I've done a LOT of tenkara rod fishing over the last several years, but sadly, little of it has been in the Appalachians. Luckily, an excuse to visit GSMNP came up at the onset of my traveling. The day I arrived, I hit Little River Outfitters in Townsend for some local info and to replace my recently defunct pair of nippers. "Send me someplace where I wont be around people" I asked, "I am looking for wild fish in small water." I walked out of the shop with new nippers and a hand drawn map sketched in pencil. Drove up a long access road to a trailhead, then proceeded on foot. It was soon evident that I had left the normal traffic behind. No fresh boots tracks anywhere to be seen, I made 3 wet crossings and then bushwhacked my way a few hundred yards through rhododendrons to the creek. The tributary of a tributary of the main branch was only 30 minutes from the trailhead but it might as well have been 3 hours - it was clear that this trib rarely saw hikers, let alone anglers.
The water was 4-10 ft wide, with plunge after plunge creating a series of beautiful pools. Moss covered rocks the size of cars lined the main bank, with smaller rocks providing excellent structure along the entire watershed. The air was heavy and humid, no breeze could penetrate the thick Appalachian canopy surrounding the creek. Wind would not be a factor...but I instead discovered the almost magnetic snagging power of the Rhododendron. Being used to open casting on Wisconsin creeks, I have a lot to learn about fishing claustrophobic streams like this, I left several flies in the trees. That might be an understatement.