View Full Version : Little River report 4/12/08

04-14-2008, 12:59 PM
Let me tell you about my Saturday.

The day started off with a quick stop at Little River Outfitters to pick-up some flies for the day and to see how much rain the area received the night before. I bought some flies, a new fly box, as well as a pair of the Korkers Torrent Shoes. I was eager to begin my trip, so the stop was short and I was soon off to the trail head at Elkmont.


In the backpack, I had a jacket, lunch, and a bladder of Gatorade. The chest pack had 2 fly boxes, and my camera. The shoes, I had just dropped $100 on and wanted to throw them in the picture. Hereís a view from the trailhead at Elkmont.


04-14-2008, 12:59 PM
I stopped to tae a picture of the Little River, which I was going to fish, from the trailhead.


Another picture. I left my fly rod broke down in the pack because I wanted to hike in 3.5 miles before I start fishing and it is so hard to walk past perfectly good water to get to water I have never fished that might not be so good.


04-14-2008, 01:00 PM
You can almost see the trout rising in this pool.


Iíve got to get moving. Time to put the camera away for awhile. After going about 2.5 miles I came across this waterfall just before it flows into the Little River.


04-14-2008, 01:01 PM
A little further up I came to a bridge crossing the river.


I knew I had to be getting close to where I was wanting to drop down into the river and I saw a large live trap to the left of the trail. Bear, hog trap??? Instantly I heard a noise of something coming out of the thicket to the right. My heart jumped into my throat. Then this doe stepped out and joined me for a minute.


04-14-2008, 01:01 PM
Soon after passing her, I reached my destination. I had planned to start fishing where the bridge crossing is.


I switched out the soles on my new Korkers and rigged up the fly rod. My rod of choice for the day was a cheap Cabelas brand 7í6Ē 3-weight with a ďmade in ChinaĒ Pflueger reel (really need to get on ebay and get me an older one ). Fly choice: 16 parachute Adams. It ended up being the only fly I fished with all day.


04-14-2008, 01:02 PM
Hereís the first run I fished.


I hate fishing in waders so the choice not to pack them in was an easy one. After that first step into the water, I really wished I would have. I definitely wonít be wading in any deeper than my thighs today!!!

Fish on!!! And my feet and legs havenít even gone numb yet. Itís going to be a good day. I ended up catching lots of these.


04-14-2008, 01:02 PM
Iíve got miles of this to fish and no one in sight.


Then, I caught 1 of these.


04-14-2008, 01:03 PM
It was now noon and I was getting hungry, so I stopped for some shore lunch and to sit in the sun and warm-up.


Then maybe take some pictures of some flowers.


04-14-2008, 01:03 PM
Back to the fishing and catching more of these.


And, some like this.


04-14-2008, 01:04 PM
About 3:30 rolled around and I was getting sloppy with my wading, so it was time to head out. I came out of the river just above backcountry campsite 24. There were some backpackers there and you can see theyíve got their food up the bear cables.


I had such a good day I stopped to take some more pictures of flowers.



04-14-2008, 01:04 PM
Then as I was half way back, ran into another deer.


Here are some of the cabins left from the old Elkmont community.



04-14-2008, 01:05 PM
I had a great time fishing Saturday and it really got me back in the mood to do some fly fishing this year. My time is up, so Iíll leave you all with one last fish picture.


04-14-2008, 01:08 PM
Nice pictures!!

04-14-2008, 01:30 PM
great report.

04-14-2008, 01:50 PM
Sounds like you had a good time. Thanks for posting some pics. Good to see.

04-14-2008, 02:00 PM
GREAT REPORT!! That 2nd bridge is where I start most of the time myself. I made plans to fish Saturday all week and then it rained so hard Friday night that i figured all the rivers would be blown out and the fish put down. Instead i took the 2 year old and the wife to Dollywood. Your report, while good, makes me sick to my stomach:mad: .

04-14-2008, 02:19 PM
Great report. I love it when there are tons of pictures to go along with the report!

04-14-2008, 02:25 PM
Instead i took the 2 year old and the wife to Dollywood. Your report, while good, makes me sick to my stomach:mad: .

That's one of the better quotes I've seen in awhile...driving to, and spending time at Dollywood is enough to turn many folks stomachs...

Is the second bridge beyond the TH for Goshen Prong Trail?

04-14-2008, 02:50 PM
It is the bridge on Goshen Prong Trail. At least that is where I first started fishing.

Fishing or Dollywood? How does one decide which would be more fun? At least you were spending time with your 2 year old. I have worked about everyday for the past month and had been looking fowards to my little fishing trip all week. After all the rain we got Friday, I was worried about the stream conditions Saturday morning. They turned out to be alright.

tn scout
04-14-2008, 03:13 PM
thanks for the nice pics-

Rog 1
04-14-2008, 03:19 PM
That's the area where I learned to fly fish with my "kin" from Sevierville....when I first started it was only a 2.7 mile walk, then they opened it up all the way to the place where you started...that opened up a lot of the higher water on both sides....you could walk a couple of miles up Fish Camp Prong and fish Goshen almost to the Dome...next time you are up there try starting in where the trail leaves the river just before the little bridge and fish up to the foot bridge.....think you will like what you find....will be there in june ....hope there are still some of those jewels to be had...thanks for the report and the photos.

04-14-2008, 03:38 PM
Very informative and complete fishing report.

Looking at your photos and reading about your adventure felt like I was long for the fishing trip.


AK Skim

Brian Griffing
04-14-2008, 05:31 PM
Nice report. I liked the pictures and the description of the places will help on my next trip up there. Since you were nice enough to post pics of your Saturday, and since you and I had talked about turkey hunting earlier, I thought I would return the favor and post some pics from my Saturday. I know this isn't a hunting forum, but what the hey... Sometimes getting out in the woods is getting out in the woods. This is one of two gobblers that came in silent to about 20 yards together. Neither was the big boss, but nice mature birds.



04-14-2008, 06:50 PM
For those of us who usually fish vicariously, this was GREAT! I know it's alot of work, but it sure is appreciated!!

04-14-2008, 07:06 PM
Great report Buzz. I need to fish that area in the near future, nothing better than being able to catch nice browns, bows and possibly brookies if you get high enough.


04-14-2008, 07:15 PM
looks like there is finally a little bit of green starting to show up there. i like the photos...great report.

04-14-2008, 09:31 PM
That was an awsome report. I feel like I just came back from fishing after reading your post. Great job. I'll have to head to the park soon.

04-14-2008, 10:16 PM
Buzz------ What a great report!! I love the fact that you took the time to take the pictures and post them with the rest of us. I know there are a lot of us who appreciate it. Hopefully I can make it up that way one of these days.

Do you guys think it is an easy enough trail for someone to do on their own?
I'm in shape enough to hike in, but are there any concerns one should think about (other than bears)?
How long does it take you to hike into the footbridge?

Thanks for the help and the great post.

David Knapp
04-14-2008, 10:41 PM
Great report and pics! Thanks for sharing an awesome day on the water!

04-15-2008, 08:22 AM
Thanks for the kind words. This picture thing is new to me. I always carry a camera while bowhunting and take lots of pictures then. It's a whole lot easier to get a shot with a camera than a bow. However when I fish, I normally just throw a box of flies in my pocket and go. This winter i bought a chest pack just for carrying my camera. I put a clip on it and clip it to the wrist strap. When I want to take a picture I just get the camera out and don't worry about dropping it into the drink. Hopefully you'll be getting several more reports out of me this summer.

Brian, Your turkey pictures showed up as red "X"'s. I'll shoot you an email after I get back from my appointments this morning.

04-15-2008, 08:30 AM
Enjoyed that Buzz

Rog 1
04-15-2008, 08:33 AM
Jeep....the trail is actually a road bed up to the footbridge....very easy hike in...for the most part the road is right next to the river and all the water is tempting....from the trailhead above the campground it is 3.7 miles to the old parking turnaround....with picture taking, gawking and a few old man rest stops I can usally count on 25 minutes a mile....so I usually take less than 2 hours to get there....campsite 24 is another half mile up an actual trail....once you get to the footbridge you have to choose your water....LR to the left and Fish Camp Prong to the right....generally fishing here is like most places in the park....you are never very far from the trail so standard precautions.....enjoy.