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  • Writer's pictureRay Sugg

Good Day in Maggie Valley! 8/26/20

The Haywood County Schools network got hit with ransomware this week! Since all classes are currently online due to Covid-19, this effectively shut us down. We basically took snow days in August! I already had plans to fish after school today with Harald Eidsmo and Joe Ruiz, two guys I met at the Waynesville Recreation and Parks fly fishing expeditions. I decided to take a half day off and headed over around 1:00 to fish the stretch behind the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. The water has been unusually high all summer, and today was no exception.

The fish have not yet turned on to inch worms, but they hit my bead-head hare's ear like they were starving - I caught 35 in two-and-a-half hours! I guess you could say I had a double hat trick, because I caught all three species of stockers and wild rainbows and browns in Jonathan Creek, and before the day was done, specs in a tributary!

stocked brown trout
stocked rainbow trout
stocked brook trout
wild brown trout
wild rainbow trout

Harald owns property on a blue line tributary of Jonathan Creek, and he had invited me and Joe to fish it with him. I had fished this creek before near the mouth and caught wild rainbows, but I was excited about the prospects of catching specs farther upstream. I started out with a dry fly and caught a spec on the third cast!

Spec! (Southern Appalachian brook trout)
Maggie Valley blue line

I was sure Harald was going to catch one in this plunge pool, so I got a video!

Harald Eidsmo with a spec!

Joe Ruiz with the one that got away

Thanks again, guys - I really enjoyed it! I'm looking forward to doing it again in October.

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