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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    irvine ky

    Default defending the smokies as a fishery

    talked to Darrell--he said catching 4" rainbows was not his thing--he fished tailwaters,10-15 inchers--trophy browns--I agreed-BUT Little River gives up Trophies,fish that will keep you coming back forever--besides I just like the place,the Smokies -the streams--thereis no reason to argue the betterness of one place opposed to another--if you measure the goodness of a fishing place by the weight of a stringer of stocked fishthen you may as well be buying them at Kroger,because they were not born in that place,so they are an artificial catch---kind of like kissing your sister--not much of a charge---

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Northern Kentucky


    I don't have a sister so I'm not too sure what kissing her would be like

    However, not all forms of fishing are for everyone. I have buddies who get a big charge out of tossing crank baits off the deck of a high powered bass boat. I know other guys who really enjoy globbing a hunk of stink bait on a hook and hauling in big catfish. I even have one friend who gets a kick out of chumming in a bunch of carp with corn and catching 40lb carp on ultralight spinning gear (he looses more than he brings in).

    Personally, I would prefer to catch a 4" wild rainbow from a mountain stream than a larger stocked trout. However, I live an hour away from a stocked tailwater and 6 hours from the Smokies. The math is pretty simple regarding which I do most frequently.

    To be very honest, my favorite fly fishing is going after bluegill. A hand sized bluegill on a 3wt rod is a hoot. For just plain good old fashioned fishing fun, it's hard to beat bluegill.

    I don't really feel a need to defend or jcriticize any fishery. If someone has fun doing it and it's legal, more power to them. In the end, we're all pretty much the same, we're a bunch of people who love to fish, who get skunked more than we care to admit, and occassionally catch either a big fish or on those rare days a lot of fish just enough to keep us chasing the dragon and coming back.

    If everyone liked the same style of fishig, the lake, stream, river, tailwater would become mighty crowded.

    Yes, the Smokeis are special. The area is where I want to spend my days after I retire. I could wake up every morning for however many mornings the Lord is going to give me and be perfectly content looking out my window at these mountains. When the Lord does call me home (I hope many years from now), I'd be happy to be buried there.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Ona WV


    Hey, I am easy. I think it is all good. Carp, Bluegill, Crappie, Bass, Saugeye, Bowfin, Trout, whatever, And I am a huge Catfish fan.
    Mountain streams, ponds, big rivers, small rivers, creeks, lakes, tail waters, though the ice.
    In the boondocks, downtown at the River Park, up the mountain.
    Live bait, cut bait, lures, flys, liver, stink bait, soap, corn, dough balls, I have even used tin foil.
    Fly rods, cat poles, bass sticks, cane poles, hand lines, ultralights.....
    Wading, sitting, boating, floating.
    Sun, rain, snow, tornado warning, fog, lightening, day, night, winter, summer, spring, and fall.
    Catch them, not catch them, keep 'em, CPR 'em.

    I am just a junkie, No such thing as bad fishing.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Seymour, TN


    I have to admit that I agree with Marvin, although I have not tried all of his methods, yet.

    But I am stuck on fly fishing for wild trout. I love the solitude of a mountain stream. Fishing with a bunch of people on a tailwater, or lake, can be fun, but I would rather only see the buddies I came to the hole with.

    Any day fishing is better than any day doing something else.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Sevier Co., TN


    Today I headed to Cosby (played hookey), then over to Tremont. Nothing is as cool as catching 7-9 inch brookies in a cramped and
    b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l stream like Cosby Creek.

    I've had 15-17 inch browns from the Little River,
    Today I caught two of the largest 'bows I've ever caught in the park above the Institute (both 13 inches).

    I've had 9" fish on the Holston and Clinch. Now that, on a large water, is tiny.

    So, think of it in a relative manner. On a small stream, with a two weight, those "monster 13s" were, in fact, huge. On a tailwater, say the Clinch, those 13 inchers with a four weight are, well, 13 inchers.

    I learned to fish in the GSMNP and I believe that set the bar. If I am successful in the park then I can be successful anywhere. And I have been (here I am ignoring the learning curve that any new water presents).

    Ok, so there's my brief two cents. And wow, I rambled. But long story, I believe the GSMNP to be a wonderful fishery.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Maryville, TN


    Well in my opinion for what it worth, as a person that enjoys several types of fishing from fishing bass tournaments, jig poling for big ole paper mouth's, role casting crickets for bream, diving down and wrestling big cats "noddling", bowfishing for monster gar and carp, to my newest addiction of fly fishing in the smokies. I think they are all different in there own right and have there place. I just moved up here about 4 weeks ago and spend at least 4 afternoons in the mountains chasing these trout through what I am convinced of is some of the most beautiful beautiful scenery that God created. Last weekend I took a trip up about two miles passed chimney tops and was in total awe of everything, the mountains, the scenery, the sound of the stream, and I couldn't stop thinking how truly blessed I am to even get to experience such an amazing feeling of peace, and solitude. As far as I am concerned nothing could come close to the aspect. But when I want to just hang out with some friends and through a few back while wetting a hook I would probably do some other kind of fishing.
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