Re: GSMNP advice
Well the big draw to me on GSMNP is the scenery without a lot of cottages/trailers all over the place but I look at all the National Forest lands and there is simply a lot of good looking country. On the way home I stopped by the Davidson. It was Saturday and there were a lot of fisherman although you could hike around and find a place to yourself. I think the trout in the Davidson might be pretty hard to catch. Great looking stream and the campground was really nice. I might want to stay there a day or two on a future trip.
How are the crowds on the other side of Fontana? Hazel/Forney, etc? It sounds like the best deal is to backpack in a ways and do a 2-3 day gig.
I didn't get a chance to see the Nantahala, I read some of the standard guide books but to me at least they were confusing as to places to fish. Snowbird is another one I may plan on trying.
No one speaks much about fishing below Fontana Dam- it seems like it would be a world class tailwater fishery.