View Full Version : Opening Day in the Greenbrier

08-27-2013, 01:33 PM
Saturday I decided last minute that I would go fishing. Afterall, it was opening day for the Greenbrier road, and the fish have had rest and no sore lips for a couple of weeks.

I tried to get the usual suspects to fish, but some were out of town, had plans, while another chose picnicking over fishing:eek: I even texted a few LRO members but they already were on the water, or hanging with family. So off I drove to the mountains.

In trying to keep my post more "proper" here is the shot on the way.

Don't see these everyday!


And if that's not familiar I bet this is. Least I was turning in Sevierville


Now I'm supposed to give you a hint shot. I call this Big Tree on top of Big Rock


Not sure why I'm supposed to put this next pic but here goes.


It felt nice and cool in that last shot:rolleyes:

I didn't take a pic of the trail, but there was a deer crossing the road at the trailhead. Hope that's good enough


I put in a little lower than I typically put in. After 10 minutes of some sketchy climbing which included a 5 foot leap over a 15-20 foot drop I soon realized why Freddie had his in point a bit upstream. Didn't take a pic until I was above it


Sweet water right above it. The first hole I first fished is in the background of the above shot.

Not much of a start but a start none the less


And my first Brookie


Here's you some waterfall and plunge pools


And back downstream


Will continue

08-27-2013, 01:48 PM
Saw a cool Woolly Worm on some moss on a rock midstream.


The fishing was awesome. I had been wondering why I haven't had many days with really big numbers this year as opposed to the last:confused: Then I figured it out as I was reeling in fish after fish, I haven't been fishing by myself much this year:rolleyes:



Then I had something weird happen There was a midstream boulder that has a washtub shape which held 4 inches or so of water. It was 2 feet above current water level. I'm not sure if I caught a double and one flung off into the pool or if one was previously trapped there. But as I was taking a fish off I notice the other fish. I took there pictures then released them to the main stream


They were mostly hitting the dry, but just enough on the dropper to make you keep it on






So many hole to fish. I had to pass up a bunch of them because I was already going slow. 2-3 fish per hole will do that to you;)

08-27-2013, 01:51 PM


Just One more hole


08-27-2013, 02:11 PM
Thanks for the report Ducky and the great pictures, looks like the fish have sore lips again !

08-27-2013, 03:34 PM
Thanks for the report Ducky and the great pictures, looks like the fish have sore lips again !

Only 60-80 of them:rolleyes: That meant I left 95+% of them untouched for Nathan on Sunday:smile:

David Knapp
08-27-2013, 03:53 PM
Man I miss that area! Thanks for sharing such a great trip. Those solo days can be very rewarding in their own way...

08-27-2013, 05:35 PM
Only 60-80 of them:rolleyes: That meant I left 95+% of them untouched for Nathan on Sunday:smile:

and yet only two hit the neversink on sunday....kind of like they had recently seen that...hmmmm.

The pink weenie on the other hand!

08-27-2013, 07:08 PM
and yet only two hit the neversink on sunday....kind of like they had recently seen that...hmmmm.

The pink weenie on the other hand!

I used a yellowhammer dropper all day. I know if I hadn't seen pink in weeks I'd be after it.

08-27-2013, 08:13 PM
Great post DP, great pics, even the ones driving in bring back a lot of trips. I know what you mean about fishing by yourself, I've taken my brother up there a couple of times, and of course being a good guide, he caught more than I did. Thanks for posting.

08-27-2013, 09:26 PM
Excellent report DP!

08-28-2013, 02:01 PM
Great report and great pictures. Thanks for sharing.


08-29-2013, 01:58 PM
I get the Duckpaddler fishing guide for Labor day weekend. Glad you are getting your fix in so you can coach me. :cool:

Counting the days, hours, min until I can get out of here and start heading south for a day on the water with my fishing guide. :biggrin:

Lord willing and the Creek don't rise.

09-03-2013, 03:40 PM
I haven't fished this area at all. I'm heading down for a backpacking trip in early November but might give this a shot the day before I hit the trail.

I'm unfamiliar with the Greenbrier Road's opening. Is this a new unmaintained path or was the area just closed for a while? I've taken my Outback on every gravel road in the park that I knew of.

I see some grey road marked restricted on JoeFred's LPRLP and LPRMP maps, but I can't find where the road 'starts' and how far you can drive.

- Matt -

09-04-2013, 12:17 PM
The road (car road) into Greenbrier Ranger district was closed for about 2 weeks in August from the ranger station up for them to do work on the roads (i think they replaced a culvert/bridge going up porters as well.) So really this was "Re-opening" day because no one was able to fish up there for those 2 weeks...at least without a SERIOUS hike.

The road used to open pretty much to ramses branch, but that was changed long ago. Some of the older topos still indicate the road going further up. A glance at the parks trail map will show you where you can currently drive to.

09-04-2013, 02:11 PM
Thanks NDuncan. :biggrin: