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 Post subject: Fishing the Pigeon Forge area
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:27 am 
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I am going to be in Pigeon Forge during Thanksgiving. I was hoping to get some info on fishing the area. Also spots close in the park. Thanks ahead of time!


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 Post subject: Re: Fishing the Pigeon Forge area
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:34 pm 
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Everytime I drive through the gorge I wonder about that section along I-40 ...I never see people fishing in there....does it even hold trout?

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 Post subject: Re: Fishing the Pigeon Forge area
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:25 pm 
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Hell yes!!!!!! That section provided the most perverted trout day I've ever had on the water back in late May. Complete accident, too. Took my raft, my 8 wt and smallie box thinking that section would be loaded with smallies. Didn't catch a smallie till I got close to the take-out in Hartford, but damn did I catch some bows. Kreelex streamer produced strikes on nearly every cast. Got some walleye, too. That section is technical, though, with some mandatory pin-balling around boulders. You don't wanna go at high water for obvious reasons, but even low water is technical and kinda pushy. But, if you want some adventure and awesome streamer fishing for rainbows, that's the section to hit. And I don't feel like it's a secret because not many people are gonna fish it anyways.

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 Post subject: Re: Fishing the Pigeon Forge area
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:17 am 
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The closer to Gatlinburg that you get, more stocked trout & a daily permit needed, the further you get into PF, smallmouth can be a blast, looks like the temps are going to be fairly mild.

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 Post subject: Re: Fishing the Pigeon Forge area
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:49 pm 
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Riverview wrote:
Hell yes!!!!!! That section provided the most perverted trout day I've ever had on the water back in late May. Complete accident, too. Took my raft, my 8 wt and smallie box thinking that section would be loaded with smallies. Didn't catch a smallie till I got close to the take-out in Hartford, but damn did I catch some bows. Kreelex streamer produced strikes on nearly every cast. Got some walleye, too. That section is technical, though, with some mandatory pin-balling around boulders. You don't wanna go at high water for obvious reasons, but even low water is technical and kinda pushy. But, if you want some adventure and awesome streamer fishing for rainbows, that's the section to hit. And I don't feel like it's a secret because not many people are gonna fish it anyways.


Damnit! 8-)

From Hartford to Newport is banging smally water. I say this because as you have pointed out, hardly anyone fishes it.


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 Post subject: Re: Fishing the Pigeon Forge area
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:38 pm 
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Kyle the smallies seemed to be left alone even up to here.

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