Our expectations were high today for a good trip, but they were dashed by the mid-morning arrival of heavy rain and thunderstorms that made the Little Pigeon River unfishable. I shared with Brad, Gerald and Brad’s eleven year old son Duke that we may be able to scratch out a few smallies on the French Broad River that for several reasons was also going to be difficult to fish today. With less than encouraging news from their guide they decided to give it a shot. I don’t blame them for trying. I would have done the same thing. It played out much like I thought it would with the group catching only three smallies. They were scheduled to fish with me for three days. Unfortunately, the Little Pigeon remained high and muddy for our trip on Wednesday so it was promptly canceled. The Little Pigeon recedes very quickly under most circumstances so the fishing conditions were likely to be vastly improved for their trip on Thursday. Included in this report is a picture of Gerald holding one of the few smallies they were able to tempt to bite on the French Broad.