Hunting and Fishing in the Great Smokies: The Classic Guide for Sportsmen

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Jim Gasque's classic 1948 work offers a period portrait of outdoor life in the Great Smoky Mountains. Filled with anecdotes, fishing and hunting stories, and recollections of legendary local sportsmen and guides, Hunting and Fishing in the Great Smokies presents a social history of these activities before the founding of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1934. The book also offers an insightful glimpse of the region just prior to an era of significant development and ...

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Overview

Jim Gasque's classic 1948 work offers a period portrait of outdoor life in the Great Smoky Mountains. Filled with anecdotes, fishing and hunting stories, and recollections of legendary local sportsmen and guides, Hunting and Fishing in the Great Smokies presents a social history of these activities before the founding of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1934. The book also offers an insightful glimpse of the region just prior to an era of significant development and growth.

Gasque's guide covers trout streams and trout fishing, lake fishing, and hunting. Thanks to careful preservation by the park, the streams Gasque describes still draw sportsmen today. His tips on prime fly-fishing spots are remarkably up to date and remain valuable for twenty-first-century anglers. Hunting is now prohibited within the park, but in surrounding areas it is still common.

Jim Casada's introduction for this new edition provides a biographical profile of Gasque, puts the hunting and fishing ethics of the period into perspective for today's sportsmen, and offers Casada's thoughts on fishing in the park as it exists today.

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Editorial Reviews

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This classic book . . . offers a period portrait of outdoor life in the Great Smoky Mountains just prior to an era of significant development. . . . Gasque's tips on prime fly-fishing spots remain up to date for contemporary anglers.—Carolina Country

Transports the reader to smoky mountain creeks and rocky backcountry. . . . One could not ask for a more affable and entertaining guide.—North Carolina Historical Review

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"This classic book . . . offers a period portrait of outdoor life in the Great Smoky Mountains just prior to an era of significant development. . . . Gasque's tips on prime fly-fishing spots remain up to date for contemporary anglers."
-Carolina Country

"Transports the reader to smoky mountain creeks and rocky backcountry. One could not ask for a more affable and entertaining guide."
-North Carolina Historical Review

"Offers some wonderful fishing. Reading this book . . . makes you want to get out there and creep along Cataloochee or Hazel Creek; to enjoy the smallmouth sport on Chatuge or Fontana lakes. . . . A delightful book, worthy of a place on any bookshelf."
-Classic Angling

"Can be read simply for the great outdoor stories or as a guidebook that . . . is as useful today as it was more than half a century ago . . . a unique social history."
-Appalachian Heritage

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807859155
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,537,259
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Jim Gasque was an outdoor writer from Asheville, North Carolina, and author of Bass Fishing: Techniques, Tactics, and Tales. Jim Casada is a member and former president of the South Carolina Outdoor Press Association and Southeastern Outdoor Press Association. Author or editor of more than two dozen books, his works include Modern Fly Fishing, Innovative Turkey Hunting, and a number of game cookbooks. Currently completing a detailed book on fly-fishing in the Smokies, Casada also lectures on fly-fishing and turkey hunting and teaches classes on fly-fishing, backpacking, and nature writing.

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Table of Contents


Introduction to the Paperback Edition     xi
Introduction     xxi
Trout Streams and Trout Fishing in the Great Smokies
Cataloochee Creek     3
Deep Creek     10
Hazel Creek     20
Other Smoky Streams     28
Little Streams     34
Mark Cathey     41
Other Trout Streams     55
Smallmouth Streams     63
Lake Fishing in the Great Smokies
Fontana     75
Nantahala     85
Chatuge     91
Hiwassee     100
Santeetlah     107
Other Lakes     118
Tackle     129
Rules and Regulations     133
Hunting in the Great Smokies
Author's Note     139
Bear: Distinguished Hunters-Famous Bears     141
The Black Bear: Habits and Characteristics     147
Bear: Ranges-Season-Guides-Division     153
The Russian Boar: American History-Characteristics     157
Hunting the Boar     169
Boar: Localities-Regulations-Guides     176
The Plott Hounds     180
Deer     185
Grouse     192
Squirrels to Order     200
FontanaVillage     205
Conclusion     209
Index     211
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