Originally Posted by jeffnles1
It's not a difficult walk at all. Take the road up by Tremont (about 50 yards past the "Y" heading toward Cades Cove. The stream runs right by the road. If you want to walk a little, go to the end of the gravel road. There are two paths that go along the rivers. Either one is easy to access. The one to the left is a little more difficult to get to the stream, but the paths are very level. Very pretty water up there. Actually, all of that stream up by Tremont is pretty water. Lots of pools, riffles, plunge pools, just a pretty place to spend a day fishing.
If you took the trail to the right, you went over toward Thunderhead prong. I haven't had a great deal of luck there. If you take the trail to the left after crossing the wooden bridge at the horse trailer park, you'll be going up toward Lynn Camp Prong. Much better fishing over there. You have to hike up a bit to find easy access. After you pass "The Cascades" on your left - I think it's about 3/4 mile up the trail - the stream comes back closer to the trail. This is the section they're going to close later this year. If you hike in far enough, you'll be into some good Brookie water.
On you way back up though, you might want to try the section right above the Institute, shortly after the start of the gravel road. I've consistently had good luck through this section.
Hope this helps.