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Old 08-04-2010, 08:30 PM
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Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited in the sytem by far. Last year was a down year with ONLY 9.2 million visitors
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:26 PM
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Ive viewed this topic on this site and other sites before.. there are no secret streams or spots in the park, period.
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:42 PM
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Yeah, but you can definitely get them on the radar by posting about them
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:41 AM
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2weightfavorite--I pretty much agree, although I don't think quite the same holds true for nearby national forests.
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Old 08-06-2010, 09:30 AM
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Two things here:
First, I have fished enough in the eastern US to know that where you catch a bunch one time might not produce another time. I have fished spots in the park where I caught fish before and haven't caught anything another time. I fished for several years behind what is now the KOA in Townsend. Never caught anything but one year, I got into a hatch and caught fish every evening. And that was only in two small places on the river!
Second, if I want to find out about creeks and streams in the park, I'll pull Don Kirk's book off the shelf, along with my park map. I'll read, fish and hope the fish cooperate.
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Old 08-06-2010, 11:40 AM
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Knothead,

Good post. There are some spots that tend to produce more fish, but there are plenty of trout in most of the streams in the Smokies. It just a matter of using the right technique, a little luck (a lot for me) and the anglers preference for what type of experience they want to partake in. I don't mind helping some people out, but I do get a little weary when a newbie comes in and wants all the magical answers to catching fish. I learned like you, my first Park book was Don Kirk's and I used it to get started while accumulating all the other books that have been published on the Smokies. I have the topo maps as well. I really enjoy using the books and maps to find new water, a big part of the experience for me!


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Old 08-06-2010, 01:21 PM
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Neal (and John)--If you fellows haven't checked out wht Fred Turner is doing, map-wise, I suggest it would be worth your while. Basically he takes up where USGS maps leaves off with the entire focus being towards the angler.
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Old 08-06-2010, 06:27 PM
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Thanks for the referral, Jim.

Neal and John, my first book for fishing the park was also Don Kirk's. Prior to Jim's book, I was using it and one by Jimmy Jacobs (covering Southern Appalachian streams) to begin what was just going to be an online shared database. Then one thing led to another...

In addtion to the Little River system detailed map, I've just made available the same for Forney Creek and Upper Deep Creek. Am presently working on one for Greenbrier.

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Old 08-09-2010, 08:01 AM
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Just curious... Was there ever a time when there were road/trail signs in the park giving the names of streams being crossed?

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Old 08-09-2010, 11:12 AM
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Fred--I'm pretty sure there wasn't. If so, I think I would remember them from boyhood, and I have no such recollections (or photographs).
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