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Old 04-30-2013, 07:26 AM
$3Bridge $3Bridge is offline
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Default First timer advice needed...

My new son-in-law and daughter are meeting us in Gatlinburg this weekend. He is an avid bass fisherman, but has never cast a fly rod in his life. Where would you take a first timer in the area so there is less likely to be frustrations with learning how to fish for trout?

Normally I would be up the Little River trail, or a few miles up Tremont, but I am thinking the trees and tight quarters are not the best for first time. I am thinking about staying in the town and fishing the stocked WPLP since that might be easier, plus it gives him a somewhat realistic chance at catching something. I have never fished in the city limits, so I have no idea if its good or not. I just read they stock it every Thursday.

Advice appreciated. Thanks everyone.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:01 AM
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Smile Roaring fork

I've not been fishing long myself, so I like smaller streams where a few feet of line plus the leader is enough. Roaring fork is right next to Gatlinburgh but doesn't get a lot of pressure. I just flip and high stick a couple nymphs and usually do pretty good. Good luck where ever you go
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:27 AM
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Roaring Fork is a neat little stream....best stretch is the lower end...pull off after the last bridge with a couple of trees...be warned that this is not a stretch to fish in high water since there are 2-3 places that require you to mtn. goat around some spots...if the water is still high try the little stream that runs behind Park HQ...start fishing where it crosses under LR road...any bead head nymph run thru some of the little deep runs will end up being eaten....size of fish for this water may surprise you....good luck and let us know how you did
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:59 AM
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He might not want to learn to cast in the middle of the people in Gburg. Yep it is stocked but it also full of folks who will stop to watch. Agree that if water permits roaring fork might be a good idea
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:40 PM
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I would teach him how to roll cast and take him to Jakes Creek or to where the river runs through the campground at Elkmont. It's probably the easiest water I've found to fish in the park and I always catch on or two.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:36 PM
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Thanks for the help everyone. My experience in the park is limited to Abrams, Little River, Tremont, Oconaluftee, and Bradley Fork. Probably know Bradley better than any other of those. Don't have time to take him over the mountain to learn.
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