Drove up from Alabama on Sunday to renew a supposed annual smokies (been 6 years since the last one together) fishing/backpack trip with an old buddy from Virginia. We met Monday morning for the drive from "Murvul" to Elkmont (with a side trip to Little River Outfitters of course) and on the trail around 1100. My old legs and lungs aint what they used to be but we made it to campsite 24 in just under 2 hours. We got a few hours of fishing in and caught a few small rainbows and browns. I did manage to catch one brown close to 12 inches. Tuesday back out on the stream and caught a nice brown (almost 13 inches) in first pool I fished. Only managed one small rainbow rest of the day. I think I spent most of the day changing flies rather than fishing. Wednesday had a little better luck with numbers but size was small. Thursday was back to reality day as we broke camp and made the walk back to Elkmont stopping numerous times to enjoy the views (and catch my breath) of the deep pools from the trail 30 feet above the water.
Hope to do it again soon. I miss fishing these waters I grew up on before going off to earn a living an eventually ending up banished to the "land of no trout" in Alabama.
I would like to give a shout out to "BUDCARTMAN" whom shared campsite 24 with us on Mon and Tues. He told us about this forum and he apparently lurks here.