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NDuncan
10-24-2012, 09:46 AM
Well after enduring last weekends physical pain from hiking up and down Clingmans for the Forney Creek trip, I decided, that since I must have a penchant for abuse, to subject myself to psychological pain and head through Gatinlinburg, around the Motor Loop to fish roaring fork.

First let me say, I knew heading out what I was about to put myself through to get there.

When I got to exit 407, there was no traffic going into sevierville (so far so good). THe traffic heading out to 40 was gridlock.

Got to PF bypass fine and on to the Spur. Which was going 10 mph. It was backed up even through the bypass which was only marginally faster. all of the traffic was headed up newfound gap road so I quickly found myself in Gatlingburg.

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2012%2010%2021%20Roaring%20Fork/2CCE9EB2-28C8-494C-8015-F19D03C8B2AC-3572-000007568B5054E1.jpg

I was quickly reminded of Duckypaddlers words

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2012%2010%2021%20Roaring%20Fork/imagesCAEYGHBX.jpg

So the Motor loop was crappy, but I have seen it much worse. I finally made it to the point where I was going to jump in and started fishing

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2012%2010%2021%20Roaring%20Fork/P1010467.jpg

Success! Took the orange neversink!

I found that despite the bright sun and clear skies and clear water, they were hitting pretty consistantly.

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2012%2010%2021%20Roaring%20Fork/P1010468.jpg

They like that dropper.

Scenery is nice:
http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2012%2010%2021%20Roaring%20Fork/P1010469.jpg

The fishy wave:

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2012%2010%2021%20Roaring%20Fork/P1010470.jpg

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2012%2010%2021%20Roaring%20Fork/P1010471.jpg

Here's a littler one who took the dropper:

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2012%2010%2021%20Roaring%20Fork/P1010472.jpg


Fished up to the junction with Enloe Branch. Both streams seem to be equal size here (small and tight) and I didn't feel like getting frustrated so I worked my way back down towards the road. The nice thing about this part of the stream is it is still big enough to be fishable and secluded enough that you don't really hear much traffic.

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2012%2010%2021%20Roaring%20Fork/P1010473.jpg

Obligatory Leaf pictures



http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2012%2010%2021%20Roaring%20Fork/P1010475.jpg


So I was kinda tired by this point but I decided to drive down to where the bridge crosses Roaring Fork by all of those buildings where all the tourons park and take pictures, so I decided to give them a little show.

I first went down to the creek right below the bridge and on the first cast pulled in a 6.5" rainbow. Just ensure the illusion would remain in their minds, I quit fishing at this point. No need to show them that that is what happens everytime, right? :rolleyes:

Then I decided to decided to clean the fish I had kept earlier streamside and let them get a look at that. I definitely through in an 'examination of the stomach contents' for added effect. :biggrin: One of them had belly full of lady bugs, which I thought was strange.

No Hackle
10-24-2012, 12:37 PM
Well after enduring last weekends physical pain from hiking up and down Clingmans for the Forney Creek trip, I decided, that since I must have a penchant for abuse, to subject myself to psychological pain and head through Gatinlinburg, around the Motor Loop to fish roaring fork.

First let me say, I knew heading out what I was about to put myself through to get there.

When I got to exit 407, there was no traffic going into sevierville (so far so good). THe traffic heading out to 40 was gridlock.

Got to PF bypass fine and on to the Spur. Which was going 10 mph. It was backed up even through the bypass which was only marginally faster. all of the traffic was headed up newfound gap road so I quickly found myself in Gatlingburg.

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2012%2010%2021%20Roaring%20Fork/2CCE9EB2-28C8-494C-8015-F19D03C8B2AC-3572-000007568B5054E1.jpg

I was quickly reminded of Duckypaddlers words

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2012%2010%2021%20Roaring%20Fork/imagesCAEYGHBX.jpg

So the Motor loop was crappy, but I have seen it much worse. I finally made it to the point where I was going to jump in and started fishing

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2012%2010%2021%20Roaring%20Fork/P1010467.jpg

Success! Took the orange neversink!

I found that despite the bright sun and clear skies and clear water, they were hitting pretty consistantly.

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2012%2010%2021%20Roaring%20Fork/P1010468.jpg

They like that dropper.

Scenery is nice:
http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2012%2010%2021%20Roaring%20Fork/P1010469.jpg

The fishy wave:

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2012%2010%2021%20Roaring%20Fork/P1010470.jpg

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2012%2010%2021%20Roaring%20Fork/P1010471.jpg

Here's a littler one who took the dropper:

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2012%2010%2021%20Roaring%20Fork/P1010472.jpg


Fished up to the junction with Enloe Branch. Both streams seem to be equal size here (small and tight) and I didn't feel like getting frustrated so I worked my way back down towards the road. The nice thing about this part of the stream is it is still big enough to be fishable and secluded enough that you don't really hear much traffic.

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2012%2010%2021%20Roaring%20Fork/P1010473.jpg

Obligatory Leaf pictures



http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2012%2010%2021%20Roaring%20Fork/P1010475.jpg


So I was kinda tired by this point but I decided to drive down to where the bridge crosses Roaring Fork by all of those buildings where all the tourons park and take pictures, so I decided to give them a little show.

I first went down to the creek right below the bridge and on the first cast pulled in a 6.5" rainbow. Just ensure the illusion would remain in their minds, I quit fishing at this point. No need to show them that that is what happens everytime, right? :rolleyes:

Then I decided to decided to clean the fish I had kept earlier streamside and let them get a look at that. I definitely through in an 'examination of the stomach contents' for added effect. :biggrin: One of them had belly full of lady bugs, which I thought was strange.
Great pics. Looks like you had a pretty day to get out. Roaring fork has always been kind to me too. Nice to catch trout not far out of town.
I was noticing that last pic and was wondering if that is a brown. I saw the yellow fins and was wondring. I've never caught one out of RF.
I know one tier that splits a coffee bean and glues it to the hook shank and then paints it like a lady bug.
Lynn

NDuncan
10-24-2012, 04:51 PM
Great pics. Looks like you had a pretty day to get out. Roaring fork has always been kind to me too. Nice to catch trout not far out of town.
I was noticing that last pic and was wondering if that is a brown. I saw the yellow fins and was wondring. I've never caught one out of RF.
I know one tier that splits a coffee bean and glues it to the hook shank and then paints it like a lady bug.
Lynn


Lynn, Sadly it is not a brown. I think the coloration on the fins is an artifact of the direct sunlight. I should have taken a second picture, but i just snapped one off, didn't even look at at it and then released him back to the water... too much good fishing to stop for lots of pictures! If I HAD caught a brown out of RF I would have made sure that I had good pic, because I am not sure what kind of brown pop that stream has.

Don Kirk
10-24-2012, 07:27 PM
Way back 'o Beyond, many an otherwise compromised trip with the family to Gatlinburg was salvaged fishing at Roaring Fork--even back when LBJ was prez when we often talked about the draft and his war between pools and smoke breaks.
Like good whiskey, Roaring Fork never let me down...

Crockett
10-25-2012, 08:26 AM
Nice report I have fished that one a few times. A couple of months ago I fished up Surry Fork. Was a neat area.

duckypaddler
10-25-2012, 08:45 AM
Nice report I have fished that one a few times. A couple of months ago I fished up Surry Fork. Was a neat area.

You didn't leave a hat there did ya? Freddie found one that looks like one I have seen you with.

Crockett
10-25-2012, 09:01 AM
You didn't leave a hat there did ya? Freddie found one that looks like one I have seen you with.

I don't think so James but I will check that I still have mine when I get home thanks for the heads up. I often carry it in my day pack but don't use it much so it could have fallen out. Sounds like a lot of people fish up in there. I fished a bit in Cosby Creek on Sunday and come back on 40. I had stupidly left my fly box and tippet and such in a gallon ziploc bag in the back of my truck and I saw the bag and tippet spools get airborne in my rear view mirror as I was going down the interstate. Luckily my fly box was too heavy and stayed in the truck bed but the 2 tippet spools I had were out and I saw one rolling down the road behind me right under a semi truck. The other one is on the interstate near that rest area before the bridge over the french broad river past Newport if anyone finds it. It was 5x orvis super strong.

Rog 1
10-25-2012, 09:08 AM
Roaring Fork is a little jewel for sure....last June my buddy and I approached the folks that run that little business as you leave the Park about paying them to park there and start fishing to avoid the loop drive since we always fish the gorge at the lower end...they would have no part of the idea so we are still driving up and around....have mostly fished the lower section (last pull off where there are trees in the pull off) up to the last bridge....this section is not for the faint of heart but there are some real surprised way down there...

duckypaddler
10-25-2012, 11:06 AM
Roaring Fork is a little jewel for sure....last June my buddy and I approached the folks that run that little business as you leave the Park about paying them to park there and start fishing to avoid the loop drive since we always fish the gorge at the lower end...they would have no part of the idea so we are still driving up and around....have mostly fished the lower section (last pull off where there are trees in the pull off) up to the last bridge....this section is not for the faint of heart but there are some real surprised way down there...

Only thing that would be scarier is if that lady carried a shotgun:eek:

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/091.jpg


Prisioner asks "What did you get locked up for"

Man replies, " I was leaf blowing"

Prisioner then says, "Lucky for you that's only 30 days, I was landscasping and got 3 years!":eek:

And she also believes she owns the stream that runs through her property.:frown:

Bran
10-25-2012, 11:23 AM
Too funny! I love to fish there too and have ran into the same problem with the Mill folks before. We do have some relatives that own a week at the time share there and we were lucky to get it a couple of years ago. I was as happy as a witch in a broom factory cause I'd just go out the door, down the stairs and jump in.
Have any of you caught any Specs up toward the fork?

Mac
10-25-2012, 03:28 PM
NDuncan,

Great report and pictures, thanks for taking the time to post.

Its been a really long time since i fished that area, Like some others have stated I always worked my way to the Gorge and spent most my time fishing in that area.

I was really happy to see how fat all the fish you were catching are.

Way back in the day, i am talking back when i fished that area somewhere around the late 80's all the fish i remember were much smaller and skinny, or maybe just the one's i was able to catch at that time were smaller and skinny. :redface:

Thanks again for the report.

HuskerFlyFisher
11-01-2012, 11:10 PM
If you roaring fork enthusiasts are ever interested, I own the oldest known cabin in the southern appalachians, and it's literally sitting on top of the roaring fork. We've caught plenty of meaty stockers right next to the cabin.

Check it out, and come stay sometime:

www.CabinOnRoaringFork.com.

Bran
11-02-2012, 12:01 PM
Is your cabin down on the lower end near the Baptist church?

HuskerFlyFisher
11-07-2012, 12:09 PM
Is your cabin down on the lower end near the Baptist church?

To be honest I don't recall where the Baptist church is. I would guess our cabin to be about a half mile from highway 321 going through Gatlinburg.

whitefeather
11-08-2012, 08:10 PM
HuskerFlyFisher,

Is it open for rental during November, December? Looks real inviting for a weekend getaway for me and the Mrs.

flyred06
11-12-2012, 07:50 PM
I have always loved that creek. I absolutely can not drive around that town without spending sometime in that area. Great post and wonderful pics.

HuskerFlyFisher
11-26-2012, 01:16 AM
HuskerFlyFisher,

Is it open for rental during November, December? Looks real inviting for a weekend getaway for me and the Mrs.

White, there is a calendar on the "reserve now" page. Or you can call Deb at the toll free number and she can fix you up. I try to keep plenty of firewood around there this time of year!

Bran
11-26-2012, 09:17 AM
I rode by and checked it out yesterday before we left town. I didn't stop as there were some folks packing the car in the driveway but it looked good. I was telling my wife about it and wanted her to see it, also find out exactly where it was. We have rented some other places above and below it.

HuskerFlyFisher
11-26-2012, 05:54 PM
I rode by and checked it out yesterday before we left town. I didn't stop as there were some folks packing the car in the driveway but it looked good. I was telling my wife about it and wanted her to see it, also find out exactly where it was. We have rented some other places above and below it.

Try it out some time. It was originally built as a one room cabin around 1800 up in the park. It was disassembled in the early 1930s, moved down the mountain by horse wagon, and all reassembled in but a few days. That's according to Herb Clabo, a guy who is over 100 years old there I'm Gburg who witnessed it all! Amazing !

It is constructed of chestnut, which went extinct about 100 years ago. One wall is splayed out at about a 10 percent angle.

You can hear the roaring fork throughout the cabin, and in the living room it is quite loud because you're basically right on top of it. Nothing quite like trading fish stories over a hot, cracking fire with snow blowing in and that water roaring down the mountain!