View Full Version : Cataloochee 4th of July Weekend

07-09-2010, 12:55 AM
Matt (Mundele) and I went to Cataloochee this past Saturday July 3rd for an overnight backpack trip to cs 39. Here are some pics I took...

Palmer Chapel

Inside Palmer Chapel

Matt fishing behind Palmer Chapel

Palmer Creek

Lots of crimson bee balm and some indian pipe pictured here along the Pretty Hollow trail

CS 39 and my ENO hammock with JRB 8x8 tarp

Locals caught on Pretty Hollow Creek this one with a neversink

strap shot lol

It was a great way to spend a Fourth of July!

07-09-2010, 03:45 AM
Nice brooks. There are some big rainbows in Palmer. I caught a few nice ones and had a really large one snap my 5x like it was nothing.

I love that place. I was at #39 in April and June. You pitched your hammock the same place I pitched my tent. Did you see any bears? #39 is on the warning list now.

07-09-2010, 06:27 AM

Nice report on the Cataloochee area! I took a pic of the same pool on Palmer. I was hiking with a lady friend, didn't have a fly rod with me, nearly killed me to look at that pool and not be able to fish it:eek:


07-09-2010, 08:40 AM
That was a great trip. One of my best fishing days yet. Caught a lot of brookies but only a couple bows, but the bows tended to be bigger than I usually catch where I normally fish on the TN side of the park.

Cataloochee is such a beautiful little valley. I'm definitely going back.


07-09-2010, 09:11 AM
Saw lots of elk too. Matt took this shot across from the Palmer house...


I fished the big pool just down from here and I didn't have any luck in there. Matt caught a couple in the swifter water just downstream though.

We didn't see any bears but got a verbal "warning" from some other campers at 39 that there were some horsemen out on the trail asking lots of questions about who was staying at the campsite. Made them nervous.

07-09-2010, 09:43 AM
Nice photos :smile:

07-10-2010, 03:34 AM
I agree. Nice photos!

They were asking the other campers about you guys? Maybe they were just wanting to find out what kind of folks they were sharing the woods with? Dunno.

If anyone out there hasn't been up to see the elk in October, you need to go do it. If you hit it just right, they will be bugling and it is awesome! Just make sure you give them plenty of room and don't end up being an Elk's punchin' bag. :)

07-10-2010, 11:32 AM
A lot of people that camp over there are from families that lived in the valley before he park came into being. You will hear family names like Caldwell, Bradley, Woody, Palmer, and Hanna. It has changed some since the Elk herd was put there. It use to be called the "forgotten east" for a good reason. Almost no one but fisherman and locals went in there. Now I see more people in a weekend than I use to see in a month.

I think the locals population just wanted to know about the outsiders camping near them.http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i206/easterbunny-06/Banjo_Boy_Biography.jpg

fly fisherman DK
07-11-2010, 01:14 AM
Owl is right about the elk, they are truly amazing to hear bugling and especially just getting to see them up close. I am hoping to see some in a week since my family and I are going to Yellowstone. Finally, nice report Crockett, and yall definitely stayed in an area that I really enjoy.