I've caught many nice browns over the years. March and April have been particularly kind to me when it comes to catching big browns in the Smokies. Here is one really nice brown from Little River from March a couple of years ago.
The best part about this fish? I didn't actually catch it. Well, not exactly anyway. For those that have not read the story, go back a couple of years in time and check out this old blog post. It is one of the crazier fishing stories I've ever been a participant in.
UPDATE: 3/13/2015 -- Quill Gordon and Blue Quill mayflies were hatching well on high water in the Smokies today. With the high flows, there were not many fish rising though. This next week is going to be awesome with good weather forecast and dropping water levels.