Ard, are you from these parts or did you just make a visit. I have done some fishing the TN tailwaters close to me, but have yet to try north GA and NC. They are both on the wishlist, but it's still a 4-5 hr drive for me. For me to spend that kind of money on gas right now and get skunked, I would hate it. So I usually like to travel to unfamiliar territory with someone who isn't!
I am hoping to get up in the Smoky Mtn National Park in the next week or two with a friend and chase some brookies. Never caught one of those jewels.