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    Default last minute hike to Big South Fork

    I know it ain't GSMNP, but you guys would likely know more about it than anyone else!

    Just found out some friends of mine are planning on going to the BSF this weekend for a hike. I think I'll go along. The leader of the pack (vroom, vroom...couldn't help it) said it's on the TN side. So I'm still waiting for more info from him. However what can you guys tell me about the fishing (and the hiking). Bring a flyrod or small spinning? Any chance I could catch fish to eat for supper? and so on...

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    Watch your step. Here's a buddy of mine from my last trip there.



    I hear there is some good smallmouth fishing, but I have never fished there. It's a beautiful area. Enjoy yourself.
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    ARE YOU SERIOUS!!! I don't mind snakes, but that's getting serious! When I say "snakes" I mean the kind without fangs...I'm gonna try to send this to my buds going on the hike .

    I think we are leaving from the Bandy Creek (sp) and traveling John Muir. Any fish around those areas?

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    I think Big South Fork has to have one of the highest populations of rattlers. Everyone I have ever talked to has seen them there. It is a beautiful place full of cliffs and rocks so it is a prime place. I have also never fished there but would like to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmreeves View Post
    I think Big South Fork has to have one of the highest populations of rattlers. Everyone I have ever talked to has seen them there. It is a beautiful place full of cliffs and rocks so it is a prime place. I have also never fished there but would like to.
    And ticks, and chiggers, and mosquitoes, and scorpions... all the good stuff!

    If memory serves me correctly, John Muir trail follows the rim of the canyon and stays well above the water...
    I got no style, I'm strictly roots.

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    So Carlito, do you think it'll be hard to get water?

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    I have a friend who got bit by a copperhead up there so beware...definitely lots of snakes in that area...
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    To echo P.A.'s post, I fished and hiked the Ky end and ALMOST ALWAYS see Copperhead. I used to drive the roads around Rock Creek, in Ky and toward the Tenn State Park, to shoot copperhead in the cool evenings. I saw a lot of Copperhead but no Rattlers. Having been "BIT" after stepping on one, I have great respect for them. Just watch your hands and feet and enjoy, I would not let the snakes keep me away (repeat) Just watch hands and feet. The trip there will probably be more dangerous.

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    I'm really not certain... I wish I could tell you for sure. If I were you, I'd take along "the basics" in a day pack just in case. I'd pack a handful of streamers and maybe some poppers and terrestrials, but that is pure speculation. I've never actually fished there. You probably could get by without waders also.
    I got no style, I'm strictly roots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jross View Post
    So Carlito, do you think it'll be hard to get water?
    Do you mean drinking water?
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