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shawnyb32 06-24-2010 10:45 PM

Newbie: just moved from Ohio to Seymour, TN
Hello, my name is Shawn. I have been following the board for quite awhile, and have been waiting for the big move to finally introduce myself. I am a recent graduate from The Ohio State University, and have just made the move, with my wife and three children, from Columbus to Seymour this past weekend. I am somewhat new to the great sport of fly fishing but have enjoyed every minute of the learning experience. I've been dying to get out on to some water, but with unpacking and just figuring out how to get around what has been referred to as the "gates of ****" (Pigeon Forge) on this board, I have been fairly busy. So as far as fishing goes I hope to get some time in next week. I have stopped by the the visitor center and picked up a couple of maps to help scout out some water, and plan on picking up Jim Casada's book to help navigate thru the park. If any one has some suggestions, on where I could start out I would definitely appreciate them. I have been looking into the Road Prong, but I wasn't really sure how crowded it was? I basically have everyday until the beginning of August to fish, that is when I will begin working on a Masters Degree at UT. After that I will just have to fit it into the schedule. Thanks

Jim Casada 06-25-2010 07:05 AM

Shawn--First of all welcome. Fishing this time of year is, generally speaking, better at higher elevations. That's especially true when it is really hot, as it is now. Road Prong isn't a bad choice, especially during the week, and the same holds true for Walker Camp Prong. Don't overlook the less accessible areas of the West Prong of the Little Pigeon such as the gorge which starts at the Chimneys picnic area. Beyond that, you graciously say you plan to buy my book, and in it you'll find details on every stream of much size in the Park.
Jim Casada

kentuckytroutbum 06-25-2010 08:39 AM


Jim C. is an excellent source for fishing the GSMNP. His knowledge and expertise is outstanding on fishing the rivers & streams in the park.

E TN. has an abundant collection of tailwaters below the various TVA dams in Central and East TN. Reading the posts on this forum will give you recent information on the tailwaters, the fish, flies that are currently "hot" items, etc. Trout streams in NC are close by also.

Another great book to obtain would be Ian Rutter's "Tennessee Trout Waters". Almost all of the trout water is covered, along with Ian's analysis of the water, methods & techniques. Ian also has excellent maps to show the roads, access points to the water, and suggested fishing points on the rivers.

Of course, LRO is also an excellent source for info. Byron, Paula, and Daniel will be great people to get to know, and share information.

Good luck, and welcome to TN.

MC1 06-25-2010 09:28 AM


I, too, am new to stream fishing and from one newbie to another, Jim's book has definitely been a tremendous help to me. Not only does the book have great information about the streams in GSMNP, Jim also gives quite a bit of history about the area, which only adds to the overall experience of fly fishing some of the most gorgeous waters in the nation. If you're anything like me, you'll fall in love with the sport and your wife will use the word "obsessed" quite a bit when you have "discussions" about your newfound hobby.


DannyV 06-25-2010 10:31 AM


I also just graduated school (Alfred University, western ny state) and moved to Knoxville. I am dying to get into the park. Finally got settled in with enough money to fish and looking to go ASAP. Maybe even this weekend. I'd love to hook up and fish, not that I have any experience on the small park creeks but its always nice to go with someone, especially when hiking in.


shawnyb32 06-25-2010 02:58 PM

Thanks to everyone for the great comments and suggestions, they are truely appreciated. Dan, let me know when you want to go, and we'll see if we can figure something out.

Trip 06-25-2010 08:31 PM

I'm a newb as well, just started fly fishing in the spring. If ya'll get something going on in the park on a weekend, post up. I am up for some exploration.

Don't usually drift too far off the road normally because I mostly fish by myself, it would be nice to get off the high fished areas.

Owl 06-26-2010 02:54 AM

Just remember, after this heat-wave summer is over - you don't have to go into the back of beyond to find water that isn't pounded. I flipped through Jim's book last time I was in Townsend, and from what I saw in about 2 minutes of flipping, I'll have one here at home for my birthday....oh wife.......dear wife....


Knothead 06-29-2010 03:56 PM

Welcome to Tennessee! I have lived here for a total of 27 years. You will find the folks are very willing to share their expertise and experience. I was born and raised in Ohio- Zanesville and the Columbus area.

I have been given these definitions of Buckeye:
1. Worthless nut.
2. A highly polished nut with no economic value.

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