Home Register Today's Posts Members User CP Calendar FAQ

Go Back   Little River Outfitters Forum > Fly Fishing Board > Smoky Mountain Fishing

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-18-2012, 11:49 PM
CuriousLayman CuriousLayman is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 5
Default Oconaluftee brookie

I don't fish there often, but today I caught a little brookie not too far up from the visitor's center (a good ways before tow string road turnout). I had not realized they were down that low. They are my favorite species, so it was a pleasant surprise!

Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-19-2012, 12:06 AM
JoeFred's Avatar
JoeFred JoeFred is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Russellville, TN
Posts: 944
Default

A nice looking speck, CL. Thanks for sharing.
__________________
“Joe” Fred Turner :: SaintClairMapping.com
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-19-2012, 12:57 AM
spotlight's Avatar
spotlight spotlight is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Maryville Tennessee
Posts: 229
Send a message via Yahoo to spotlight
Default

Wow nice sized fish!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-19-2012, 05:21 PM
flyman's Avatar
flyman flyman is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Hillbilly Hollow, NC
Posts: 874
Default

Looks like another Reservation escapee I've caught stocked brook trout from tribal waters a couple of miles up the Bradly Fork several times.
__________________
"Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it."
Salvador Dali
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-19-2012, 09:34 PM
Jim Casada Jim Casada is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Rock Hill, SC
Posts: 992
Default

I suspect Flyman is right. The tribe stocks plenty of brook trout and they regularly make their way up Luftee from Raven Fork.
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-20-2012, 09:16 AM
CuriousLayman CuriousLayman is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 5
Default

That makes sense to me. By the way Mr. Casada, I keep your book near the top of the stack next to my reading spot. It's my most used fishing book.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-20-2012, 09:44 AM
Jim Casada Jim Casada is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Rock Hill, SC
Posts: 992
Default

CuriousLayman--Thanks, and I'll add a bit of "migratory" trout from the Reservation. The past couple of summers I have caught quite a few refugees from Raven Fork in Luftee, some of them as far upstream as Bradley Fork. I've caught both rainbows and brook trout and some of the former have been large fish. The flip side of the situation is that speckled trout (I refuse to call the natives brook trout and the difference in wording is an easy way to distinguish between wild and stocked fish) have made their way well down Bradley Fork in recent years. I caught one below Chasteen Creek and several just above it.
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-20-2012, 05:03 PM
swamp swamp is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 40
Default

Where does the park boundary begin?I pulled over at the blue ridge parkway, just before the visitor center, one day last year and walked down and started fishing my way upstream and came upon a sign informing me that I was fishing Raven fork trophy water.According to the road signs I was inside the park and on the oconaluftee river.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-20-2012, 05:38 PM
JoeFred's Avatar
JoeFred JoeFred is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Russellville, TN
Posts: 944
Default

Swamp, it's a bit complicated. Shoot me an e-mail to info at saintclairmapping dot com and I'll help ya out.

JF
__________________
“Joe” Fred Turner :: SaintClairMapping.com
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-20-2012, 08:16 PM
Jim Casada Jim Casada is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Rock Hill, SC
Posts: 992
Default

swamp--Park authorities, in what I consider a fine example of money talks and principle walks, ceded the stretch of Luftee from the Parkway Bridge to the juncture of Raven Fork and Luftee to the tribe (never mind that it flows through Park land. Well, to be more precise, one side of it is Park since the tribe managed a land swap which traded archaeologically significant bottom lands (where the high school sits) for mountain terrain of no significance whatsoever that is steep as a horse's face. If it sounds to you like this angers me, you would be right.
As for where you can fish without buying one of the ever costlier tribal permits, you can't fish Raven Fork at all until you are above Big Cove and in the Gorges area. You can fish Luftee anywhere above where its juncture with Raven Fork.
That's it in essence, and anyone who thinks the Park didn't shortchange anglers on this one isn't viewing things in the same light I am. Incidentally, the long pool on what is now tribal water which runs under the old stone bridge (built by the CCCs) opposite Cherokee High School was one of the loveliest in the whole Park, and full of wild fish, long before tribal authorities gained control or stocked the first fish from the Straight Fork Hatchery. Don't get me wrong, I'm not faulting the tribe here. I'm faulting Park bureaucrats who caved.
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:25 AM.



Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.