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cardfly
09-03-2009, 07:51 PM
Hi everybody, Coming down in October and Cardfly Jr. has always wanted to fish the little river road all around the park from Gburg to Townsend. Is it worthwhile and if so are there any better spots than others.

Also we are staying in the campground at Elkmont. Any info I need to know or any problems with wildlife either human or non human?

Thanks ahead of time. It's been way too long since I've been fishing in the Smokies.......

nvr2L8
09-04-2009, 08:22 AM
Cardfly,

My son and I have caught a bunch of fish on Little River between Meigs Falls and the Sinks.

As you'll read over and over here, Metcalf Bottoms is one of the favorite places to fish along Little River Road. Between the Sinks and Metcalf Bottoms has some nice spots. Above Metcalf Bottoms, where the road crosses over the river to put the river on your right, from that point all the way up to Elkmont has lots of really nice fishing. The pulloff spots are often indicative of popular spots. Just pick one and go.

After reading back over this, I've just covered Meigs Falls to Elkmont. Hmm. Guess the bottom line is that just about anywhere along Little River Road is game.

duckypaddler
09-04-2009, 08:43 AM
I would prefer to hike in from Elkmont. Lots less competition, and the smaller water is easier to fish. Go 3/4 mile up if you lazy, hike in Cucumber gap if your willing, or hike up to 3 forks if your hardcore.

Like the Sinks to Meigs falls option that was suggested. As I kayak that stretch, I always thought it looked good with several places that go away from the road. Might want to be careful wading though or you might be in for a Class3 swim.

silvercreek
09-04-2009, 08:59 AM
You don't say how old cardflyjr is, so I'll assume is 9 or 10. I'd second Metcalf bottoms. I'd get a ways above the sinks. As nvr2l8 says look for pulloffs along the road and jump in.
Never had a problem with any sort of wildlife four or two legged at Elkmont. Could be a bear or a skunk around, but should be no problem. Safer than the drive up there. Enjoy your trip.

Rog 1
09-04-2009, 02:41 PM
If you are staying at Elkmont campground don't overlook Jake's Creek...it enters the LR above section K of the campground....this should be fishing pretty good with the water in the river right now...small feeder creek with nice collection of plunge pools...my son cut his teeth on this creek and it is small enough that he could fish it by himself...he has pulled 8-9" trout out of there.

Carolina Boy
09-04-2009, 08:58 PM
Elkmont, bears all around and recent a strong coyote presence. We had one run right through our campsite a couple weeks ago.

fearnofishbob
09-04-2009, 09:36 PM
Hi everybody, Coming down in October and Cardfly Jr. has always wanted to fish the little river road all around the park from Gburg to Townsend. Is it worthwhile and if so are there any better spots than others.

Also we are staying in the campground at Elkmont. Any info I need to know or any problems with wildlife either human or non human?

Thanks ahead of time. It's been way too long since I've been fishing in the Smokies.......
Camped at Elkmont in may, water was high due to spring rains. Caught some nice browns and rainbows in LR above the campground. You should be able to find "plenty" of water to fish. Had a lady killed by a bear on LR a few years back. She was on the creek bank reading a book while her companion fished ....sad story but true so be careful.

cardfly
09-04-2009, 10:43 PM
I was fishing up above Elkmont with Hugh Hartsell a year or so ago and he told me the sad story of the lady being killed by the bear. Very sad.

I do think we will start off at Metcalf Bottoms to get in some practice. CF Jr. is 8 but loves to try fly fishing. He will get the hang of it sooner or later.

We are looking forward to camping at Elkmont.

downtownfish
09-05-2009, 07:49 AM
My girlfriend has been talking about reading on the bank as I fish on our upcoming trip in october. I am stuck on whether to tell her about the bear attack which will freek her out, or not tell her which could lead to her not being as alert.

jeffnles1
09-05-2009, 09:23 AM
My girlfriend has been talking about reading on the bank as I fish on our upcoming trip in october. I am stuck on whether to tell her about the bear attack which will freek her out, or not tell her which could lead to her not being as alert.

Thinking about not telling my wife and slipping a fried chicken leg into her day pack when she's not looking.:biggrin:


Just kidding my love (in case she's reading this).

Jeff

Carlito
09-05-2009, 09:25 AM
My girlfriend has been talking about reading on the bank as I fish on our upcoming trip in october. I am stuck on whether to tell her about the bear attack which will freek her out, or not tell her which could lead to her not being as alert.

I would tell her just so she is aware, but point out to her that literally millions of people visit the Park each year. Bear attacks happen, but they are very rare. My girlfriend is completely aware of the risks of bear encounters in the park, and in fact she has had multiple close encounters (more than I have!). Even so, she is always happy to join me for a fishing trip, and we hike/backcountry camp very often.

This is way off topic, but I have an extra can of bear pepper spray that I bought for a trip to Alaska. I bought two cans from mountaingear.com (one for me and one for my folks), but it turns out you can't fly with pepper spray. Doh! Anyway, I want to keep one, but if you or anyone else would like a good deal on the other one, let me know. I paid $40 each for the magnum size, and they came with holsters. I'd be glad to get $20 for it, and it would definitely offer some peace of mind to have it handy "just in case."

cdhill33@gmail.com if you are interested.

cardfly
09-05-2009, 09:45 AM
Jeff,

I like your avatar and the way you think.:smile:

I just started fly fishing a couple of years ago and when I caught my first trout in the smokies, I came home bragging about catching it and it was at least 4 inches long, then I got the pictures back.

If I had kept my thumb OUT of the pic I may have gotten away with the 4 inch lie but no way with that thumb in there. It may have been 2 inches if I was lucky.

I still have the fly that I caught it with.

jeffnles1
09-05-2009, 09:55 AM
Jeff,

I like your avatar and the way you think.:smile:

I just started fly fishing a couple of years ago and when I caught my first trout in the smokies, I came home bragging about catching it and it was at least 4 inches long, then I got the pictures back.

If I had kept my thumb OUT of the pic I may have gotten away with the 4 inch lie but no way with that thumb in there. It may have been 2 inches if I was lucky.

I still have the fly that I caught it with.

David,
To totally come clean on tha avatar picture, the hand next to my HUGE trout belongs to my son. He was about 12 at the time that picture was taken.

I've tried to tell folks that he has freakishly large hands and that trout really weighed about 4lbs. That is until they see the #16 size fly in its mouth then it's come clean time.

That's the one bad thing about digital cameras, expecially the waterproof kind, we take pictures of the fish we catch and they frequently shrink after caught.

Jeff

silvercreek
09-05-2009, 10:00 AM
That is a problem with digital cameras. I think it has to do with digital compression. They have cameras that have facial recognition. They need one with fish recognition that does not reduce the size of the fish from what we remember. I think it would be a best seller to fishermen.

cardfly
09-05-2009, 11:54 AM
Maybe it's something in the air that effects or measuring abilities when in the smokies. I took a buddy for his first trip and he claimed his first trout was a monster. I told him not to be surprised when the pictures came back and it was only about 2 inches long.

He called a week later and couldn't believe it was only about 2 inches long. Hmmmmm

Pound for pound, trout are the most freakishly strong fish so they just seem bigger. And I'm giving up taking pictures.....:biggrin:

downtownfish
09-05-2009, 02:47 PM
Pound for pound I would have to say peacocks or any chiclid for that matter are the strongest fighting fish. Sometimes I think I hooked into a tarpon to find out its a 3 pound peacock. This maybe not be apples to apples, but they are strong fish.