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shinbruiser
06-13-2010, 03:32 PM
fished above the fourth bridge on road prong for the first time. Never caught any brookies to speak of before. Now I understand the passion for those beautiful fish. Fishing couldn't have been any better except I had to wade back downstream after fishing about a half mile of water. Does the trail cross the stream anywhere above the fourth bridge? Was too tired to hike on up the trail when I got out.

duckypaddler
06-13-2010, 10:21 PM
Does the trail cross the stream anywhere above the fourth bridge? Was too tired to hike on up the trail when I got out.

Yes but several hours or fishing up there is a small cut in the rhodo about 25 yards below skyline falls that takes you up to the trail. While you won't find the Rainbows that a just a ways downstream, there are a few 9+ inch Brookies that you can occasionally hook (most times they are too smart for me)

Where I am standing in this shot manway is directly right. Look close, you could easily miss it:smile:

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=47&pictureid=313

shinbruiser
06-14-2010, 12:02 AM
thanks for the info. i intend to scout the trail before I fish that section again and look for the access you're talking about.

Bran
06-14-2010, 08:05 AM
Well how about that, I sure missed it. I was right there a couple of weeks ago and went all the way back down the river to the 4th bridge! Oh well, I needed the exercise for sure, pounds have really accumulated the last few years. That's a pretty rough hike for sure, especially with all the blow downs and slick rocks, my felt soles slipped a few times.

shinbruiser
06-14-2010, 09:49 AM
http://www.smokystreams.com/maps/assets/littlepigeonriver.pdf

Is Skyline Falls number 07 or 08 on this map? I feel like I went all the way up to 08 but never felt like I was as close to the trail as this map shows.

duckypaddler
06-14-2010, 05:39 PM
http://www.smokystreams.com/maps/assets/littlepigeonriver.pdf

Is Skyline Falls number 07 or 08 on this map? I feel like I went all the way up to 08 but never felt like I was as close to the trail as this map shows.

But that map only shows 2 waterfalls where I know of at least 7:smile:

That's one stream where the rhodo dictates you stay in the streambed, crawling out without a path isn't much of an option in many places. Although on my last time fishing between 3rd & 4th bridges I found a small path I had never seen before. Nice to know they are there as I have spent time in the streambed hiking up in a thunderstorm and it wasn't all that much fun:eek:

shinbruiser
06-15-2010, 09:25 AM
Thanks duckypaddler - I agree - its easy to get trapped in that stream. I hate wading back down because it fouls the water for anyone below me. I have done a little more research (google is a wonderful thing) and actually found where there is a 5th small foot bridge about a mile and a half above the fourth bridge. That's a long way to fish in that stream but I'm sure it would be rewarding.

Crockett
06-15-2010, 12:06 PM
Just curious when you guys refer to the 4th bridge is that the one just before you get to where the chimneys trail splits off? I remember that one being a "real" bridge and I think I counted it as the fourth. Then I went up the road prong trail and in about a mile (maybe less) I found the first actual "foot bridge" that crosses road prong from the right to the left bank.

I think what is confusing is there are two bridges right at the start of the trail almost back to back. I guess that is # 1 and 2 haha.

shinbruiser
06-15-2010, 01:10 PM
Crockett,
Yes I am counting the first bridge that actually goes over Walker Camp Prong as bridge #1 and then the immediate next bridge over Road Prong as #2.

Crockett
06-15-2010, 01:35 PM
ok cool I thought so just wasn't sure. I fished up there last november and didn't catch anything but it was freezing cold and I didn't know what I was doing a bad combination ;)

duckypaddler
06-15-2010, 05:18 PM
Thanks duckypaddler - I agree - its easy to get trapped in that stream. I hate wading back down because it fouls the water for anyone below me. I have done a little more research (google is a wonderful thing) and actually found where there is a 5th small foot bridge about a mile and a half above the fourth bridge. That's a long way to fish in that stream but I'm sure it would be rewarding.

It's definitely less than a mile from Beech Flats (Where Chimney's trail verges off and sight of 4th bridge). The fishing above there is still good although once you get above what kayakers call Greenlight Falls.



http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=64&pictureid=435

After that you will soon find sterile water (you'll be around 500ft elevation) from that **** Anakeesta rock. I syill want top fish up Tomahawk. Has anyone done that?

Ooh and I had a great post written up about my upper Road Prong trip, but something got screwed up when I hit submit and I was too lazy to write again.

Mundele
06-15-2010, 10:58 PM
ok cool I thought so just wasn't sure. I fished up there last november and didn't catch anything but it was freezing cold and I didn't know what I was doing a bad combination ;)

That and you were wet wading too if I recall your story correctly. Hypothermia and tangled leaders at the same time really sucks

Crockett
06-15-2010, 11:03 PM
Hey you are up still Matt! Yeah I had the seal skinz on but it was still really cold. I had been checking out ducky paddler and others pics of the stream all last summer and decided to check it out. The stream doesn't look very rugged or steep in the pics. I imagined a small placid stream with very little grade like laurel creek and an easy access trail a few feet away. I was kind of in shock at what it was like in person lol...

Bran
06-16-2010, 09:01 AM
Does anyone know, in relation to the 4th bridge, where the "Indian Grave" is? I've read the stories, and I was wondering as I was up there fishing.

Hey Crockett, just think about back when that was actually THE access road from over the mountains and they packed every belonging they had through there!! Gives new meaning to the old joke about walking uphill both ways, literally!