thanks for the replies ya'll.
Ducky I don't have your email but would love to hear your ideas/suggestions. here's mine; jeremy.ross at hotmaildotcom
yeah the high water was a little worrysome when my boy was with me. I think the best fish I caught were sub surface fishing. Dry fly fishing was almost out of the questioin.
One strange issue I run into is that my last experience fishing the smokies was in August. Hot and low water. So after a long winter absence I now fish cooler and higher water. I guess it'll just take some time to get back into the swing of things....though, my little boy (4) really wants to eat some "shish". Normally I can catch enough to give us a few fish dinners. Not yet this year.