With all this rain we've had in the southeast over the past several weeks, my local flow had finally cleared enough that I could actually wade and see if the smallies were hitting topwater yet. I stopped and fished a couple of hours after changing into my wading pants and a t-shirt at the office last evening.
Still catching a lot of small males, but the fish seem healthy and ready to take a popper. The redbreast sunnies are in full spawning colors also, and can't resist a smaller offering fished in the slow water. Nothing like a couple of warm sunny days to get them and me back in a good mood after a week of rain, rain and more rain! Were out of the drought here in East TN now.
I was using a 1970 vintage Silaflex fiberglass 6wt and some of my foam poppers for the smallies.
I think redbreast are as pretty as any appalachian brook trout. next time I'll have a little 3wt !