View Full Version : Little RIver/place for a kid

09-02-2009, 05:33 PM
I need a decent spot to take a couple of kids for an hour of fishing. We will be in Townsend this coming weekend and will have several days to fish but are only gonna take the little ones one morning. Any ideas would be awesome. Maybe somewhere that we could easily drive to.

Thanks ahead of time!

Hugh Hartsell
09-02-2009, 06:12 PM
There is probably no better place on the Tennesse side of the Park to take children to than Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, for the purpose of starting them off on their first flyfishing outings. The upper part of the picnic area is where I take kids of all ages to get them started and after getting some skills in order you can move just a short distance up stream or downstream to begin some serious fishing. At the upper end of the picnic section is a long smooth hole that ends with some broken water that is a good place to start fishing. Take the youngsters to the lower end of the long flat run and wade out toward the middle and work on casting and other skills. It's safe there and open enough to use a flyrod pretty nicely without getting hung up. If you are just going to fish and not work on skills, then go to the section just below the bridge that is in the center of the Picnic area. Watch out for poison ivy. Good luck, and have fun.

09-02-2009, 09:16 PM
There is a trail on the side of the bridge opposite of the picnic area. I think there is an old school back there off to one side of the trail. Skip the school trail and go straight until it ends. Get in the water first and then haul the kids in.

09-02-2009, 11:25 PM
thanks so much guys.

It's a mix of a few that have fished, and some who never have so I want their first outing to be a good one. Never thought of that area, great great idea!

09-03-2009, 03:37 PM
Can you use Live bait in the Little? Never though to look for the little ones!

09-03-2009, 04:17 PM
Lures, Bait, and Equipment
Fishing is permitted only by the use of one hand-held rod.

Only artificial flies or lures with a single hook may be used. Dropper flies may be used. Up to two flies on a leader.

Use or possession of any form of fish bait or liquid scent other than artificial flies or lures on or along any park stream while in possession of fishing tackle is prohibited. Prohibited baits include, but are not limited to, minnows (live or preserved), worms, corn, cheese, bread, salmon eggs, pork rinds, liquid scents and natural baits found along streams.

Use or possession of double, treble, or gang hooks is prohibited.

Fishing tackle and equipment, including creels and fish in possession, are subject to inspection by authorized personnel.

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09-03-2009, 04:59 PM
What about down around Townsend? Hmmm

09-03-2009, 05:59 PM
I believe there are some pic nic areas on the way into town from Marvul (Maryville) that you can manage to get a line in the water on. I think there is a church in town that you can fish behind. If you go over to the treemont campground and ask, they will probably let you go down the bank by their bridge and fish there.

09-04-2009, 08:00 AM
thanks men!