Speck Lover--First of all, as someone who is too "sot in his ways" to ever call those jewels of the Smokies brook trout (for me, like you, they are specks, or speckled trout, or natives, or best of all, mountain trout), I love your "handle." Beyond that, welcome, and it sounds like your roots run, as do mine, deep in the mountain soil. I see below that Old Tom has mentioned Lance Holland's book. While not a native of the region, Lance researched quite deeply, worked at Fontana Village for a number of years, and still lives on nearby Panther Creek. If you are deeply interested in the subject, there are two earlier books of note as well. One is "The Village of Five Lives" (that's close if not the exact title) and the second is the massive TVA final report, "The Fontana Project." It runs to many hundreds of pages and is chock full of intriguing information although it is anything but gripping reading.
I look forward to your posts and insights.