They do not grow large, but Southern Appalachian brookies are stunning.
Photos by Damon Bungard
Recent Trout Bum of the Week Damon Bungard sent in these great images from a recent hiking trip into Great Smoky Mountains National Park in western North Carolina in search of brook trout. As you can see, he found plenty of solitude, some beautiful rivers, and native trout sporting spawning colors.
Damon Bungard is the product manager at Jackson Kayak and the brand manager for Orion Coolers.
At more than half a million acres, GSMNP offers plenty of great hikes and trout streams.
Damon hikes up a steep freestone stream.
This is 2-weight territory.
A beautiful native trout displays a wided range of colors.
A snug campsite in the rocks served as home base.
Floating lines only. . .
Another set of white-tipped fins comes to hand.
Hiking up these streams requires good balance and stamina. Less wading than rock-hopping.