Here are a few pictures from a fly fishing trip I took to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in October 2006. The fish didn't cooperate, but the scenery was excellent even though we missed the peak colors. Kurt Bear cubs near the stream bed of the Little River. Momma bear. I feel lucky as we saw about 10 bears. A guy from North Carolina that has fished the park all his life told me he has yet to see a bear. The view from the Clingman's Dome parking lot. Got lucky here too. According to the display at the observation deck, the visibility usually isn't too good. The display had a picture of the view you would have on an exceptionally clear day. As luck would have it, I must have been there on a most exceptionally clear day as the view was better than the picture. One of the park trails. Past the peak colors. Me, five miles up the trail. Straight Fork River. Sunset. The rod I made for the trip.