Hey Jack (JAB)...
I think DH water would fit what you were looking for perfectly. Didn't a rather large rainbow come out of Hesse a few years ago, supposedly?
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elkhaircaddis-The Park does not do any stocking and has notfor many years. They do transplant specks. Any hatchery fish in the Park, and there are lots of them, made their way upstream from state waters in N. C. or TN or from the Cherokee reservation. Many years ago (40+ I think) there were one or two streams in the Park which had sections set aside for youngsters under the age of 16.
That's interesting, Jim. I wonder if such could become the case again. I am thinking in particular about the section of the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon (Greenbrier) downstream of the ranger station an area, as you know, not particularly attractive to more experienced anglers. I would think a 12 year old would be delighted to share in biology class about catching a trout in the Smokies with an aquatic insect imitation... regardless if it's a Pittman Center homer.
Last edited by JoeFred; 11-10-2010 at 07:58 PM.
I hate to be negative on this, but stocking by the parks service of non natives probably will not happen. They are following a more strict park mission nowadays. As I have previously stated it's main mission is to interfere as little as practical. You will be surprised to hear about all the people I have encountered over the years not understanding this mission. They ask me when will they stock next? Where can I find lodging in the park? I usually tell them, camping or call a year in advance to the lodge! Lol. A lot of visitors to the park think it's just that. A park. They don't understand that it is unmanaged wilderness with some recreational activities allowed.
I'm not necessarily in agreement with park service about all the polices, but stocking of fish, besides brookies and the other natives won't happen in our lifetime.
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Hans, I'm over the idea of stocking. I agree with the reasoning. I'm just referring to areas in which TWRA's fish might come into play. Was constructing boundary barriers ever done or considered?
I 'bout forgot to ask. Where is the signup sheet for the lodge.
After rereading your post I realized that I misunderstood you. My apologies. Well, I have caught one stocker bow, right upstream of the bridge about 400 yards inside the park boundary. It was in October of 2009. So, without being stocked but receiving spill over fish it's a good place to take a kid fishing. Check the stocking schedule for that area. I know they stock in the spring as well as in the fall.
Ah, Beaverdam. This coming spring I'm going to hit it right. I have been trying to fish the Green Drake hatch on that river for two consecutive springs. Both times, it was muddy and high from storms. It is very prone to flash flooding and gets muddy easily. I assume from the agriculture runoff in Shady Valley.
As for stocking the lower section, it might not do well. Flows get very low, and since the water is far from the Springs at Blackberry water temp would most likely be a factor. Might work as a winter stocking, but stream features don't look all that trouty to me. Have you checked this out in person, or just glancing from a map?