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    Default Smokey's in the heat of the summer .......

    We are planning on being in the Smokey's for a couple of days at the end of July, beginning of August, this summer. I am looking for advice for fishing at that time of the year and a recommendation for a cabin that accepts reservations for only one or two nights. I only anticipate being able to fish for one or two evenings/mornings as we will want to explore the park, etc., as well.

    Thanks,
    David

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    Default Fishing in July/August

    David,

    Two words - go high! Anything up in the vicinity of the Chimney Tops trailhead and above fishes well throughout the summer. Either West Prong of the Little Pigeon (trailhead and down), Road Prong (up the Chimney Tops trail) and Walker Camp Prong (along highway 441 towards Newfound Gap above the Chimney Tops trailhead) all are primo spots. And all these places are easily accessible for quick fishing in the morning and evenings.

    Check stream conditions - any stream under 65 degrees is a good bet.
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    Thanks. Are most of the high streams canopied or are some of them open? I am trying to get a feel for what rods to pack, I want to take the bare minimum.

    - David
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    David, nvr2l8 is right on about the best fishing being up high, but don't think you have to run all the way up the mountain to catch fish. I fish a couple evenings a week, during summer, within 20 minutes of Townsend, and still catch quite a few fish. A good rod to bring would be an 8.5 foot 4 weight. It will fish anywhere in the park. But everyone has opinions about what they prefere. I personally use a 7.5 foot 3 weight for most my fishing. You may want to checkout http://www.tiptoncabins.com/index.html for a cabin rental if you're looking for the Townsend area.
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    WPLP has a high canopy but lots of rhododendrons along the bank. The higher you get, the closer the canopy gets.

    I use a 7'9" 4wt for most streams in the Smokies, the exception being Little River where I'll break out the 8'6" 5wt from time to time.
    Charlie B

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    Little River above Elkmont will be good that time of year. I do most of my Smokies fishing with an 8 or 9 foot 4 weight or a 9 foot 5 weight... You'll be glad for the extra length on all but the smallest of streams. If you'll only be fishing dries, bring a 3 or 4 weight...
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    We have a number of rods, but it be nice to only take two rods with us. We would really like to get in both a morning and evening session. We are used to fishing the spring creeks in the Driftless Area so small and tight are not a problem. Our fish get a longer and clearer view of dinner, and they are pickier. Your trout, no doubt, will have their own different set of challenges.

    We are very much looking forward to our short venture into your waters.

    Thank you for the advice,
    David
    Last edited by David Dornblaser; 06-01-2009 at 10:59 AM.
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