I thought a weekend alone in the Smokies would be a great way to kick off the season, so I packed up my gear and secured a backcountry site in the Great Smokies National Park, just outside Bryson City, NC. Nothing beats a few days in the woods casting to wild trout in a wilderness environment, unless you get the rainbow/brown/brook trout trifecta. Look for rainbows and browns in the lower stretches. Hike above Solola Valley for the brookies.
Time on Water: 12 Hours Over Two Days
Trout Caught and Released: Wild Rainbow, Brook and Brown