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Shaggy
07-21-2010, 08:46 PM
What is your opinion on the best books on Park fishing, history, camping, etc. ?? I have no books on the Park yet (other than Last Train to Elkmont) and want to get some more books. What should be my first choices?

sammcdonald
07-21-2010, 09:08 PM
camping and woodcrafting by horace kephart is still as good now as it was 100 years ago.....believe the forward is by jim casada...
history, i still like margaret brown's the wild east...
fishing jim casada's new book and ian rutter's green book fishing in the gsmnp

stop by sugarlands and take a look at your choices....we'll help ya.
sam

mora521
07-21-2010, 09:40 PM
Hazel Creek Then And Now is a good one and so is a book by Wiley Oakly the title of which eludes me.Chris Camuto wrote an excellent book on the failed Red Wolf re-introduction program that helped me figure out what the fenced in areas were that I came across way up Thunderhead Prong in the early 90's.

My favorite book about the region is On The Spine Of Time and my favorite old Smoky Mtn. character is Dan Lawson who once haunted the ridges and balds above Cades Cove.

Trip
07-21-2010, 09:43 PM
I thought Jim Casada's book on the park was good. It had a good mix of history and fishing.

BlueRaiderFan
07-21-2010, 09:44 PM
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Angler's Companion by Ian Rutter...best book on fishing the park that I have found.

Scott H.
07-22-2010, 12:02 AM
Jim's and Ian's books are both great. I would definitely get both of those if you don't have them.

They have both been very willing to give insight and share their knowledge through emails with me in the past. I am appreciative to both of them.



Scott

Jim Casada
07-22-2010, 07:03 AM
Shaggy--In addition to books already mentioned, you might want to consider Michael Frome's Strangers in High Places, Jim Gasque's Hunting & Fishing in the Great Smokies (recently reprinted), Ken Wise"s Hiking Trails of the GSMNP if you can find it--it"s out of print and scarce but is far and away the best book on Park trails). Hattie Caldwell Davis's books on Cataloochee, Lanche Holland's Fontana, and that is just a start. If you are a serious reader there's a 20 or 30 page annotated bibliography in my Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: An Insider's Guide to a Pursuit of Passion, which will give you a much fuller guide to the literature on the region.
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com (http://www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com)

Grannyknot
07-22-2010, 08:07 AM
My opinions on the best books in categories....
General History of the Park: The Wild East by Margaret Lynn Brown
Comprehensive History of the Area: Strangers in High Places by Michael Frome
Cades Cove Specific History: Cades Cove by Durwood Dunn
Fishing Specific: Jim Casada's Fly Fishing in the GSMNP
Hiking & Camping: Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains by Ken Wise

BlueRaiderFan
07-22-2010, 06:50 PM
Yeah, I haven't read Mr. Casada's yet, so I couldn't recommend it in good conscience, but he does know what he's doin'!!!

Shaggy
07-23-2010, 07:47 AM
Thanks for all of the input. I have some good reading to do! I will start with Jim's book and the Anglers Companion and go from there!

Carlito
07-23-2010, 10:23 AM
My opinions on the best books in categories....
General History of the Park: The Wild East by Margaret Lynn Brown
Comprehensive History of the Area: Strangers in High Places by Michael Frome
Cades Cove Specific History: Cades Cove by Durwood Dunn
Fishing Specific: Jim Casada's Fly Fishing in the GSMNP
Hiking & Camping: Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains by Ken Wise

Codman = card catalogue! :smile:

Grannyknot
07-23-2010, 10:54 AM
Codman = card catalogue! :smile:

Ha! Now that I look at that post, it does seem a bit geeky. Can't help it though, as i've taken an interest in those type of books over the past few years.

I actually think I'll need to build myself a new book shelf to accomodate them. I'm currently over-using the "stacking" system of storage. :biggrin:

GrouseMan77
07-23-2010, 10:29 PM
Codman = card catalogue! :smile:

This from a man whose mother is the queen on the card catalogue. She never would put those SI Swimsuit issues on the shelf for me.:mad: Elle MacPherson still gives me hot flashes.

smoky
07-24-2010, 10:07 AM
Jim's latest book is legendary in this guy's eyes.

Incredible amount of usable information and an appropriate amount of history.

I've practically worn my soft-cover edition out.

The best book of it's kind that I've read anywhere.

Grannyknot
07-29-2010, 01:19 PM
fyi....if anyone is looking for a good deal on some used copies...McKays in Knoxville (as of noon today) had 2 of Ian Rutter's Books, Don Kirk's book, The Wild East, Harvey Broome's personal journal, Strangers in High Places, Our Southern Highlanders, both of D.R. Beeson's hiking journals, and a great Chris Camuto book called "Another Country" (author of a fly fisherman's blue ridge.

Many of these will be gone by the weekend, and some, I felt, were a bit overpriced, but I was suprised at today's selection.

Crockett
07-29-2010, 02:42 PM
Thats funny Grannyknot but that is where I got my copies of don kirks book, the wild east, and strangers in high places. Haven't seen ian rutters books in there before though.

Jim Casada
07-29-2010, 08:11 PM
Smoky--Thanks. Now I have two fans, although one of them (my wife) can be a tad tetchious (an old mountain version of the more commonly used tetchy) at times (:!
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com (http://www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com)

BlueRaiderFan
07-29-2010, 11:17 PM
Looks like you got a lot of fans:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dus-stripbooks-tree&field-keywords=JIm+Casada&ih=4_4_3_0_0_0_0_0_0_2.93_85&fsc=-1 (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dus-stripbooks-tree&field-keywords=JIm+Casada&ih=4_4_3_0_0_0_0_0_0_2.93_85&fsc=-1)

and


http://www.amazon.com/Jim-Casada/e/B0034OMNB8/ref=sr_tc_img_2_0?qid=1280459856&sr=1-2-ent

Rog 1
07-30-2010, 09:09 AM
For anyone that fishes the LR drainage The Last Train to Elkmont is a great little book. This history of the logging era in this area is a wonderful read and will give you a great perspective on how this area was before and after the wood cutters arrived.

AKSkim
07-30-2010, 09:34 AM
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Angler's Companion by Ian Rutter...best book on fishing the park that I have found.

I agree with you that Ian Rutter's book is the best.

BlueRaiderFan
07-30-2010, 10:34 AM
He does leave out some specifics that I have to come to this board for, but still a good starting point.

Shaggy
08-19-2010, 08:20 PM
For my recent birthday I received some of the best gifts I have ever gotten for a birthday. My wife tried to order me Jim Casada's book and accidentally ordered me Jim Gasques book because it mentioned Jim's forward in the title. I cannot put this book down and have almost finished it! I plan to read it again and agian. The history and fishing combination are excellent and although I am not a hunter I still find that part interesting. Also I finally picked up a copy of the official map of the park (#229) and cant believe I have never bought one as it has all of the information I have ever wanted as far as trails, campgrounds and feeder streams. Everyone that frequents this board probably has one or at least should! I also got Ian Rutters book and find it to be a helpful handbook. Thanks to all of the reccomendations from everyone as I cant wait to build my library!

Oh, and by the way, I have just ordered Jim Casada's book as well and am looking forward to reading it next!