Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Cinnamon Sedges (Caddisflies) (Abrams Creek)
3. Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
4. Little Sister Caddisflies (Abrams Creek)
5. Eastern Pale Evening Duns
7. Little Yellow Stoneflies -Yellow Sallies
8. Slate Drakes
9. Light Cahills
10. Little Green Stoneflies
11. Golden Stoneflies
12. Cream Cahills
19. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Traffic - Not a problem If You Can Read
Twice within the last week, I noticed where two different anglers complained on two
different fly fishing blogs (one was even a local based blog) about having to go
through the traffic in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. I do not belong to any blogs and
never write anything on them but I do occasionally check the just to see what
anglers are thinking and writing about. I guess there are a few people who can't
read a simple road map.
There isn't any reason to have to go through heavy traffic getting to the park at the
Sugarland (Main) Entrance near Gatlinburg. There are bypasses around both
Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. These roads are easy to find and provide very
fast access back to highway #441 that crosses the park.
I promise you one thing. You will never hear the locals of either city promote these
bypass roads. It isn't to their advantage. In fact, they want you to do just what those
people who don't use a road map or a GPS end up doing. They want you to go
down the main drags and hopefully, stop and do some business. That's why the
bypass roads are not promoted or even rarely mentioned by the locals.
If you come into Sevierville from the Interstate highway (I-40) at the exit near Bass
Pro Shop on highway #66, you will see a new road that turns left about a block
before you get to highway #411 in Sevierville. It is well marked and its use is
promoted to help solve the congestion at that point. Turn left there and proceed
over the Pigeon River to highway #411.. Do not proceed across highway 441,
also called Main Street as well as Dolly Pardon Parkway. Turn left on highway
441 or Dolly Pardon Parkway and go about a mile east to the intersection of
Veterans Blvd., a new 6 lane highway that leads all the way to the opposite end of
Pigeon Forge. When you come back to highway #66, you will have only a couple of
blocks of PIgeon Forge remaining to travel through to get to the Spur or the section
of the National Park between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. You will completely
miss all but two blocks of the main drag in Pigeon Forge. This (6) six lane
highway has very little traffic and is never crowded. You can travel the full speed
limit (45 to 55) the entire way which isn't really any farther than using highway #66.
Continue through the Spur until you almost get to Gatlinburg. A few blocks before
Gatlinburg you can't miss a clearly marked bypass that bears off to your right that
takes you directly to the national park at the main entrance at Sugarland. It
completely bypasses Gatlinburg without passing under the first traffic light. It
takes you all the way back to highway #441 that crosses the park. Anyone that
travels through Pigeon Forge or Gatlingburg just to get to the park is blind or
You can also buy a road map, or a $79.00 GPS and accomplish the same thing.
Don't be stupid and travel through several dozen traffic lights in heavy traffic
because you didn't look at a road map or use a GPS. Getting from I-40 to the
park is fast and easy. In fact, it is a much faster way of getting to the park than
any exit off I-40 in the state of Tennessee. It's a much faster way than any exit you
could take to go through Maryville and Townsend.
I also might note that when you get to Sugarland, unless you came to float the river
on a kayak or tube, you are actually much closer to the best part of Little River (the
area in and around Elkmont) than you are when you are in Townsend even though
the river flows through Townsend. I'm not trying to get anyone to avoid Townsend. I
am only pointing out there's a much easier and faster way to get to the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park from I-40.
I also want to point out that at the present time, there's some road work going on in
Sevierville when you first come into the town on 66. This should be over shortly if
the local contractor stops trying to retire on the project. It does provide some delay
at times during normal work hours.