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jross
04-20-2010, 12:11 PM
I know it ain't GSMNP, but you guys would likely know more about it than anyone else!

Just found out some friends of mine are planning on going to the BSF this weekend for a hike. I think I'll go along. The leader of the pack (vroom, vroom...couldn't help it) said it's on the TN side. So I'm still waiting for more info from him. However what can you guys tell me about the fishing (and the hiking). Bring a flyrod or small spinning? Any chance I could catch fish to eat for supper? and so on...

buzzmcmanus
04-20-2010, 04:35 PM
Watch your step. Here's a buddy of mine from my last trip there.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/DSCN0080.jpg

I hear there is some good smallmouth fishing, but I have never fished there. It's a beautiful area. Enjoy yourself.

jross
04-21-2010, 07:36 AM
ARE YOU SERIOUS!!! I don't mind snakes, but that's getting serious! When I say "snakes" I mean the kind without fangs...I'm gonna try to send this to my buds going on the hike :biggrin:.

I think we are leaving from the Bandy Creek (sp) and traveling John Muir. Any fish around those areas?

gmreeves
04-21-2010, 09:24 AM
I think Big South Fork has to have one of the highest populations of rattlers. Everyone I have ever talked to has seen them there. It is a beautiful place full of cliffs and rocks so it is a prime place. I have also never fished there but would like to.

Carlito
04-21-2010, 09:35 AM
I think Big South Fork has to have one of the highest populations of rattlers. Everyone I have ever talked to has seen them there. It is a beautiful place full of cliffs and rocks so it is a prime place. I have also never fished there but would like to.

And ticks, and chiggers, and mosquitoes, and scorpions... all the good stuff!

If memory serves me correctly, John Muir trail follows the rim of the canyon and stays well above the water...

jross
04-21-2010, 09:42 AM
So Carlito, do you think it'll be hard to get water?

David Knapp
04-21-2010, 10:00 AM
I have a friend who got bit by a copperhead up there so beware...definitely lots of snakes in that area...

Kytroutbum
04-21-2010, 11:03 AM
To echo P.A.'s post, I fished and hiked the Ky end and ALMOST ALWAYS see Copperhead. I used to drive the roads around Rock Creek, in Ky and toward the Tenn State Park, to shoot copperhead in the cool evenings. I saw a lot of Copperhead but no Rattlers. Having been "BIT" after stepping on one, I have great respect for them. Just watch your hands and feet and enjoy, I would not let the snakes keep me away (repeat) Just watch hands and feet. The trip there will probably be more dangerous.

Randall Sale
the Kytroutbum

Carlito
04-21-2010, 01:04 PM
I'm really not certain... I wish I could tell you for sure. If I were you, I'd take along "the basics" in a day pack just in case. I'd pack a handful of streamers and maybe some poppers and terrestrials, but that is pure speculation. I've never actually fished there. You probably could get by without waders also.

GrouseMan77
04-21-2010, 10:12 PM
So Carlito, do you think it'll be hard to get water?

Do you mean drinking water?

jross
04-22-2010, 08:00 AM
drinking and fishing water, both one in the same! J/K I meant drinking water. that's because we're depending on using a filter. I like to have water! Should I pack in a gallon jug?:smile: