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BlueRaiderFan
03-06-2008, 03:32 PM
O.k....Here's the situation:

My Broght-in-Law, and I, my wife and my sister and maybe my 17 year old nephew are all going hiking/fishing for a day. What's a good trip that will take us on an easy trail, give us a good view and/or good fishing in decent water? We can by pass the view if we need to. Most of us are in poor to average shape lol. I'm thinking of something on the Tennessee side, but I'm open to the NC side as well as long as I don't have to drive over 2 hours. Thanks in advance!

BRF

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BlueRaiderFan
03-06-2008, 03:33 PM
Also, I will be staying in Townsend so I'll start my drive from there.

buzzmcmanus
03-06-2008, 05:22 PM
Little River at Elkmont

ajh10567
03-06-2008, 05:42 PM
My vote would be Abrams even though the drive through cades cove can kind of be a pain at times.

BlueRaiderFan
03-06-2008, 05:42 PM
buzzmcmanus,

Thanks!

BRF

BlueRaiderFan
03-06-2008, 05:43 PM
My vote would be Abrams even though the drive through cades cove can kind of be a pain at times.


I guess we could do the short loop (1/4 mile up the trail) and meet the women folk back at the car about an hour and a half later? Is that about right?

Gerry Romer
03-06-2008, 06:14 PM
Getting to Abrams is the bigger problem. It seems you can never allow enough time to get from the picnic area to the trailhead parking lot because of all the sightseers.

I second the Elkmont recommendation. It's quite an experience. For something a bit more physically demanding, try the West Prong of the Little Pigeon just above Sugarlands, or anything up to the Chimneys trailhead and Road Prong... great visuals, limited hiking and fantastic fishing at the right time of the year.

Gerry

TroutDude
03-06-2008, 06:41 PM
It would be a heck of a drive but I'd vote for Deep Creek in NC.

sammcdonald
03-06-2008, 08:06 PM
middle prong

BlueRaiderFan
03-06-2008, 09:24 PM
Guys,

Thanks for all of the info. I'm going to pick two, maybe three and try them out!

BRF

Gerry Romer
03-07-2008, 11:34 AM
You didn't say when you were planning this trip. You might want to consider Lynn Camp Prong at the top of the Middle Prong. Easy trail, interesting history with some hidden surprises, a few pretty nice waterfalls and some really nice Brookie water. Depending on your interests and intents, you may want to: 1) participate in the harvest schedule, or 2) avoid it altogether.

Gerry

BlueRaiderFan
03-07-2008, 01:36 PM
Well, my wife and sister will be interested in the Harvest Festival, but the guys are interested in Trout. We will probably do both. I was just trying to find some nice day hikes that would include a little Trout fishing. I'm not really a brookie fan, but wouldn't mind catching a few. I really want to bag a nice 15 inch brown, but I won't be upseet if I don't. I'm guessing middle prong of the little river would be best for that, from what I've read on here...That or Abram's.

BlueRaiderFan
03-07-2008, 01:47 PM
Oh...The time...I'll be in townsend on Thursday night and fishing on Friday morning. Travelling from Nashville (Thank God I get a week out of this great big festering neon distraction of stinch, filth, crackheads and gang bangers lol).

PeteCz
03-07-2008, 03:24 PM
Your best bet for a large brown will be in the Little River, probably above Metcalf Bottoms. But there is a reason that these wild browns grow above 10-12"...they're very elusive. 15"+ Browns do exist and are caught from time to time, but usually by folks that have been stalking them for awhile. If you are coming to try and catch a big brown, you might be disappointed.

On the other hand, if you fish on the LR above Elkmont, or as Gerry suggested on Lynn Camp Prong, you can combine a nice (not too strenuous) hike with some really good wild trout fishing (smaller but more plentiful and feistier than large stockers).

If you want a more strenuous hike and fish expedition, you could travel up the Chimney Tops trail to the 3rd or 4th bridge and fish Road Prong and let the women-folk hike up to the top of the Chimney Tops. It'll be more work, but the effort could pay greater dividends, for both groups (Brookies and better views), depending on the time of year you are heading over...

BlueRaiderFan
03-07-2008, 04:59 PM
Thanks for the info. I will be truly lucky to get a big brown, but that's what I'm shoting for. I'm going to print this thread and go over it with the wife. Thaks again.

BRF