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FFM4LIFE 03-16-2008 01:15 PM

I am interested in taking a backpacking/flyfishing trip this coming week. Could any one give me information on where the best place to fish and camp would be?


mtnman2888 03-16-2008 01:41 PM

That's a tough question to answer without some specifics from you. Maybe you should let us know what kind of water you like to fish and what you are looking for in a trip (ex: long walk, brookie fishing on a tight stream, etc.). Just give us an idea of what you're looking for and i'll throw some suggestions out there.


FFM4LIFE 03-16-2008 02:30 PM

I am looking for a moderate hike (2-4 miles). Any kind of fishing will be ok, brookie, rainbow or brown. Not an extremely tight stream. I will be fishing for an hour or so on the way in and for several hours the following day and then hike out.


PeteCz 03-16-2008 04:56 PM

Choices, choices, choices...
Assuming you are interested in backcountry camping and based on your preferences and my limited experience I would recommend these sites, in the following order:

1) Campsite 24 on Little River Trail. Its an easy 4.2 mile hike with lots of fishing options on LR and good elbow room for casting.

2) Campsite 60 on Deep Creek Trail. Its an easier 2.5 mile hike from Deep Creek Rd on Deep Creek. Again, its good fishing and open space to cast in.

3) Campsite 65 on Noland Creek Trail. Its the easiest hike of the three at 1.3 miles from Lakeshore Drive. The stream is a bit smaller than LR and Deep Creek so there is a bit less casting room, and I haven't had tremendous luck catching fish on Noland Creek.

Here are a few more options that I know a bit less about:
1) Campsite 93 on Twentymile Creek Trail. Its 1.8 miles to the campsite. The stream is about the same size as Noland Creek, but seems to have more casting room.

2) Campsite 50 on Chasteen Creek Trail. Its 1.1 miles from the Smokemont campground. Have never fished there, so I'm not sure what the stream looks like, or how well it fishes...

3) Campsites 39 or 40 are both less than 2 miles form Cataloochee rd. They are both above 3000 feet, so they may be a bit cold this coming weekend. I have not fished either site...

There are a few other folks that will probably jump in as well thyat have more extensive experience. Good luck! Let us know where you go, and of course take pictures and post a report when you get back...

sprestwood 03-16-2008 07:50 PM

tight stream
Is a "tight stream" one of those streams that is so narrow you can only cast up and down but not from side to side?

PeteCz 03-16-2008 08:46 PM

To me a tight stream has little, or sometimes no, backcast space and requires planning on how you will even get the fly into the spot you want...roll cast, flip cast, bow and arrow...

Also, any small stream with lots of rhododendron that overhang it, would qualify as tight casting in my book

A couple examples of tight streams would be Road Prong and the West Prong of the Little River [above campsite 18]. While I haven't fished it, from what ijsouth says about cosby creek, above the campground probably qualifies as a tight stream. In fact, most brookie streams seem to be tight casting conditions...

To me, even though Tremont is not as large as some of the other streams in the park, it doesn't feel like a tight stream, but there also aren't many spots that you can get full backcasts, so other peoples definitions may vary.

I like the challenge of tight streams. I can't really explain why...

mtnman2888 03-17-2008 04:48 AM

Those look like some pretty good suggestions as to places to go in my book. Like pete said, let us know where you go and how you do, a report is required!


Rog 1 03-17-2008 01:12 PM

All the above are advice would be to check the elevations of the given sites and possibly choose one of the lower ones....water temps will still be lower up high and this can effect the fishing....

sammcdonald 03-17-2008 05:49 PM

i think 18 on west prong is a great place.....and gives access to west prong and middle prong at gsmit.....
a tight stream is rhododendron creek in greenbriar.

Speckleman5 03-18-2008 01:49 AM

Backcountry this weekend
I plan on going as well don't know if any of my buddies are going to be trekking with me or not, I was thinking somewhere moderately high in elevation...maybe spec country the water has been up a bit lately maybe some trophies as well..... email is if anyone has an itch.

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