Now I have to admit, I'm not nearly as jealous of a week long front country trip, as I was of a week long backcountry, but it looks like you had a good time none the less. We had some weird rain last week that on the TN side. Cataloochee, and Big Creek got huge amounts of rain (Big Creek ran at a kayakable level for 2 days after rain), Greenbrier did OK with rain, and Little & Tremont were barely touched. Definately pays to know your stream & rain gauges.
Don't feel bad about the lack of larger fish. I fish the Smokies maybe 40 times a year, and my largest fish yet has been a 12 3/4 incher
That Brown was beautiful!