Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

5 Great Smoky Mountains Trout Destinations

April 27, 2010, 7:08 am

These five trout-fishing spots in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park provide some of the finest fishing for wild trout east of the Rockies

My long-suffering wife once, in a moment of richly deserved frustration focusing on my returning late from one of my countless forays into the more remote regions of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP), commented: "When you die, your tombstone will read 'Jim Casada hated people.' " My response, which did absolutely nothing for marital harmony, suggested that since I planned to be cremated and have my ashes spread on trout streams to do a bit to offset acidity, an epitaph didn't really enter into the picture. Then I added, obviously without thinking, "It isn't that I don't like people; I just want them in tiny doses when it comes to trout fishing."

Indeed, my idea of a perfect day of fishing is one when I encounter one or two other people, preferably either when I am leaving or returning to my truck. Countless other Tar Heel trout fishermen share my misanthropic inclinations. They savor solitude, remoteness of place, casting through spider webs (a sure sign no angler has passed for some time), and the greatly increased likelihood of first-rate fishing such places offer. After all, minimally pressured trout are easier to catch than those that encounter sparkling spinners or frauds made of fur and feathers day after day.

With such thoughts in mind, what follows is a look at a number of destinations that give every promise of elbowroom aplenty; indeed, more often than not when casting in their waters, you will not encounter another angler. They range from streams demanding a long hike and an overnight camping trip to those so readily accessible that a walk of a few minutes will put you on the water.

List available at ncgameandfish.com.