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    What is your opinion on the best books on Park fishing, history, camping, etc. ?? I have no books on the Park yet (other than Last Train to Elkmont) and want to get some more books. What should be my first choices?

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    camping and woodcrafting by horace kephart is still as good now as it was 100 years ago.....believe the forward is by jim casada...
    history, i still like margaret brown's the wild east...
    fishing jim casada's new book and ian rutter's green book fishing in the gsmnp

    stop by sugarlands and take a look at your choices....we'll help ya.
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    Hazel Creek Then And Now is a good one and so is a book by Wiley Oakly the title of which eludes me.Chris Camuto wrote an excellent book on the failed Red Wolf re-introduction program that helped me figure out what the fenced in areas were that I came across way up Thunderhead Prong in the early 90's.

    My favorite book about the region is On The Spine Of Time and my favorite old Smoky Mtn. character is Dan Lawson who once haunted the ridges and balds above Cades Cove.

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    I thought Jim Casada's book on the park was good. It had a good mix of history and fishing.

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    Great Smoky Mountains National Park Angler's Companion by Ian Rutter...best book on fishing the park that I have found.

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    Jim's and Ian's books are both great. I would definitely get both of those if you don't have them.

    They have both been very willing to give insight and share their knowledge through emails with me in the past. I am appreciative to both of them.



    Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueRaiderFan View Post
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park Angler's Companion by Ian Rutter...best book on fishing the park that I have found.
    I agree with you that Ian Rutter's book is the best.

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    He does leave out some specifics that I have to come to this board for, but still a good starting point.

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    For my recent birthday I received some of the best gifts I have ever gotten for a birthday. My wife tried to order me Jim Casada's book and accidentally ordered me Jim Gasques book because it mentioned Jim's forward in the title. I cannot put this book down and have almost finished it! I plan to read it again and agian. The history and fishing combination are excellent and although I am not a hunter I still find that part interesting. Also I finally picked up a copy of the official map of the park (#229) and cant believe I have never bought one as it has all of the information I have ever wanted as far as trails, campgrounds and feeder streams. Everyone that frequents this board probably has one or at least should! I also got Ian Rutters book and find it to be a helpful handbook. Thanks to all of the reccomendations from everyone as I cant wait to build my library!

    Oh, and by the way, I have just ordered Jim Casada's book as well and am looking forward to reading it next!

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    Shaggy--In addition to books already mentioned, you might want to consider Michael Frome's Strangers in High Places, Jim Gasque's Hunting & Fishing in the Great Smokies (recently reprinted), Ken Wise"s Hiking Trails of the GSMNP if you can find it--it"s out of print and scarce but is far and away the best book on Park trails). Hattie Caldwell Davis's books on Cataloochee, Lanche Holland's Fontana, and that is just a start. If you are a serious reader there's a 20 or 30 page annotated bibliography in my Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: An Insider's Guide to a Pursuit of Passion, which will give you a much fuller guide to the literature on the region.
    Jim Casada
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