View Full Version : Fall color ride and fishing trip

10-14-2012, 12:26 PM
Took a ride over to NC yesterday through the park to take in the beauty of our mtns along the way, ride through some high elevation woods and maybe catch a few trout on dries as a bonus! Heavy fog here in the valley delayed my start time, alowing all the visitors from around the country here for the annual leaf transformation and craft fairs going on in G-burg, to be out on the roads also. Traffic was fairly heavy in the park and many cars were parked alongside the roads at traiheads and every scenic vista. I rode on into NC and stopped myself to stretch and snap a quick pict. from one of the many points looking down into the Deep creek valley.


Rode on over into Cherokee and up the Blue Ridge Pkwy. Several miles up the Balsam Mtn crest I turned onto balsam mtn road and entered the Heintooga round bottom gravel road.


The colors at this elevation (5000+) was spectacular and the views looking out along the ridge are great. The road is one of those out of way places and I only saw a few jeeps during the 18 mile trek down the mtn through the woods.



After about and hour of riding , I reached round bottom and the stream I came to fish. I've been here a few times over the years with fishing buddies, and it is a beautiful stream.
I had brought a fun little small stream dry fly rod, a 7ft lami fiberglass 3wt, and some bushy dry flies packed with my waders and boots. I rigged up and walked downstream a few hundred yards. The sun was hitting the stream in places along the stream, now into the afternoon, and I saw lots of bugs out. Tied on a royal pmx and started working back upstream. The trout rose to the fly many times but I guess after not fishing for the past month, my reaction times are a little slow! I picked up 8-10 bows and a couple of little browns this afternoon. nothing of size but enjoyable on the bendy little glass rod.


I finished up the stretch and decided to head back towards TN but snapped one last pict. of the new bridge that was built after the massive floods wiped out the old creek crossing a few years ago.


It was a great day to be out in the park, enjoying some twisty mtn roads on the bike, riding through some beautiful hardwood forest all decked out in fall colors, and feeling the pull of some lively mtn trout. Cant wait to go again.

David Knapp
10-14-2012, 12:33 PM
Nice report Gary!!! That sure is a beautiful rainbow. I never fished that stream enough but always enjoyed it when I took the time to make it over there. Thanks for taking us a long on your trip!

10-14-2012, 02:55 PM
What a great ride! Love the bike, The Smokies are ideal for that set up or vice versa. Wonderful pics from a very wonderful day. That one was a blessing right there.


10-14-2012, 06:21 PM
What a great way to spend a day!
Nice KLR.
I've got a XR650L that I ride/fish around tellico area but haven't done the heintooga road.
Great idea and nice pics.


No Hackle
10-14-2012, 08:30 PM
Great pics Gary. Perfect day to get the motor bike out. I've never fished that before. Looks great.

10-14-2012, 09:04 PM
Nice Gary! Thanks for sharing. Sure makes me want to be there.

10-14-2012, 10:25 PM
Super report Gary! I love that road, and the next time I'm over there, I'm taking my fly-rod for sure! Love the colors on the bow.

10-15-2012, 11:20 AM
It was a fun day and I love fishing that stream. It kind of surprised me that I was catching so many bows vs browns. In past experience, it has always been the opposite. maybe after the flood, it has undergone a dominant species change. Above the bridge are the reminants of massive pileups of logjams from that flood.
After I left the bridge and rode on out and back into Cherokee to 441, The elk were out by the hwy at the Ocono. vistors center and had traffic delayed. I rode all the way back to Clingmans dome and ran into another traffic delay. some other motorist told me that there was a bad wreck and possible car fire on the TN side causing a 3 hr delay. I had to backtrack back to cherokee and over to maggie valley and then take the interstate home. That added an extra 2.5 hrs in the saddle and a total of 250 miles roundtrip.
I hope to take a ride over to Cataloochie in the next several weeks and hope to file another ride/ fish report then.

fourx, spotlight (Kevin), is organizing a dual sport ride this coming weekend down to teliico. I dont think fishing is involved this trip but just a get together ride to enjoy the colors.

10-16-2012, 09:43 AM
Hope to see some more reports from the seasoned Smokies fisherman such as yourself.

Beautiful pictures:biggrin: