Event Report: Lyin’, Tyin’ and Fishin’ the Smith

On Friday May 16 we kicked off the event at the Bassett Cabin on the upper Smith River. If you have fished the section between Philpott Rd. and Philpott Dam, you have seen the 1926 log cabin on the south shore. Shane secured us the cabin for the weekend and we just had to do a quick cleaning and then respect the property during the event.  The weather was very favorable for the entire weekend. In fact it was darn cool at night! We awoke to 42 degrees Saturday morning and guys scrambled for jackets and a cup of hot coffee. There were a lot of conflicting events that kept some folks away, some of which were fly fishing related. But we had 10 members and quests who were there at various times who fished, socialized, tied, ate and/or spent the night. A good time was had by all and we connected a few faces to names.

Friday

They generated from 1 – 7pm, so a few us were determined to get set up in time to get a little fishing in before generation and then fish on the falling water and falling light afterward. I got the skunk off the trip after 20 minutes just upstream of the cabin. Al went downstream and scored some, too. We had company for the later fishing and a few guys went upstream a piece, while the remainder fished the water right in front of the cabin. No big hatches, but some bugs were coming off and the fish were eager. Paul saluted everyone upon their arrival, then some ganged up on pizza, some ate on their own. A roaring fire and conversation ended the day.

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Saturday

Up and at ’em! There was some slow movement as quite a few adult beverages were downed Friday night. Paul got the coffee going, Shane shuffled in from his hammock to get some bacon and eggs cooking, and we tied for a couple of hours and talked strategies. We split up and most folks fished as a team. Everyone did OK to great, depending on the location (and expectations!). Hendricksons and Light Cahills popped off all day. The nymphs/emergers took the most fish though. The evening sulphur hatch was OK, not epic. Shane and Al fetched a BBQ dinner for everyone and there was much burping around the fire.

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Sunday

An even slower morning! Coffee and bacon got everyone moving. Some guys broke camp early to head home. Others packed up to fish some more before they hit the road. I tied for a while to have THE right flies for the day and evening. I did not get to fish into the night on Saturday and I was amped up about tonight. Guys trickled out, Shane and I tidied up and locked up and we headed out, too. Unfortunately, he broke his rod tip and his day was done. Not a happy dude. I fished for a few hours and was having my best day on the Smith in, well, maybe ever! But, I hiked out to get some grub and a beer. Scott and Paul showed up as planned and we headed back down to stake out our spots for the hoped for sulphur hatch. It started popping off and then it would stop. The fish were a little harder to key in on than earlier. I worked my way upstream to those two and the bugs really started to blow up then. Really impressive. sight. Scott and Paul had a huge cloud coming off by them. They were probably eating them, too! And then darkness sunk in and the action started to ebb. And I was tired! We eased on home.

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Good times. Sorry a lot of you missed it. Remember, we have two chances to fish together coming up in June. Posts are up on both, don’t miss all the fun!

Doug

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