Backpacking/flyfishing around Smokies?
My brother in law has no backpacking or backcountry camping experience and is an avid flyfisherman with bad knees. I know nothing about fly fishing. We are talking about getting together for a long weekend around the Smokies to trade skills. Would appreciate suggestions for short easy hikes leading to good fishing, maybe a base camp offering clear casting for me and challenges for him. He is working on conditioning, braces, etc on the advice of his hiker doctor but I definitely want to break him in on the slow and easy plan.
Some trails I have considered are Big Creek up to site 37 or 36. How is the fishing?
Others would be in Cattaloochee. Caldwell Fork to site 41 or Rough Fork to site 40. Good fishing?
Any good fishing over on the Harmon Den side of I-40? We talked about using the little stocked pond by the Max Patch trailhead for a casting clinic, day hike or overnight on Max Patch, then do an overnighter in the forest or back into the National Park for the real thing.
Any tips or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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