Hunting and Fishing in the Great Smokies

The Classic Guide for Sportsmen

By Jim Gasque

With a new introduction by Jim Casada

Hunting and Fishing in the Great Smokies

248 pp., 5.5 x 8.25, 10 illus., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5915-5
    Published: September 2008

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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 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.

About 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.

For more information about Jim Gasque, visit the Author Page.


"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

"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

"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

"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

“Viewed from any perspective, Jim Gasque’s Hunting and Fishing in the Great Smokies ranks as a regional classic. Written in the simple, sprightly style of a gifted storyteller, the book carries the reader to streams of dreams and lakes of wonder.”--Jim Casada, from the Introduction