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Re: The Smokies

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Camping shower, dude. Box of baby wipes and deodorant. Clean the frumunda cheese and be done w/ it.

Posted on: 2012/12/5 14:20


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For me, that works for a day or two. By day 3 or 4 I need a real shower. That, or go swimming.

Posted on: 2012/12/6 8:21


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The Oconaluftee can be very bracing. I wet-waded it barefoot once in April, many moons ago.

Posted on: 2012/12/6 9:08


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Well I have my vacation days submitted for this trip. I'll be going later in the year than first thought, in early October. Looking forward to it!

Posted on: 2013/1/7 17:13


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Go on the little river outfitters web site and check out the forums. Lots of good info there.

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OH sweet. Thanks for the tip.

Posted on: 2013/1/11 11:55


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Well, Cataloochee is all booked up for that weekend (Columbus Day). You must reserve that campsite ahead of time, and it's a smaller campground than the others in the nat. park.

I'm looking at booking Smokemont now. Anyone have experience w/ it? Looks like a lot of good waters near that campground.

Posted on: 2013/6/26 14:33


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Camping shower, dude. Box of baby wipes and deodorant. Clean the frumunda cheese and be done w/ it.

Our cabin is right on a stream, my camp shower, put on shorts walk down to creek, get out soap, get wet, wash, rinse and dry. Takes about five minutes, less when the water is under 50.

Posted on: 2013/6/27 7:12


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What's the best time of year? I'm thinking May.


I have fished in the Southern Apps twice once in N. Georgia in Aug and once in the Smokies (TN side) in July. Both times I was told the streams where dangerously low. Both times the water levels were higher than what I usually see in our streams in April.

I have no idea what May looks like. Your mileage may vary.

Posted on: 2013/6/27 12:04


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If you can get a site, Smokemont is a good place to base out of. The Bradley Fork is a very good stream, especially the farther up it you hike, and it has several tribs that fish well, particularly Chasteen Creek. Additionally, from Smokemont, you're positioned well to go over and sample the Deep Creek watershed, which also has some good tribs as well as not that far from the road that dead ends at Nolands Creek on the north side of Fontana Lake. Everybody talks about Hazel Creek and the other hike in tribs of Fontana, but Nolands is accessible by car and is an excellent stream, probably in the top dozen in the park. Doesn't see that many guys.

Then there is the entire Oconaluftee drainage upstream from the Bradley Fork junction (pretty much right at Smokemont). Its real good as well.

It would be hard to find a bad campground in the park in terms of access to fishing. But it would also be hard to find a better one than Smokemont.

Posted on: 2013/7/3 12:48


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Smokemont has a lot more sites that Cataloochee. Catalooche only had about 2 dozen sites, and you MUST reserve in advance. Smokemont has well over 100 sites and 90 are still available for the week I'm looking at. I'm going to pull the trigger real soon. Thanks for the tip, RLeep! I was reading about Oconaluftee...I'm really excited to fish that drainage.

Posted on: 2013/7/3 13:01


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Well I wanted to thank everyone for their input. The campsite is booked in Smokemont for Columbus Day weekend. My dad and I (and hopefully my brother!) are leaving Lancaster at 4am, hoping to arrive in the Smokies by 3pm (a couple stops for chow and chittin). We'l be fishing the Oconaluftee watershed area. We've got a couple maps, a list of streams, and I've joined the Little River Outfitters board (thanks beeber2). They've been extremely helpful in letting me know what to expect as far as conditions, flies, etc.

I'm getting really excited now.

Posted on: 2013/8/8 9:15


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Boy are you all going to have fun when those forum members findya. Bring a banjo along........LOL

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Re: The Smokies

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I will bring my banjo (seriously!)


Posted on: 2013/8/8 9:52


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Do you have a real banjo? Or just that banjo soundin guitar? lol.

(I do have a real banjo, but haven't really learned to play it much)

Posted on: 2013/8/8 10:08



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