainly bring some big bows out of the Watauga into Stoney to spawn
I have seen Bows here during March and April that would approach 27-28 inches. 6 to 8 pounds

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 Post subject: Re: E Tenn Wakes Up
PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:10 pm 
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JT, if that had been a 'bow, that's exactly what I would have thought. They will go as far upstream as they can to spawn. That'll put some pretty big fish in some pretty skinny water. The browns may not be spawning, but it may be they are following the 'bows upstream to feast on caviar. I know that's why the rainbows and Dolly Varden in Alaska follow the salmon.

Of course, the lower Stony can support some larger fish. I've just never gotten into them.


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 Post subject: Re: E Tenn Wakes Up
PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:49 pm 
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There is a 2 foot waterfall in the center range of Stoney that they cannot get up unless there has been some rain.
I looked at it today and there is plenty of water for the fish to ascend the falls. Of course,we just had to get 2-3 inches of snow last night and the mountains are white :x . Don't know how much that Shady got, but we are going to have snow melt water for the next 3-4 days
Annoying for sure since the dry fly bite was beginning about a week ago.

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