Great Smoky Mountains Association Releases Fishing Guide | Outside


GATLINBURG – The Great Smoky Mountains Association has released a new field guide dedicated to some of the aquatic residents of the Smokies.

Intuitively organized and small enough to fit in a pocket, “Fishes of the Smokies” includes detailed photographs and key details for each species featured.

Written by first author Grant Fisher, “Fish of the Smokies” takes readers on a deep dive into the park’s 2,900 miles of rivers and streams. Fisher has applied years of research and experience working as a National Park Service employee to write the most comprehensive field guide available to the waters of the park to date.

“Working in the Smokies, I’ve always observed that one of the subjects that visitors seemed to know the least about, but were very interested in, was fish,” Fisher said. “I think most readers will be surprised to learn that the Smokies are home to so many different fish. A walk or casual stroll through the park reveals many small streams, but I think very few people expect this that they contain such diversity.

Each species featured in “Fishes of the Smokies” is featured on a separate page and described with key details, including habitat, diet, and ecological and cultural history. Edited by Aaron Searcy, Associate of GSMA Publications, and with an introduction by NPS Supervising Fisheries Biologist Matt Kulp, the book features watercolor illustrations and textures from vintage maps and notebooks as a wink. of an eye to the first naturalists of the park.

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“The Great Smoky Mountains Association may be a small regional publisher, but it’s one with a special superpower thanks to its unique position as an established national park partner,” Searcy said. “From its well-researched species profiles to its detailed accounts of the park’s history, ‘Fishes of the Smokies’ continues a long tradition of accessible and practical field guides to the flora and fauna of the park – created or endorsed by those who have the most intimate knowledge of the landscape.

“Fishes of the Smokies” is the newest addition to a popular line of pocket field guides published by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. The “Of the Smokies” series includes comprehensive guides to birds, wildflowers, reptiles and amphibians, ferns, trees, mammals, butterflies and moths.

The 4.5-by-6-inch paperback is available for $14.95 from park visitor center bookstores and the GSMA’s online store at

The Great Smoky Mountains Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the scientific, historical, and interpretive activities of Great Smoky Mountains National Park by providing educational products and services to park visitors. The GSMA depends on the support of its members to fulfill its mission, preserving the Smokies for generations to come.

Member-based funding also supports the preservation of more than 90 historic structures throughout the park, as well as backcountry rangers who protect more than 800 miles of trails to spectacular mountain views, streams rushing, waterfalls and peaceful groves of old growth forest. . For more information about the GSMA, visit

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