View Full Version : Bald River Falls Area

08-27-2009, 08:36 PM
Does anyone know about the fishing quality, access, walk-in distance and falls parking lot safety (i.e. vehicle vandilism/theft issues) when fishing up behind Bald River Falls (Gorge area). I scouted the area out yesterday and asked the US Forest Service Information Officer the same questions and really did not get any info. A few hikers told me that it was really good fishing up behind the falls. If you have any info on this request please let me know. Also - if you fished the area and had some success - What flies do the fish hit on? Forester from Crossville.

08-27-2009, 08:48 PM
Send me an email and we can discuss.


08-27-2009, 09:49 PM
I think your car/truck would be fine to park at the falls. As long as you don't leave it there at dark. There is a lot of traffic coming and going at the falls during the day.

08-28-2009, 08:13 AM
I've left my vehicle there overnight several times with no problems.

08-28-2009, 08:22 AM
I don't no whether I would be more worried with leaving my vehicle there or with how to get the war paint shiners to leave me alone.

08-28-2009, 09:11 AM
You may also consider going up to the campground area at Holly Flats. You can go downstream using the trail on the right side of the stream as you face downstream. About halfway between there and where the Bald River enters the Tellico River the Bald flattens out and you can fish upstream to your car. Been years since I've been there, so I can no longer comment on the quality of fishing on the Bald.

08-31-2009, 10:59 AM
I went to Holly Flats campground last Fri. with the intent to spend the night as I have before and fish the area.
There was a group of 6/8 guys there who looked okay but I could tell they were there to party...I don't think there would have been trouble,but there was only one of me,and it's way out in the boonies,so I left.
I'm not spooky and have dealt with some bad people and situations in the past,but sometimes it's best to go with your gut feeling and be safe.
Like I sad,the guys looked decent,but were hard to read.
Overall I feel the area is fairly safe to be out,but you always have to be aware.

08-31-2009, 11:12 AM
Better safe than sorry. Did you get to fish the Bald? If so, how was the fishing?

Scott H.
08-31-2009, 01:51 PM
Your car should be safe. That is a high traffic road where you park for the trailhead.
The fishing can be hit or miss. I have done real well at times, and other times not real well. That could be either blamed on the fish or the fisherman.

It is a nice little area though.

08-31-2009, 01:51 PM
I didn't fish the Bald,I was planning to early the next morning (Fri.),but leaving the campground changed my plans.
Thursday afternoon and Fri. morning it rained alot,and Sat. was overcast.I was wanting to fish a smaller creek and fished up Sycamore Creek close to the Hatchery....that's a nice creek,I didn't catch anything to brag about but had a few small rainbows that hit an Adams parachute.
My grandaddy always told me that after a big rain the fishing is slow because so much food washes down to the fish.
That goes for our creeks here where I live but don't know if that applies to the mountain trout streams.I would like to know more about that.

08-31-2009, 03:15 PM
Too bad you didn't get to stay at Holly Flats. I like the area a lot, but some interesting characters do come through there. Its even more sketchy down the road at campground #11.

The river at and above holly flats is a very nice stretch of water and doesn't get near the fishing pressure that the lower part of the river gets.

08-31-2009, 04:52 PM
Love the Holly Flats area. Just every once in a while you a rough neck or two that strolls through that you need to keep your eye on. Very remote area for sure.

Haven't camped back up there since my little girls were born. Have been waiting till they were a bit bigger before dragging them over to that side of the mountain.

Petey :)