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DancesWithTrout

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Taking a family vacation on 9/1 to this area.  Spoke to a nice guy named Dave at Little River Outfitters - he recommended some places to fish in the national forrest on the Little River and some small creeks.  Seems like there's a million different options.

Anyone have any experience down there?  Any suggestions on good sections or runs that would make a good day trip and be less crowded?

Thanks in advance for all the help!

P.S. Turns out Sevierville is pronounced Se Veer Vull.

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Plenty of good options in the area.  If you have time, a float trip on the Clinch River would be worthwhile.  It is an excellent tailwater stream.  
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You might do a search on this site , Gatlinburg, as the key word, it usually comes up every summer, and there’s a bunch of info, good luck.
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Yup, as Tazmanne said a quick search should bring up plenty. Off the cuff, honestly once you’re inside the park, if it is flowing water there are trout there. I’ve had certain stretches of streams fish better than others on certain days but you’re going to get into fish no matter where you go. As for less crowded, that’s Labor Day weekend so you’re going to be around people no matter what but my guess is any stream you go on, most folks are just going to be fishing the first half mile to mile. Go farther than that and you’ll be in limited company.

The streams outside the park (downtown gatlinburg, all the way down to PF), etc all have fish too, mostly stocked but plenty fun.

Enjoy it regardless, east TN is a true gem.

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TWRA has a map of their wild trout streams on public land and what species are in them. Enjoy. TN is really on the ball when it comes to wild trout. WV is a joke, comparatively
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I agree with McFishin - once you are inside the National Park, most any flowing water will have trout. They're rarely very big, but they are ALL wild. Three main areas to focus on.  1. The Greenbrier section of the Middle Prong of Little Pigeon River, easily accessed by taking Rt. 321 NE out of Gatlinburg a couple miles. 2. West Prong of Little Pigeon River, it's the stream you see periodically off of Rt. 441 en route to Newfound Gap/Clingmans Dome.  3. Little River off of Little River Road (the road to Cades Cove.  There are numerous others, but these are great places to start.

These are all easy to get to, and you probably won't be the only one on the stream. But the National Park's rules effectively limiting fishing to fly fishing only keeps the numbers down most of the time. Watch the water levels/temperatures in early September; you may have to go up higher (and thus smaller, brookie water) to find suitable conditions. Small wild rainbows and brookies are usually the name of the game in the National Park, although there are some browns too in some stretches. A 3 or 4-wt is all you'll need. In many cases you'll be doing as much dappling than any type of casting. Rocks are super slippery too.  Smoky Mountain Angler in Gatlinburg should be able to give you some good advice on current conditions, patterns, etc. Stop in and see them.

The town of Gatlinburg stocks the "town" portions of their streams just about every week on Thursdays (no fishing permitted on stock day). A separate kind of license is required for town fishing, but it is open to just about any method (flies, bait, spinners, salmon eggs, etc). They are easier to catch (good for kids). Generally speaking, Gatlinburg is always full of people. But you can find some solitude if you get into the National Park and just walk a bit.
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You could rent a tube in Townsend and likely catch your limit by the end of the float. m
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I second anything in the Greenbrier Mountain watershed. Take Greenbrier Rd off of Hwy 73 and you can spend all day up in there chasing wild trout. Go to the end where Ramsay's Prong ties into the Pigeon and trek up that way too. Real pretty and the people sightings cease as soon as you get 100 yards from the parking area.
Check out Jim Casada Outdoors for anything and everything about the Smokies wildlife.
I used his book Fly Fishing the Great Smokies Nat Park as a guide to many great streams and was never disappointed.



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