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cardfly 07-12-2010 07:57 PM

Road Prong
Howdy everyone,

Heading down for my last trip till fall. The plan is to hit Road Prong trail at sun up. Any suggestions on the trail would be appreciated. I have Mr. Casadas' book and that is very helpful. Hoping to fish till mid day, take a break and then fish in the evening.

Hoping for good conditions.



david54 07-12-2010 08:15 PM

yes anything yellow. fish it a week ago . very nice, fish not big but willing.:smile:

pineman19 07-12-2010 08:27 PM


FYI, 1.68 inches of rain fell at Newfound Gap last night and earlier today. Being as that water levels were pretty low before this event, I wouldn't think water levels would be too high, but looking at the river gauge at Sevierville the water level went from 1.26 feet to 2.44 feet in less than a day. Good luck and post a report if you have a chance.


Jim Casada 07-12-2010 08:43 PM

Cardfly--Thanks for the gracious comments. It fell a flood on this side of the mountains today, and all the streams I check (five of them in the Cherokee and Brycon City area) were running very high and muddy. However, the rain was needed and the streams will clear and lower in a hurry, given how dry it has been.
I've been catching fish on yellow attractor patterns, hoppers with a yellow body, and Prince nymphs.
Jim Casada

jeffnles1 07-12-2010 10:28 PM

Glad the mountains got some much needed rain. Wish we had some here in Kentucky. It's hot and dry here.


cardfly 07-12-2010 10:43 PM

Jeff, thought we were going to get some rain in Louisville tonight but looks like it will miss us. Maybe it will head your way.

I hope Road Prong isn't washed out, I'm looking for a place to fish all day. Got my backpack loaded and need to get away. Hoping to do a sun up to almost sun down kind of day. (that kind of rhymes,:cool: I may send it to Garth Brooks and let him write a song)

School is getting ready to start and I need some mountain relaxation.

duckypaddler 07-13-2010 01:17 AM

Check the level at the Chimney's online
Why bother with data from a watershed away when the good beta is just a click away

Anything below 1.2 is fine & totally worth it:smile:

The last 30 days

duckypaddler 07-13-2010 01:20 AM

And forgot to mention
3-4 hours from 3rd to 4th bridge, and maybe another 2.5 to 3 from 4th to 5th bridge.

And yes as you can see the level will be just fine.

Have a great Time and send us a report

nvr2L8 07-13-2010 01:16 PM


At what level do you break out the kayak?

duckypaddler 07-13-2010 01:34 PM

I personally don't do Road or West Prongs

Originally Posted by nvr2L8 (Post 83129)

At what level do you break out the kayak?

They are solid Class 5 runs. I have buddies who get at least 50 laps down it a year though.

As for kayakable levels they are tight on both these runs. 1.7 at Chimneys in min and by the time you get to 2.4 it's already maxed out, although madmen get on it higher all the time (they have every move memorized which is what you need at 15 mph down the river)

I'd guess 3 feet is somewhere near a min for Road Prong but I'm sure there is a better stick guage on site.

1.2 was my fishing max, but .8 feels like the perfect level from what I remember

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