I was transferred from Pennsylvania to North Carolina six years ago and instantly feel in love with the GSMNP! The opportunity to fish in remote areas is so much greater than in PA. Donít get me wrong PA has great limestone spring creeks and some remote freestone streams, but most are crowded. One has to love the chance to fish a couple mile stretch of a stream and never see another angler. Of course the beauty of the GSMNP is also breath taking.
I love to hike and fish and have hiked 2000 miles of the Appalachian Trail, all the trails in GSMNP (750 miles), most of the trails in Shenandoah National Park and many in the White mountains of NH and the Adirondacksí in NY. Most trails are ridge top affairs, so on the rare occasions I got to rest by streams and watch rainbows rise for insects and browns chase minnows I said I got to try this fly fishing thing! The last two years I have spent weekends fly fishing/backpacking in NC, TN and VA. Some favorite areas include Little Bottoms on Abrams Creek, the big shoe on Abrams, Bumgardner bend on Deep Creek , Campsite #24 on Little River (when the bears behave) and the South Mills River in NC.
Everyone I met at the Little River Fly Shop is friendly and helpful and the people on this site are great. It is a pleasure to meet you all! I hope I can learn from you and share a few trout fishing experiences.