Re: trip report
There were several people fishing along the road. I started fishing upstream from the end of the road and fished over a mile without getting behind other people. I believe a couple of guys had hiked farther up. There is plenty of fishable water so even if there are a lot of people, you can find some solitude. I definately recommend hiking though...
Good luck and post a report when you get back. I'll be back up to the Smokies in a couple of weeks myself!