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Thread: Stories of Secret Blue Lines and Hidden Gems

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    May 2015

    Default Stories of Secret Blue Lines and Hidden Gems

    I want to hear your stories of discovering unknown or little known trout waters in and around the Smokies. I obviously don't expect (or want) you to share locations. I just want to hear the stories! I just love knowing those waters are out there. I will share one of my stories below of fishing a stretch of water that I could find no positive info about, but ended up producing one of my best days in the Park.

    One day this summer I set out with the goal of getting my first grand slam. Having started out in a larger body of water, catching a rainbow and brown right away, I quickly set my sights on a brookie. I hopped in the car and headed to higher elevations. As I passed the pull outs for the brookie-holding tributaries, they were all full. I didn't want to be fishing water right behind anybody, so I kept driving up the mountain. Everything I had read about the main river in forums and books was not encouraging, but that was quickly becoming my only option. As I neared the top of the mountain, I pulled over in a small pull out that I knew was a good distance away from the river at this point. This was my last chance without driving to a completely different drainage. After bushwacking downhill for 150-200 yards, I reached the small headwaters of the main river. It looked like perfect brookie water, but I tried to meter my expectations as I remembered everything I'd read about it. I started fishing right where I had come out of the vegetation and BOOM, a little 6" brookie on the second cast. Mission accomplished - Grand Slam! I had literally only caught 3 fish at this point - a rainbow, a brown and a brookie. I continued to fish up stream and had the best day of brookie fishing in the Park that I have ever had. It was only made sweeter by catching a good mix of 7" - 9" rainbows in the same stretch of water. It may have just been a fluke of a day, or maybe I was fishing higher up than most people do in that stream. Or maybe everyone on the forums was lying to keep it to themselves Whatever the case may be, it was a very memorable day of fishing for me!

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    Join Date
    Feb 2007


    Good looking speck

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    SE Tennessee


    I began to work at Lowe's here in Cleveland and had time off during the week. At a TU meeting, I inquired about where to fish in the park. One of the fellows quickly stated, "Tremont as locals call it or the Middle Prong." Got the directions and headed out not long after. I started fishing just off the main road. Hooked and lost a good fish. Kept working my way up the river. I fished exclusively with an Elk Hair Caddis. By the end of the day, I had five rainbows, four browns and two brookies. Going to try for it again this year.
    I helped with Trout Camp several years ago. We fished one noted brookie stream. One kid caught a nine inch brookie which is huge for the park. The kid I guided was the only one to C&R the limit of seven Ahem! Must be the guiding aura.
    John Torchick

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