Two weeks ago, we fished LeConte Creek, Roaring Fork, a bit of Little River, and Cosby Creek - spread over 4 days, and never once saw a SINGLE fisherman!
My dad always comments about how there are NO FISHERMEN in the Smokies and always asks me "why".
Aren't perceptions funny?
My dad does make comments like "I really wonder about the fish populations here" because he will go a whole day only catching a fish or two. But his 12-year old grandson (my son), easily hauls in 7-8 on an outing.
Then he will say things like "I can show you streams like this in CO where I will pull out more nice fish in half an hour than I do here all day."
I am partial to the Smokies because that's where my cabins are, and I love the climate.
Another thing I like about the Smokies is that it's really year-round fly fishing because the streams are spring-dependent rather than snow-dependent; there are a lot of times when the CO streams have swelled so high they aren't fishable.
So I *think* that fly fishing is much more of a year-round deal in the Smokies than the Rockies.