This is a book I’ve mentioned repeatedly in my monthly newsletter and in public appearances, and for me it is my “book of a lifetime.” The 448-page book features detailed coverage of all the major streams of the nation’s most visited national park along with insight on even the smaller feeders. In addition, there are dozens of helpful graphs, scores of both vintage and modern photographs, a detailed list of outfitters and guides, a folding map which is tucked into the book and can be carried with you on the trail, an extensive annotated bibliography, and much more.
With a Foreword by acclaimed angling writer Nick Lyons, this book features a lifetime of knowledge and insight gained from untold days and years of blissful casting and wading in the finest wild trout water east of the Rockies. If you are interested in the history of the high country of western North Carolina and east Tennessee, want to know more about fishing in the Smokies, or are seeking detailed information on tactics and techniques which work well in the region, this book is for you. You’ll enjoy all sorts of anecdotal tidbits, take to the stream with endearing old timers, and find answers to about anything imaginable about the Smokies and their fishing.
The samples will give you a feel for the flavor and flair of the book. They include the Table of Contents, the full text of two chapters covering streams (one in each state), a selection from the coverage of “Seasons of the Smokies,” and a stream graph of the type provided for all the Park’s major drainages. I think you’ll find the material of interest, and it’s but a hint of what awaits you.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
“I am fascinated by this book & will be from now on. This is the complete book about fly fishing in the Smokies. It is obvious that Jim Casada knows more about Park streams, the area’s history & heritage, & our sport than anyone I have met. It is a masterpiece.”
—Byron Begley, owner of Little River Outfitters
“If your passion is trout of the Southern highlands, this book will prove to be as indispensable as a favorite rod & wading boots.”
—Sam Venable, longtime columnist for the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
“This is a book anyone who knows or plans to visit the Smokies will cherish, but also a book that anyone who takes pleasure in fine writing about the outdoor world & especially fly fishing will admire greatly. I do.”
—Nick Lyons, noted fly-fishing book author, from the Foreword