Smoky Mountain Trout Camp, . . . . . . . . . . . . May 20-22, 2011

9 01 2011

It’s official. May 20th – 22nd we’ll be camping in North Carolina on the banks of Bradley’s Fork; inside Smokemont Campground, in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

The Park is historic, the fishing is great, and the crowds don’t get there until summer. There are bears, turkey and even elk to photograph and view, and lots of cold, clear water where you can cast a line. Fly fishing is very popular, although you can fish other artificial baits in the Park and do well with small spinners like Mepps and Rooster-Tails at times.

The better campsites, which for the fisherman usually means the ones closest to the water, usually fill up fast as spring approaches. A link to the online reservation page is here:

Simply fill out the campsite request fields on the left-hand side of this page and it will pop up a list of available sites. Hitting “Map” on one of the sites listed will show you all the available sites for that time frame and is the easiest way to see which sites are where, etc. I like section D and section B, but you really can’t go wrong anywhere in this campground. The thing to know is that section D allows generators and motor homes. C too perhaps. If you want to be away from generators, choose sections A or B.

There are nice bathrooms located near all of the campsites, although there are no showers so bring whatever you need for a three day trip. We like the “wet wipes” you can find in the camping section of Walmart, although you can get them other places as well.

Cherokee, NC is a small town but they do have Wendy’s, McDonald’s and a few other fast food places. They also have a very nice fly shop if you forget anything or just want to stop in and check out what they have on sale. Please note that if you venture into Cherokee, NC you are on Tribal Land and they have their own laws regarding firearms, so if you are a sportsman who carries please check with the Cherokee PD about their laws before bringing your firearm into Cherokee Tribal Land. Once inside the GSMNP, recent laws allow you to carry your weapon if you can legally carry it in either TN or NC, following the requirements of the state you are in within the park. ( The last time we were there, two Park Rangers advised us not to leave our legally owned and carried guns in the truck, for fear that someone might break into the vehicle. They said we should carry them. So they are at least somewhat “gun-friendly” in the Park  since the new law took place last spring.

One other major factor is fire wood. The GSMNP has banned firewood from several states. PLEASE check with them before bringing in any firewood from your home state. The Park can and has been severely harmed by invasive species and they are trying desperately to limit exposure to anything that can harm that ecosystem. You can call the Park to ask, and I’m sure the firewood warning is on their website.

The flies you may need and other information will be covered in a future post. In the mean time, if there is something you just have to know right now, don’t hesitate to email me ( and ask.

"Tippin Taco" fishes the Tuckaseegee River, 45 minutes from camp.


Mrs. Owl at Smokemont - waiting for me to unload all the gear...


A wild brown from the Oconaluftee that's just a short walk from camp...

Possibly the Southeast's most "open" brook trout stream, and a much slimmer early 2000's Owl.


A black bear was rooting around in the high grass with her cubs near Abrams Creek.



Mama bear and one of the cubs move out...




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9 01 2011
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9 01 2011

That is quiet an open air brook trout stream. Is that near Smokemont?

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