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marktronic
05-01-2008, 11:24 PM
Fished upper Hazel last weekend and caught lots of little rainbows and brookies. We hiked the 12 miles down from Clingman's Dome to 82 in about 8 1/2 hours. The 23 water crossings (only one bridge) in the last 5 miles kept things interesting.

I'll let the pictures tell the rest. (view slideshow here: http://s302.photobucket.com/albums/nn90/marktronic/?action=view&current=bbb778fb.pbw)

Parking lot at Clingman's

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Walker Creek footbridge on trail to cemetery

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Walker above cemetery

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Proctor and Hazel confluence just below old campsite 81. Hazel is on the right.

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Hazel Creek Yellow Sally

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Hugh Hartsell's Yellow Sally

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Hazel Rainbow...

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...Hazel Rainbow with Lemon

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mtnman2888
05-02-2008, 04:36 AM
Looks like lots of fun, plan on making that trip myself here in a few weeks. Glad to see that i'm not the only one crazy enough to come in from the dome..... Thanks for the report.

Craig

mtnman2888
05-05-2008, 06:46 AM
Did the stream crossings make it a slow go on the way down or was it so steeply downhill that it slowed you down? My camping partner and i had figured that we could do that hike in under 6 hours comfortably downhill. Great pics by the way, looks like y'all had a blast.

Craig

Jswitow
05-05-2008, 01:40 PM
Nice post! Sure does sound like a good time. Did you all hike back up to Clingman's,,,, no shuttle to Cable Cove or Fontana? If you all hiked back up, you are animals! Was this a weekend or a week? Sure looks like a good time.
Best,
John

marktronic
05-05-2008, 02:21 PM
It took 8 1/2 hours to hike down to 82 on Friday and only 7 1/2 hiking back out on Sunday. It was slow hiking down because our packs were heavy and the trails were steep. I guess you can go faster uphill on some trails. The water crossings slowed us more on the way down...we had already hiked about 8 miles before we hit the water, so our legs were a little wobbly. On Sunday our legs were fresh at the crossings. Plus, the temperature dropped to 42 degrees and it started raining on the way back up to Clingman's...no one wanted to take a break and "enjoy the scenery" in that weather.

I would love to go back and fish the stretch between the Cascades and Proctor Creek... but there is no "legal" place to camp up there ;)...

I added a link to a slideshow in the original post, check it out.

mtnman2888
05-06-2008, 06:38 AM
Yeah i checked out the slideshow those are some great pics, gives me some light at the end of the tunnel until i can get up there. Well i was really hoping that the hike down wasn't so steep it would slow us down but i guess it will be. You mentioned that the hike out took less time, how grueling was it? We are planning on walking up from the campsite to fish the cascades one day as that is an area that i really want to fish. Did you happen to fish walker or proctor? We are also planning to fish one of those as well.

Craig

marktronic
05-06-2008, 09:45 AM
Mtn Man...
Check your email later today...

Jswitow
05-06-2008, 12:41 PM
I looked at the slide show as well, very nice. Could do the hike to the Cascades, fish the area below them and then get back out in a day? Would that come in at about 5 miles each way? Do you think it looks like it would be real snakey in the summer on the way in? Like that outfit by the way. Is that an f series, not familiar with the blue writing.
Thanks,
John

marktronic
05-06-2008, 05:18 PM
My calculations show that it was about 6 miles to the Hazel Creek trailhead from the Clingman's Dome parking lot. Then the first 2 or so miles of the HC trail are switchbacks before you get to the Cascades. That would be a long day, 16 miles of hiking, not much time left for fishing...

The rod is the Murray Mountain Trout rod (http://www.murraysflyshop.com/Murray_Mountain_Trout_Fly_Rod.html). Scott makes the rods for Harry Murray.
It's become a favorite for upper sections of moutain streams.

James Buice
08-10-2008, 10:10 AM
Very cool pics and looks like a great trip. How's that Scott Fibertouch workin' for ya!

BlueRaiderFan
08-10-2008, 11:09 AM
Wow, that's a lot of hiking! I don't think I would make it:eek:

mtnman2888
08-10-2008, 04:18 PM
Mark,

If you get a chance, send me an email. We are doing this trip in a couple weeks and would like to ask a few questions. Thanks.

marktronic
08-21-2008, 06:02 AM
Craig, Check your email.

James Buice, I understand that you rep for Scott. Is the Murray Mountain Trout Rod a repackaged or modified Fibertouch? Murray says it's graphite and based off a G. It feels like graphite and nothing like my Diamondglass, however the serial number designation on the rod begins with the letter "F" not "G", which confused me.

mtnman2888
08-21-2008, 06:43 AM
Mark,

We're thinking of relocating our planned trip since the rainfall situation is so bad for that area of the park. It stinks but unless faye somehow makes another turn up this way to dump some rain we are probably looking at doing that.