View Full Version : 1st Father/Son Smokies Outing

07-17-2011, 10:15 PM
Took the little guy out for some father/son time yesterday. So far he has been camping two times, turkey hunting (kinda) once, and bluegill fishing three times at age three. So, I thought it was about time to get his feet wet with some hiking and fly fishing in the mountains.

I didn't really have much faith in it being an overwhelming success, but thought it would be fun either way.

I chose Elkmont because of the relatively flat trail and the easy access to the river. He quickly decided daddy's walking stick was better than his, so he confiscated it...


About 1/4 mile up the trail he wanted to get in the water and play, so I found a convenient spot and let him play for a while....



After about 15 minutes of playing he was anxious to fish in a particular spot....



Working on his technique....


Only had patience to fish for about 10 minutes, but managed to miss two in that short time frame. By this time he was starting to get tired, so we turned around to slowly make our way back to the parking area. Surprisingly he was more excited to see all the old houses and walk through the Appalachian Clubhouse. He is already asking to go back again, and told everybody today about the old houses and hiking. :biggrin: I think I have myself a lifetime outdoor buddy, and am so glad that he had a great time.

Saw lots of wild hog sign along the trail that I didn't notice last time I was up there. Anybody hear reports of an increase in hog activity in the area?

07-18-2011, 10:12 PM
Pretty Awesome!

Ky Tim
07-19-2011, 02:32 PM
Great photos and looks like you got him off to a good start, congrats!