Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Sunrise over the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
This past weekend, I picked up my daughter from college in Memphis, TN and we drove back home to CT.    We spent the first night of the drive near the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and so had planned to do a short hike in the park before driving back.  It was a clear, COLD morning when we arrived at the trail head.  This was our first visit to this beautiful national park.  Here are a few pictures we took along the way...

Yellow star grass
Flame azelea
Laurel Falls
beardtongue
daisy fleabane
Taking a picture of an early morning friend along the trail

14 comments:

  1. Thats some vast area, great pictures.

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    1. Col - the park is huge covering 800 sq miles!

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  2. Beautiful. Did you get to fish?

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    1. No time to fish (this time) but are a ton of small streams in the park that look worthy of exploration.

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  3. A great place.
    If you fish it be sure to tie up some Smoky Mountain Fork Tails.

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    1. Alan - there are a ton of small streams in the park. I will have to remember your tip if I get down there again and have some time to fish

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  4. The smoky streams are definitely on my to do list. looks wild!

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    1. LQN - I was really surprized how big the mountains are and how vast the park is! I guess in the summer it can get pretty busy though

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  5. Mark
    Glad you was able to make the trip to the park. My wife and I have been numerous times and discover something unique and different on every visit. It is a beautiful place. thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - thanks, hopefully in future trips, I will be able to spend a little more time there!

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  6. Hi Mark,
    I really like you Blog. I have been following it for several months. I too am a Christian.
    I was wanting to ask you for some input on rod selections.
    I have recently cleaned out my closet and purged a number of rods to shrink my arsenal. I fish mainly warm water species in Florida (bluegill and bass), and occasionally make it to TN to flog the water for trout. Here is my question. Do I replace what I have purged with:
    Stream flex 2wt 10', Stream flex 3wt 9', Stream flex 4wt 7'6", and Stream flex 5wt 9' or go with a 1 or 2wt Superfine and a 4 or 5wt Superfine?
    I appreciate your input.
    Thank you,
    James

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    1. James - thanks for following, I've been away so I didn't see your comment until today. I am a minimalist and tend not to have a lot of rods. I have a small stream rods (3wt cabella's custom glass; it's under 6ft long) for tight streams, a 7'6" 3 wt for small to medium streams, a TFO professional 9' 5wt for larger rivers (I will probably replace this once with a TFO 4wt, since I only use if for dries and wets), a cabella's CZN 10' 4wt for Euronymphing and a TFO 7wt for large streamers and salmon fishing. A short 2 or 3wt if you fish small streams, an 8 to 9" 4wt, and a long nymphing rod should cover things.

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  7. Beautiful pictures! The Smokies are truly a small-stream fly fishers paradise. Next time you go, be sure to bring a fly rod, as there are lots of great spots to explore. We fished there last fall and caught little wild rainbows from the pockets on dry flies - definitely an awesome trip!

    Tight lines,
    Conner

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    1. thanks Conner, we just didn't have the time this trip, as it was it was a long 14hr haul home after a quick hike.

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