I had the pleasure of getting in a quick, 2 day trip to the Smokies this week - got back early this morning (I'm from Louisiana). I struck out on Thanksgiving in the Cataloochee area, so I decided to fish a different area on Friday. I ended up on the Middle Prong and, after a slow start, managed to catch a few rainbows. Two of them were tiny, but the last one was a solid 8"...it made my trip. All were caught on bead head nymphs - it didn't seem to matter on the color. I saw no fish rise during the two days, although I did see a few flies hatching.
The best thing was the discovery that it "only" took 9.5 hours to get home. I enjoy driving, so that length of time really isn't bad. I'm already looking at the calendar for a chance to get away for another quick trip...of course, the weather is starting to become a bit marginal now.
I really enjoy the site, and reading the reports...it helped to make this little trip a success.