A Short Fishing Trip to Abrams Creek

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Since it looked like the last half way decent day I shoved away from the computer, grabbed the keys, and headed out the door. My waders, boots, bag of gear, and a couple of loaded fly rods live in the car so I didn’t have to waste any time gathering my stuff.

Charity was spending a girls afternoon with our daughter Willow. They took a short walk at Tremont and I couldn’t get any work done just thinking about being outside. I decided to head for Cades Cove and fish Abrams Creek. The loop road was almost deserted, a rare occasion and I made it to the Abrams Falls trailhead quicker than it usually takes to get to Elkmont, my usual stretch of water.

Deer graze in Cades Cove. It's always a pretty drive to a trout stream, but the drive to Abrams Creek is up there.

Deer graze in Cades Cove. It's always a pretty drive to a trout stream, but the drive to Abrams Creek is up there.

I got to the water around 1:00 and only fished for about an hour. There was just too many things to get done. I caught a couple in about 30 minutes and decided to look around little bit. I noticed right away that the beaver dam at the trailhead was missing. After a short hike I found another that was still in fine shape.

I fished a double nymph rig; #14 Pat’s Nymph on top, #16 Beadhead Pheasant Tail on bottom, and a micro shot in between. The first fish took the Pat’s Nymph and the second took the Pheasant Tail Nymph. Skies became more and more overcast and it started to snow as I left.

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The first fish of the day. Good enough for a cold day.

We’re looking at a cold blast on the way; highs in the 20’s and lows in the single digits. Glad I got out while the getting was good!

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