View Full Version : Great trip to the GSMNP....

LA MantaRay12
11-26-2010, 10:59 AM

I have been coming to this forum for some time and living through the GSMNP fishing reports. My family and I came up for the Thanksgiving holiday and enjoyed the mountains and fishing. My son and I had an opportunity to go to the S. Holston with Hugh Hartsell and had a fantastic time. This was a great learning experience and if anyone is looking for a guide that will maximize your trip Hugh is just the right person. Here is his website: http://www.smokymountainflyguide.com/



For the most part the week has been very conducive to fly fishing, warm days and cool nights. Saw about a dozen large trout feeding at the surface on the Oconaluftee.

Other than the S. Holston my son and I frequented the Little River just inside the park boundary to Elkmont. For a couple of novice fishermen we had pretty good success!!

My son and I both caught our first GSMNP rainbows. My son was using a golden stone and i was using a dropper system (Kaufman stone/BH Hares Ear). My trout hit the stone fly. I read in a previous report that the hits were strong...that was our experience also.


Later in the week I was fishing some deeper pools in the Little River with a dropper (Kaufman stone/Hares Ear..no BH) and caught my largest trout on the Hares Ear. This fish hit as I was beginning to strip in the flies from a swing drift. Very light pickup but a great fight.




Interesting that all my fish were taken at the end of the day after 4:00pm

All the fish caught during this vacation were released unharmed in the process...:smile:

thanks to everyone on this forum for the advice and a special thanks to Hugh Hartsell for his professional guidance and to Little River Outfitters for their help and advice.

for those of you who have never visted the LRO store you are in for a treat...even the Orvis folks told me how incredible the LRO store fly tying material section was, and they were absolutely correct.

thanks again...


11-26-2010, 02:07 PM
Great report and photos. Thanks for sharing.

11-26-2010, 08:11 PM
Great report Charles thanks for the pics. I haven't caught a fish now since mid October. Thanks for the nice armchair fishing.

11-26-2010, 09:43 PM
What a way to spend the holidays! Good job.

11-27-2010, 09:22 AM
Happy to see that you had a great trip, sounds like you covered a lot of ground and managed to get in quite a bit of fishing too. Love the pics. and the LR bow...... nice one!

11-27-2010, 01:31 PM
Always wanted to learn from Mr. Hartsell...you're a lucky man. Nice report.

11-28-2010, 02:01 AM
Great report Charles thanks for the pics. I haven't caught a fish now since mid October. Thanks for the nice armchair fishing.

Maybe that'll change this friday/saturday Adam...

11-28-2010, 04:15 PM
Great place to spend a holiday or just any day. Wish I lived closer. Thanks for the report and great pictures.