View Full Version : Snow and Fat Rainbows

02-03-2010, 06:49 PM
After waiting over an hour for US441 to open this morning, I drove over to the reservation and chased the big fat trophy section rainbows. I caught 7 in all. Below are pics of the 3 biggest and some snow at Newfound Gap.

First fish of the day. 21 in.



02-03-2010, 09:08 PM
Whoa, Nelly! A friend told me about the special trophy waters on the reservation. I plan on wetting some fur and feathers there this spring. I just showed the pix to my wife. I'm hoping to get her there also. Thanks for sharing!

02-03-2010, 09:42 PM
Man I've got to get over there. What did you catch them on?

02-03-2010, 09:46 PM
Lovely fish!

Man, you just screwed up and lost the tranquility of your spot...:eek:

Speck Lover
02-03-2010, 09:54 PM
It looks and sounds like you had a pleasant Wednesday. Nice pictures!

02-03-2010, 11:24 PM
Thanks guys. I caught them on size 14-16-18-and 20 BHPT's.

02-04-2010, 11:12 AM
Thanks for sharing the pictures. Beautiful fish.

Carolina Boy
02-04-2010, 11:42 AM
Hey John, as much as I want to get back home down there, it looks like it will be a few weeks, so when are you coming this way? Hope we can hit this trophy section sometime, I have fished it a dozen times and it is easy and full of bruisers, I mean no offense to the folks, pics, and success posted here! plus there is some very interesting things in the works for this trophy section that will be quite unique.

02-04-2010, 12:11 PM
Lovely fish!

Man, you just screwed up and lost the tranquility of your spot...:eek:

Lordy, Lordy, watch out for the stampede!

02-04-2010, 01:35 PM
I'm putting gas in the car as I type.

02-04-2010, 02:56 PM
John, Thanks again for the pictures, what a resource.

I have had the opportunity to fish the Trophy section last year a couple of times and had a great time.

But since I live about 5 hours away I dont get to hear all the news. I have seen on a couple posts people commenting on some upcoming changes possible. Would anyone be willing to share the rumors.

02-04-2010, 03:00 PM
Very nice pics of both the snow and the bows. I love that first fat bow you got. Bet that was tremendous fun. Congrats

02-04-2010, 06:37 PM
Nice fish! That first one is truly a pig! Fins look awfully good one those fish a well.
Am I right in thinking that the trophy section is about 2 miles of water?

02-04-2010, 07:01 PM
Thanks. I believe it is 2.2 miles, and is rumored to grow a mile or two very soon. I hope it does, because it will be next winter before I can find a spot to get in if it is as crowded as last summer.

Carolina Boy
02-04-2010, 08:04 PM
Actually it is the hope that it grows 2 miles and then the state grants an extra 2 miles making 4 total, and they may stock with a interesting breed of fish, not a bow, brown or brookie. :biggrin:

02-05-2010, 02:05 AM
4 more miles would be really nice. Not a bow, brown, or brookie.........amd they already have goldens.............What are they going to do, put something wild like the hybrid tiger trout or something

Carolina Boy
02-05-2010, 10:19 AM
Nope not a tiger trout, they are apparently trying to get the Cherokee Nation to donate an extra 2 miles or so and then the state of NC to donate an extra 2 miles as well, I am not sure how the govt side of this proposal works.

02-05-2010, 01:28 PM
I hope they go upstream with it. I don't want to be fishing downtown with people watching make ugly casts and over ambitious hooksets that find me tangled in a tree.

Carolina Boy
02-05-2010, 03:53 PM
I have been told it would be a strech in the birdtown area, which is (I think) sort of down and behind the burger king headed towards the road that goes towards I-23/74

02-05-2010, 11:52 PM
OK, I went up there today and they closed the road on me; seems like the snow coming down was too bad or something...:rolleyes:

Jim Casada
02-06-2010, 09:45 AM
Nope not a tiger trout, they are apparently trying to get the Cherokee Nation to donate an extra 2 miles or so and then the state of NC to donate an extra 2 miles as well, I am not sure how the govt side of this proposal works.
Carolina Boy--Who is "they"? I'm confused when you mention the state of N. C. donating an extra two miles to what I'm assuming is the Oconaluftee trophy water. The state doesn't have two miles. Except for a very short stretch immediately above and below the dam at Ela on lower Luftee, it is all on the reservation or in the Park. The reservation boundary at Birdtown is just above the point where the little lake backs up to its headwaters, and it is no more than a few hundred yards below the dam until Luftee enters the Tuckaseigee. In other words, I'm confused and hope maybe you can straighten me out.
I've talked to Robert Blankenship about this trophy water a number of times and he does indeed hope for an expansion. However, I think it is more likely to be upstream than down, and either way there are several miles of water which are on the reservation. The final decision would presumably be up to the tribal council.
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com (http://www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com)

02-06-2010, 03:22 PM
Hey guys, me and my nephew have been trying to get over to Cherokee since last week and are planing to make the trip this week (we live in townsend). Didn't go becasue of 441 and I'm sure they will close it down on us if we get over there before we leave. Wondering if anyone has gone into Cherokee in the past week or so via the interstate then through maggie valley, just wondering how that road is as im not sure what the elevation is. Any help would be appreciated.

Jim Casada
02-06-2010, 04:01 PM
MikeRob--If you are talking about I-40, it is closed and has been for many weeks. I'm not sure of the current situation but I think it will be well into March, at best, before it opens. Your only real alternative from the Tennessee side is I-81 North out of Knoxville to I-26, then into Asheville to connect with I-40, then I-40 West to Hwy. 74 towards Waynesville and Bryson City. There's a Cherokee exit six or eight miles before you get to Bryson City.
You could go down through Maryville and come back northeastwards on the road through Deals Gap ("Dragon's Tail") but I wouldn't recommend it. Hwy. 441 has been off and on for some time, as is typical in winter. In other words, it's about as close to a real-life case of "you can't get there from here" as you are likely to encounter.
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com (http://www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com)

02-06-2010, 04:36 PM
Man! Those are DANDY trout! I don't even know where that water IS and I'm getting in my car! :smile: