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BamaBum 03-10-2008 05:37 PM

Fished Chimney Tops Lately?
My wife and I are coming up this weekend and I want to do little fishing. I Have fished Greenbrier and Porter's Creek allot. I have read about Chimney Tops being a great place to fish. Is it this time of year and what is hatching right now? Is the water back up from the very dry summer?

Thanx for any tips or advise!!!!

sammcdonald 03-10-2008 06:00 PM

be ready to boulder hop.....use caution if it looks like rain.

nvr2L8 03-10-2008 07:14 PM

West Prong Little Pigeon
I have not been up to WPLP (runs from the Chimney Tops trailhead) this year but from what I have seen of the rainfall in the upper elevations, there should be plenty of water and then some. While this is one of my favorite places to fish in the park so far, I have not really seriously fished it yet this spring as the water temps are still probably pretty low (higher elevations and snow melt). If you go up there, be sure and post a report; I'd love to hear how it fishes this early.

BTW, the boulder hopping is one of my favorite features of this stream.

BamaBum 03-10-2008 08:36 PM

Charlie B

Thanx for the encouragement. I have not fished this area at all. Do I need to hike a bit before I start fishing?

sammcdonald 03-10-2008 08:48 PM

no, you can start right there////once, long ago when i was 10 feet tall and bullet proof.........i took the old manway from the chimneys picnic area (then campground) to the chimney tops////////now i'm vulnerable...use care in the lil pigeon up there

BamaBum 03-10-2008 09:00 PM

I plan on it.....I was going for my fist slam last summer and my fun was interrupted by reality when I found myself on a rock that a copperhead wanted really bad.....I let him have the rock, but it was after I broke my rod trying to defend myself and poking at him to slow him down from his charge at me. That day I got a new St. Croix Rod, completed my first slam, and learned a lesson in caution and vulnerability (I am glad nobody was around when the snake showed up, cause I screamed like a 7th grade girl at a Justin Timberlake Concert ;D)

pineman19 03-10-2008 09:03 PM


There is some great water up by the Chimneys picnic area and upstream as well. Myself, this early in the season I would focus on the WPLP from just upstream of Gatlinburg to the Quiet Walkways below the picnic area. I just think (I could be wrong) that the water temps will be too cold up by the picnic area this early in the season. The stream gains a great deal of elevation between the picnic area and south Gatlinburg and that will make the water at least a few degrees cooler in higher reaches of the stream. I would try down lower and if have some success you can always move upstream to try some different water. I highly recommend that you buy a temperature guage to check the water temps and see what works and doesn't work.

Good luck,


BamaBum 03-10-2008 09:33 PM

Thanx Neal, I use a temp gauge allot. Thanx for the tip on the picnic area also.

PeteCz 03-10-2008 09:59 PM


Originally Posted by BamaBum (Post 49098)
I screamed like a 7th grade girl at a Justin Timberlake Concert

...Humor goes along way around here...

I second Sam's, Charlie's and Neal's comments and would add this, as well: Don't overlook the in-between...There is some great water in between the Picnic area and the Sugarlands. Just park at one of the "Quiet walkways" on the way up to Newfound Gap from the Sugarlands and walk down to the stream. Its amazing how few people you will see so close to the the road (out of sight, out of mind).

I'm a huge fan of the stream from the picnic area right up and through Road Prong, but I think the water is still too cold. I would wait later in the month to attempt it. But check out the Quiet Walkways, you'll be pleasantly surprised...

Indianapolis Fisherman 03-10-2008 11:51 PM

The picnic area is great
Last summer, a friend and I fished the Clinch River with a guide. We asked our guide to suggest an easy place to fish inside the park. He recommended the Chimney picnic area. We took his advice and had great luck!

Access is extremely easy in the picnic area and there is plenty of water to fish. Our guide suggested getting there early in the morning. He said that as lunch-time approaches, the stream fills-up with splashing kids and the fish stop eating. He was exactly right. From 7:00 until 10:00 we had the place to ourselves. Sometime around 10:30, it got crowed and the fish quit biting.

Iíve also tried fishing upstream of the Chimney trailhead. The terrain there is very rough. You have to hike in the stream as the brush on the banks is impenetrable. The stream is very steep and you have to do quite a bit of climbing. I learned that Iím too clumsy to fish there. Every time I approached a new pool, I spooked all of the fish -- it was kind of fun to watch them all run for cover. If you are sneaky, youíll probably do well. For me, it was a great place to go creek stompiní but a hard place to fish. Next time, Iíll leave the rod in the car.

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