Well, if y'all have decided to come out this way, here are a few links for you. First, here's the link to Little River Outfitters' "fishing report" which can give you an idea of flows, water temp, ect.littleriveroutfitters.com ... report.htm
They also have a "forum" as well that might be useful to some of you.littleriveroutfitters.com ... /index.php
As far as fishing is concerned, we're still in the middle of a pretty brutal drought, but surely it's got to rain between now and then. (Right?
) If any of you need tips for patterns, etc., there are certainly enough experienced Southern Appalachian fishermen the board who can steer you in the right direction. (My best advice: tie on a #14 yellow Stimmy. Cast. Walk. Repeat application as necessary ...
As for lodging, here's a link that's sort of a clearing house for local establishments, many of whom have their own websites.www.discoverourtown.com/T ... els/Hotels
As a semi-local, of course, I've never had cause to spend the night there, but if you'd like me to ask around about a specific hotel/campground, I'll be happy to pass on anything I turn up.
Finally, here's a link to the GSMNP itself if any of you are entertaning thoughts of staying at one of the campgrounds there. (It's also a useful way of staying abreast of road/trail/and campsite closures.)www.nps.gov/grsm/
At any rate, if you've any specific questions, please shoot me a PM or email me at barnesut263 yahoo.com. And Bob, if you'd like to ship that rod collection up early so you won't be--you know--distracted by all those rod tubes rattling around, I'd be happy to sign for 'em. Safety first!