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doghaircaddis
10-09-2006, 11:45 AM
Being new to the board and fly fishing, I was wondering if anyone had any info on fishing in the Tellico area. *I fished the Little River a couple of weeks ago and although I did well, would like to find an area that is not as crowded. I am considering going to the North or Bald Rivers this Saturday in hopes that the more remote area will spare me the crowds that are present in the GSMNP. Anyone have any suggestions or advice on fishing these rivers? Thanks!

russ
10-09-2006, 01:07 PM
If you fish the bald river, hike in about a mile above the falls. i don't know about water levels or anything but i'd immagine that they'd be in great shape.

doghaircaddis
10-09-2006, 01:59 PM
If you fish the bald river, hike in about a mile above the falls. * i don't know about water levels or anything but i'd immagine that they'd be in great shape. *

Thanks for your advice. I'll let you know how things go.

David Knapp
10-09-2006, 02:04 PM
I fished the Bald River Saturday afternoon for a couple of hours. The water levels are not too bad but the fish were skittish. I managed to fool 10 fish, mostly on a Tellico nymph. The fish were holding fairly deep for the most part.

buzzmcmanus
10-09-2006, 03:18 PM
There is a hog hunt going on in the Tellico River Area (Including the North and Bald Rivers) October 9-16. If you are camping in the area, it will not be quiet. They hunt with dogs and the campsites will be full of barking hounds. If you do go, please remember to wear some blaze orange. Hunters are required to wear 500 inched of it (hat and vest).

justfishing
10-09-2006, 03:35 PM
I think I hear banjos playin' *;) ;)


justfishing
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russ
10-09-2006, 03:59 PM
There is a hog hunt going on in the Tellico River Area (Including the North and Bald Rivers) October 9-16. *If you are camping in the area, it will not be quiet. They hunt with dogs and the campsites will be full of barking hounds. *If you do go, please remember to wear some blaze orange. *Hunters are required to wear 500 inched of it (hat and vest).

That's good to know. I'll be grouse hunting this Saturday.

doghaircaddis
10-09-2006, 04:10 PM
There is a hog hunt going on in the Tellico River Area (Including the North and Bald Rivers) October 9-16. *If you are camping in the area, it will not be quiet. They hunt with dogs and the campsites will be full of barking hounds. *If you do go, please remember to wear some blaze orange. *Hunters are required to wear 500 inched of it (hat and vest).

Thanks for the info. It looks like I'm in for a change of plans >:(.

buzzmcmanus
10-09-2006, 05:27 PM
You can still consider camping in the Indian Boundary Campground. I know they have a quiet time and doubt they would put-up-with a bunch of loud dogs (call them first, I'm don't know for sure). Or, there are individual sites along Citico Creek Road and Doublecamp Creek Road (first come first serve, no fee). Doublecamp Creek is in the bear reserve, and I think North and South fork of Citico Creek are in it also (not 100% certain, but certain enough I'd bet a paycheck that they are). There is no hunting in the bear reserve this weekend. All are great places to get away from the crowds. I would still consider fishing the North and Bald Rivers. Don't let the hunters keep you out of the area. The place is HUGE. I've hunted it for days without running across another person. The hunters will leave you alone, they spend big dollars and 100's of hours training their dogs and have better things to do than bother a fisherman, their dogs and equipment sometimes cost more than their homes. Just don't start wallowing around in the mud oinking and squealling.

doghaircaddis
10-11-2006, 12:38 PM
Well, I've decided to stick with my original plans. I went and fished the GSMNP yesterday, and there was a significant crowd for a Tuesday (very few fisherman). I guess everyone is coming to the park to see the fall colors. The weather is supposed to be great this weekend, and I can only imagine how busy things will be. I guess I'll just take my chances with the hog hunt. I won't be camping so things should be all right.

Grumpy
10-12-2006, 08:06 AM
I'm with buzzsaw, i love the Tellico area, mainly because it dosen't have the crowds.
I leave it along during the hunts, those guys spend more time listening to their radars & will run ya off the road if you're not careful. When there isn't any hunting going on, you think you're the only one there at times. ;D
Oh yeh, use caution in setting up your camp, it's a pain, we usually break down every morning & load it up, i've talked to quite a few that came back to nothing.
If you do backcountry camping, the problem isn't quite as bad.

Grumpy

doghaircaddis
10-14-2006, 08:44 PM
I arrived in Tellico Plains aroung 10 this morning. I stopped and fished the Tellico for about an hour before heading up to the Bald. As I was fishing, I heard something behind me rummaging around in the leaves. I turned around trying to catch a glimpse of whatever it was, and out of the bushes came a boar. It briskly walked right past me and alongside the river for about 50 yds, then turned up the slope and went back into the woods. A pack of dogs followed after about 15 minutes. Anyway, I didnt as well as I was hoping on the Tellico. I only caught one bow that was about 11". After that, I went up to the falls and hiked for about 35 minutes then began fishing. The water was much colder than I had expected it to be. I guess that was one of the reasons the fish seemed to be so inactive. None of the fish were rising. There were also several leaves in the stream. Fishing was pretty difficult, especially for a novice like myself.

Final Score: Bald River 1, Doghaircaddis 0

Everything's copacetic though. I was surrounded by some incredible scenery. Plus I got to see a splendid pig. What a day!

Grumpy
10-15-2006, 08:12 AM
Darn fine report there DHC, it's not all about the fishing, sounds like a fine day in the outdoors to me.

Grumpy

David Knapp
10-15-2006, 12:47 PM
That area is really beautiful. I always enjoy fishing there even when the catching is off. Thanks for the report!

russ
10-16-2006, 11:23 AM
I went grouse hunting WAY above Bald River on Saturday. I saw a hog with 1 dog chasing it. The actual hog hunt was on the other side of the area, about 20 miles away. Those dogs sure can run a hog can't they.