The lower section of the West
Prong
has some of about every
type of water found in a freestone
stream.
West Prong of the Little Pigeon River:
Fly Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Description:
The West Prong of the Little Pigeon River is one of the best fly fishing streams in
Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

S
tream Size:
The size of this stream ranges from medium to large.  

Accessibility:
The West Prong of the Little Pigeon River is very accessible in most places;
however, in some places it's very inaccessible. From its exit at the main entrance to
Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, for the first
couple of miles the stream is not far from the road and is easily accessed.

Heading up the mountain on highway #441 you will find that you have to make a
short hike of a few hundred yards to reach the stream from the road. It's again easy
to access from the Chimneys Picnic Area but upstream from there, the West Prong
is very difficult to get to. If you fish upstream from the Chimneys Picnic Area you will
find that staying in the stream isn't easy to do in some places due to the huge
boulders that block your path.

Accessing the stream from highway #441is very tough between the Chimneys
Picnic Area and the Chimney Tops Trail. The trial crosses the stream where it
begins from the confluence of Walkers Camp Prong and Road Prongs..

Species:
This lower section of the stream contains mostly rainbow trout and both rainbows
and brook trout in its upper portion and headwaters.

Average Fish Size:
The size of the trout in the stream is about average for the park.

Popularity:
Some areas of the stream, especially those areas that are easy to access, sees a
good number of anglers, but most other areas don't. It strictly depends on what
area of the stream you are referring to.

Difficulty:
Like the access, fishing the stream can be easy or difficult, again, depending on
what part of the stream you are talking about.

Tributary Streams:
The Walkers Camp Prong and Road Prong of the Little Pigeon River flow together
at the Chimney Trail crossing to form the main stream of the West Prong of the
Little Pigeon River.

Fighting Creek:
Fighting Creek is a small stream that enters the West Prong of the Little Pigeon
River near Sugarland Visitors Center. It has a population of small rainbow trout.

Walkers Camp Prong:
Walkers Camp Prong is a small stream that is fairly easy to access from highway
#441. It contains mostly brook trout and some rainbow trout. The stream together
with Road Prong, forms the West Fork of the Little Pigeon River.

Alum Cave Creek:
Alum Cave Creek is a small tributary of Walkers Camp Prong. It enters Walkers
Camp at highway #441 and is accessible from the Alum Cave Trail. The stream
contains small brook trout and a few rainbow trout.

Road Prong:
Road Prong is a small tributary of the West Fork of the Little Pigeon River. It's
accessible near the Chimney Tops Trailhead. It contains brook trout and some
rainbow trout. You can access the Road Prong from the Road Prong Trail which
follows along it for over three miles. When the trail first starts, the stream is not very
accessible. Access is better upstream a ways.

Comments:
Because this stream and it Walkers Camp tributary follows along the busiest road
in the park, many anglers think it's fished heavily. In sharp contrast, some areas of
the stream are so tough to get too they are ignored by many anglers. Everything
considered, there is rarely a problem finding room to fish on this stream.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh
West Prong of the Little Pigeon
River
can produce large brook
trout as well as rainbow. This
one came from just above the
Chimneys Picnic area.
West Prong of the Little Pigeon
River:
Access to the lower part of
the stream ranges from very
tough to very easy, depending on
the location.
Road Prong is a major tributary
stream with brook trout.
Walkers Camp Prong is a major
tributary stream with brook trout
and rainbows. It's easy to access
from highway #441. .
This is the West Prong a short
distance below the Road Prong
and Walkers Camp confluence.
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Rainbow Tout This is a good size one taken in
the Sugarland area of the park just inside the
main entrance.
Road Prong has plenty of beautiful brook trout
Walkers Camp Prong has plenty of small
rainbows and  beautiful brook trout
Lower West  Prong has plenty good size
rainbow trout
Brook Trout Spawn in the Fall and the colors
are near the same as the leaves.