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Great Smokies NP

PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:07 am
by jbenenson
I'm going to be in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the first week of May. Do any of you live there or visit frequently? I have read that a lot of the stream access places are closed due to road construction or the landslide. My online research about where to fish isn't too productive; there is nothing like first-hand knowledge. Thanks in advance for any help.

Re: Great Smokies NP

PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:26 pm
by CreationBear
I spend quite a bit of time in the GSMNP--I think most of the closures will affect the Tennessee side of the Park, Cades Cove in particular if Abrams Creek is on your to-do list. As for rock slides, they're still happening, but hopefully things will start to stabilize by then (although I'm not sure how work is progressing on the big slide on I-40 that's making travel a pain if you're coming from the South.)

Feel free to PM as your trip gets closer: a sinus infection postponed my introducing my new Ayu to my homewaters today, but I'll definitely have you some fishing reports soon. :)

Here are couple of links that will be helpful till then:

http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/pages/ ... report.htm

Re: Great Smokies NP

PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:32 pm
by jbenenson
Thank you! 8-)

Re: Great Smokies NP

PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:31 am
by narcodog
You can go here and ask your questions about the Park. http://www.southeastflyfishingforum.com you can also contact Little River Outfitters in Townsend, Tn.

Re: Great Smokies NP

PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:04 am
by rvrgzr
Get a hold of Jim Casada's book: Fly Fishing in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

Jim literally grew up fishing the park and has a stream-by-stream chapter set-up in the book. Well worth your time and $ to see what's available (depending on your physical condition and mind set). Go on Amazon, or if you want a signed copy, go to Jim's website:

http://www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com/

Re: Great Smokies NP

PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 7:42 am
by jbenenson
Thanks for all the help guys! I just ordered Jim Casada's book from his site (Amazon doesn't have it listed).

Re: Great Smokies NP

PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:09 pm
by trvsmcdowell
I really split the Park in half, North and South. 441 which cuts through the center and connects the two has been closed alot. Rock slides more recently and snow before. B/C it is the main vein it does get opened pretty quick, but you always want to check.

I spend most of my time on the southern side, but have been going to the north for work recently. If you are near Gatlinburg go to the NOC's new store.

http://www.nocsgreatoutpost.com/

It is suppose to open this weekend. I was over for a staff training a month ago and I can tell you it is the most beautiful Outdoor Store I have been in, and I have been in hundreds. I introduced their Assistant Manager to Tenkara and actually took him out with one of my spare rods. They will put you on good water.

I-40 is suppose to be open, but you never know when it will actually be done.

Re: Great Smokies NP

PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 7:16 am
by jbenenson
Again, thanks for the information. This thread has been very helpful to me. I hope that I can help others planning on fishing in northern New Mexico.

Re: Great Smokies NP

PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 7:04 am
by Yeltad
I just returned from fishing the Little River and West Prong of the Little Pigeon River with my new Iwana rod. The GSMNP is a great place for Tenkara rods because stealth is so important. I only caught one small rainbow on the Little River above Metcalf Bottoms. I had a lot more success on the West Prong of the LP off of hwy 441. I caught 7 small rainbows on a Quill Gordon dry in an hour. It was a lot of fun. I have heard there are specs(brook trout) above the Chimney Tops Picnic area off of 441. Another great resource besides Mr.Casada's book is http://www.flyfishingsmokymountains.com/