Fall fishing is almost here, but so is the elk rut. Anyone who will be fly fishing over at Cataloochee or Oconaluftee this fall should probably take a quick look at this video posted by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. Honestly, it’s mostly common sense, but we’ve spent a considerable amount of time fishing around these big animals in the Smokies plus been around them in Yellowstone for nearly 20 years as well. What we think is obvious might not be the case for everyone.
And a quick note that most people wouldn’t consider… Elk in the Smokies are at least as large as the ones in the Rockies. We suspect they’re larger here because the winters aren’t quite so hard and they have more food a longer stretch of the year than their Rocky Mountain cousins.