Monday, December 31, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Additionally, I rigged my wife up with my Osprey Stratos 24 pack and it had an additional insulation layer for each of us, a backpacking cookset, safety and first aid gear, and some additional snacks. (estimated weight around 12 lbs) My son threw on his pack, and I strapped the baby girl to my back and away we went.
|Baby Sis enjoying her new ride|
The plan was to hike to Walker Sister's Cabin near Metcalf Bottoms, a roundtrip hike of 2.2 miles. The cabin itself was a one way in spur, that would the apex of the hiking trip. I thought a good little treat would be for me to fix everybody some hot chocolate once we arrived at the cabin for a peaceful little break. The scenery was nice, and the weather was splendid making for a beautiful hike.
I was not surprised to see other people on the trail, but I was to find a couple other families with kids on the trail. That was nice for our son to see other kids hiking with their families, and it added to his entertainment. It took a while for us to hike the 1.1 miles to the cabin because it was mostly uphill, although a mild gradient, due to my son making multiple stops to investigate multiple sights.
|Our Son sporting his backpack and Leki Hand-me-down|
Eventually, we did make it to the cabin and the kids enjoyed checking it out and listening to mommy talk about how people lived 100 years ago.
|Trey and his friend in the cabin|
|Oww Oww, look at that shirt...|
Eventually it was time to leave the cabin to try and make it back to the car before it got dark. Just before leaving though I could not pass up the opportunity to filter some fresh water from the onsite spring for the return hike. On the hike back our son started complaining that he was getting tired, but he had already walked about 1.5 miles. We found that if he was talking to mom while walking that he didn't not notice that he was tired, it was not until there was a break in the activity that he began to get tired. I almost think it was more of a boredom issue that a physically tiring event. I was quite proud that he managed to do the 2.2 miles on his own, and he is already asking when we can do another one. Additionally, the Kelty pack performed quite well considering it was a used purchase. I estimated that the total weight including the baby girl was around 28 lbs, and the shoulder straps, back panel, and hip belt were comfy throughout the hike. A downside is that it is bulky and heavy when empty, but it was quite sturdy and the baby girl never really complained during the entire hike.
Once we returned to the car, our son wanted to play "School" in the old schoolhouse. It was a fun day for all of us on this family hike, and I am anxiously awaiting the next adventure...
Until next time, God Bless.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
In late December I chose to take on a different kind of project for 2012. We bought a house in the fall, and I thought it would be cool to build our dining table. This project, which I will post more on later, played a key role in my lack of fishing this year. It was difficult for me to justify taking a day to fish when my family didn't have a table to eat at. Here is a photo of the finished project, but I will post later a detailed report on how the table progressed.
Friday, June 15, 2012
My buddy Scott just got a new 3 person toon and wanted to take it out. With low flow on the tailwaters, we figured some small lake action would be a good option. Also, we wanted to try somewhere different. So, we chose to head over the mountain to Chilhowee lake. It is an amazingly beautiful deep lake surrounded by tall uninhabited mountains. It took us a while to figure out exactly what they wanted and where they were concentrated, but eventually we got into some consistent action. Scott even caught his first fish on a popper. I think he enjoyed it, I just need to get him out on an area river for smallies now.
By the way, this is my first post using the Blogger app, so I hope it works.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
While driving in I saw somebody in about every other pull-off either gearing up or fishing. When I arrived at the trailhead I was surprised to find plenty of open spaces. So, it appears that most everybody was focusing their efforts roadside.
I was anxious to try out some new Patagonia gear, so I had a little more clothing on than was probably necessary. Thankfully, I elected to pack in my waders and put them on after walking a couple miles up the trail.
This is where things began to get interesting....
I found this nice little run and saw one small head poke out of the water, so I decided to give it a go.
I rigged up a #12 Quill Gordon and made my first cast to the middle rear portion of the run. My fly hadn't drifted more than 2 ft before BAM! I caught this little guy.
Keeping with Buzz's posting requirements I took his picture because I figured he would be the only fish of the day. What I didn't expect to happen was to catch 5 more fish on the next 5 consecutive casts.... I actually had a group of hikers see me land the second one, and they hung around to watch me land the next four fish. Eventually they started applauding every time I landed one. I have to say it was quite an experience.
The 5th fish in the 6 fish streak was this 12" beauty that ran me up and down this little run.
I believe this is the best rainbow I have landed on the TN side of the park.
I caught a few more, but eventually wore out this run before moving upstream in search of more water. This was when I met up with RKeeton from the message board and had a nice little chat while searching for more water. I ended up walking another 3/4 mile or so upstream with less than stellar results. I caught a couple more, but there was absolutely no surface activity going on. Thinking that I may have walked above the Quill Gordon hatch range, I walked back downstream and soon got back into the action.
Throughout the day, there were not large numbers of Gordons hatching. However, of all the ones I did see bouncing on the water, none got away free. I did see large numbers of brown stoneflies in a size 16, but had no reason to switch away from the Quill Gordon.
It was an absolutely beautiful day to be in the mountains and on the water. I would hate to speculate as to the quantity of fish landed today. However, a day like today causes one to completely lose track of numbers and just enjoy God's creation. I feel extremely blessed to have been able to enjoy such inspiring scenery and spectacular fishing.
Tight Lines and God Bless!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Don't Hesitate, Get One Now
Sleeve Length: Feels true to length
Chest Size: Feels true to size
Pros: Stylish, Windproof, Warm, Comfortable, Lightweight
Cons: Doesn't Breathe
Best Uses: Hiking and Camping, Cold Weather
Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
Was this a gift?: No
Durability is only concern as the material is ultra light weight and thin. But Patagonia quality leads me to believe this will not be an issue.
Fantastic pullover, and I highly recommend it!