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    Default "Backcountry" 150yds. from your car!

    Yes, it's true, want a backcountry experience 150yds from your car?
    Here's how:
    Drive from Sugarlands towards the chimneys picnic area. When you get to the turn off for the picnic area turn your car around and head back towards Sugarlands. When you get a mile or so back down pull over at any place you can. You know where the river is although there are NO trails and cannot see/hear the river. Make a bee-line through the dense woods (yes, I can attest, there are bears there) until you start hearing and seeing the river. Fish this gorgeous piece of water back up to the bridge at the picnic area, get out, and walk the road back to your car.
    It's one of the few places in the park where you can fish without hiking too far that doesn't have rocks with all the moss worn off by felt soles and downright fishy to boot!
    Anybody else done this?

    4X

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    It was overlooked and could stay that way if not slathered across the pages of an internet forum. Next time you go and have company you will understand

    Been there done that one back in the days when I enjoyed the park. Those days are long gone. Glad it is there for y'all to enjoy however.

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    Anybody else done this?
    Yes, and so will a horde of others now.

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    Yes I've fished it. I didn't bushwack though. There are about a dozen quiet walk ways with paths leading down to the river on that side of the road. Just look for the paved pull outs
    Last edited by flyman; 06-19-2009 at 01:38 PM.
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    "Anybody else done this?
    Yes, and so will a horde of others now.

    "It was overlooked and could stay that way if not slathered across the pages of an internet forum. Next time you go and have company you will understand"

    That's what ya''ll thought, Huh. That's were I"ve been going when LRO sends everyone to Elkmont! With the increase in fisherpeople (to be PC), thar ain't too many places that are really secret that someone hasn't found before ya. I'll take a passel of peppers with the slathering onions on my steak(:>)

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    I have fished there, but since you can hear the Harleys and smell the brakes being burnt up, I would not consider it back country. And there are several people that go down there, it's very rare that I don't see another fisherman in there. If go on up stream the trails disappear and it gets fairly rough, and most fishermen won't go that far. It's no secret, if you stop in sugarland and ask for a good fishing spot, that's where they tell you to go. Like anyplace else in the park, hike in about 1-2 miles and you leave the crowds behind you. But its infested with snakes so I wouldn't fish there!

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    Long before LRO was even in existence myself and Ian haunted that river along with a ton more waters which got zero pressure. That changed dramatically in a short period of time and I decided the tiny fish weren't worth the hassle of other folks and the drive.

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    The first time I every fished it (early to middle 60's maybe?) the picnic area was still a campground. It actually may have received more fishing pressure then than it does now The average fish may have been a little bit bigger, but I think that's because catch, keep, and fry was the norm then. Would have gone good with those peppers and onions KY
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