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On a 30-mi ride the other day, quest for Two Bros. ribs and bluebonnets.  

Successful on both counts, and managed to keep the ribs off the keyboard while messing with photos.  

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All loaded up and ready to go for the first time this year! No bass fishing here yet, gonna do some trolling for lake trout. Weather has been fantastic for the last few days and supposed to stay that way for tomorrow too so it’ll be a good start to the season. 

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Heck of a nice sunset tonight too!

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43 minutes ago, Way north bass guy said:

All loaded up and ready to go for the first time this year! No bass fishing here yet, gonna do some trolling for lake trout. Weather has been fantastic for the last few days and supposed to stay that way for tomorrow too so it’ll be a good start to the season. 

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Heck of a nice sunset tonight too!

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I'm going to tell you something that makes me a little uncomfortable...my wife wants to move in with you.  Just an amazing spread you've got going there, my friend.  Beautiful. 

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10 hours ago, BigAngus752 said:

I'm going to tell you something that makes me a little uncomfortable...my wife wants to move in with you.  Just an amazing spread you've got going there, my friend.  Beautiful. 

Haha, thanks. We got super lucky with timing here when we bought a couple years ago. 25 acres of mostly field, with a river full of bass that runs right through the middle of it, that’s only accessible by kayak from other nearby private lands. We built the greenhouse last fall and I had a second driveway added to the barn ( which I’ve turned into a workshop), built the lean to for the boat and the raised garden beds. Dead end road with about ten other seasonal cottages on it so there’s almost no traffic all year. We really are blessed with what we have, and those sunsets remind us of it every day. 

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1 minute ago, Way north bass guy said:

Haha, thanks. We got super lucky with timing here when we bought a couple years ago. 25 acres of mostly field, with a river full of bass that runs right through the middle of it, that’s only accessible by kayak from other nearby private lands. We built the greenhouse last fall and I had a second driveway added to the barn ( which I’ve turned into a workshop), built the lean to for the boat and the raised garden beds. Dead end road with about ten other seasonal cottages on it so there’s almost no traffic all year. We really are blessed with what we have, and those sunsets remind us of it every day. 


Sounds like a slice of heaven on earth. 

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You could see all the individual ridges/drains to the left on Sunday morning before the humidity and pollen got up into the air 

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11 minutes ago, TnRiver46 said:

You could see all the individual ridges/drains to the left on Sunday morning before the humidity and pollen got up into the air 

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Them the great smokies?

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10 minutes ago, Jar11591 said:

Them the great smokies?

Kind of, it’s more the Cherokee national forest but they are very close to each other. Same mtns different name, that’s looking just slightly south of the border of the great smoky mtns national park so I think most of it would be the Cherokee national forest. My buddies are camping up there now hunting turkeys 

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3 minutes ago, TnRiver46 said:

Kind of, it’s more the Cherokee national forest but they are very close to each other. Same mtns different name, that’s looking just slightly south of the border of the great smoky mtns national park so I think most of it would be the Cherokee national forest. My buddies are camping up there now hunting turkeys 


Gotcha. That’s cool. I’ll be heading to the Smoky Mountain National Park next June for a solo road/backpacking trip. 

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22 minutes ago, Jar11591 said:


Gotcha. That’s cool. I’ll be heading to the Smoky Mountain National Park next June for a solo road/backpacking trip. 

Holler if you need some pointers! I’ve done some backpacking but my friends have done it all. Several of them just completed their 900 miles, which is all of the hiking trails on the national park 

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2 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

Holler if you need some pointers! I’ve done some backpacking but my friends have done it all. Several of them just completed their 900 miles, which is all of the hiking trails on the national park 


Will do. Gonna be fishing a lot as well. I’m only reading about trout, but there has to be a river somewhere in the smoky mountains that has smallmouth. I may be going with fly gear only though. I have a lot of practicing to do, I have exactly 2 fish on the fly in my whole life haha 

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20 minutes ago, Jar11591 said:


Will do. Gonna be fishing a lot as well. I’m only reading about trout, but there has to be a river somewhere in the smoky mountains that has smallmouth. I may be going with fly gear only though. I have a lot of practicing to do, I have exactly 2 fish on the fly in my whole life haha 

Fontana lake, chilhowee lake, and abrams creek are the only bass waters I can think of in the park (and the lakes are on the border). You can also catch a few tiny smallies here and there on little river, west prong and middle prong little pigeon river, oconoluftee river, and maybe deep creek.  The big pigeon is excellent smallmouth fishing but I guess it’s outside the park a bit . 
 

unfortunately you are correct, most fishing inside the park is for silly trout. They are not stockers tho, so they are generally starving to death and will readily hit flies all summer 

 

on the outside edges of the park, the bass possibilities are endless 

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2 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

Fontana lake, chilhowee lake, and abrams creek are the only bass waters I can think of in the park (and the lakes are on the border). You can also catch a few tiny smallies here and there on little river, west prong and middle prong little pigeon river, oconoluftee river, and maybe deep creek.  The big pigeon is excellent smallmouth fishing but I guess it’s outside the park a bit . 
 

unfortunately you are correct, most fishing inside the park is for silly trout. They are not stockers tho, so they are generally starving to death and will readily hit flies all summer 

 

on the outside edges of the park, the bass possibilities are endless 


Love the idea of getting some wild trout on the fly, but I know me and after a couple little trout I’ll be jonesing for that micropterus. Thanks for the insight! I actually do remember reading about the smallmouth fishing in Pigeon River. Maybe I’ll have to venture outside the park to hit that up. 

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15 minutes ago, Jar11591 said:


Love the idea of getting some wild trout on the fly, but I know me and after a couple little trout I’ll be jonesing for that micropterus. Thanks for the insight! I actually do remember reading about the smallmouth fishing in Pigeon River. Maybe I’ll have to venture outside the park to hit that up. 

Yeah I know what you mean, I don’t try fish unless I have to. Abrams is full of smallmouth up to the ranger station and a little bit upstream to the campground. Single hook artificial lures only but you can have a barb 

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