Native Brook Trout
Native Southern Appalachian
brook trout are brightly colored
fish. We consider them the
symbol of Great Smoky
Mountains National Park's fish.
Wild Smoky Mountain Brown
Brown trout can be found in
many of the park's streams.
They are considered the most
difficult to catch trout of the
three species. The largest
trout in the park are browns.
The Smokies are a premier viewing area for black bears as well as many other
species of wildlife. During your fly-fishing trip it's possible to see bear deer,elk, fox,
hawks, turkeys, wild hogs, and all types of small animals. The black bear cubs in the
photo to your right are climbing up the tree to reach their mother in the top of the tree.
Your Complete Guide to Fly Fishing in the Park
|................................ .Fly Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Welcome to fly fishing Great Smoky Mountains
National Park. This website provides you with the
information you need for fly fishing the beautiful
streams in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Lets
break it down on what you can expect from this site.
First, "What" is it that makes fly fishing the streams of
Great Smoky Mountains National Park so enjoyable?
Probably the first question a visiting angler asks when they arrive at the Smokies is
"where do I fish"? Anglers who fish this region year after year have their favorite spots.
But consider this, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is over 521,000 acres. There
are over seven-hundred miles of streams that supports trout. It is one of the largest
hardwood forest found in the United States. More than 650 miles of horse and foot
trails carry you down crystal clear streams and into the wild beauty of flowers, autumn
colors and giant trees in native forest,
What (trout you can expect to catch):
In our opinion, Great Smoky Mountains National
Park's main fly fishing attraction is its native
Appalachian brook trout. This is the only native
species of trout in the park or the Southeastern
United States, for that matter. Although they are
technically not a trout, rather a member of the char
family of fish, they are called trout in the world of
fly-fishing. Wild, stream-bred rainbow and brown
trout also thrive in the park's numerous streams and
are the most sought after species in the park.
If you come to Smoky Mountains expecting to catch
trophy rainbows, you may end up disappointed. We
suggest you try Alaska for trophy rainbows. There are
some very large brown trout in the Smokies. If you
are only interested in catching large fish, then you
may be wise to select a saltwater fishing destination
and take up shark fishing. With the exception of
some large may think that the small size is a product
of the freestone streams in the Eastern United
States where there aren't any stocked trout, only wild
fish, then they found small trout are typical of any
eastern headwater mountain stream. In fact, if they
have fished the headwaters of most western
streams, those in the Rocky Mountains and those in
the Cascades, they would have found that the
average trout are on the small side. One reason is
the pH of the water.
When (is the best time to catch trout in
There isn't any particular best time for fly-fishing
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Trout can be
taken throughout the year. This is probably the single
most important advantage in fly fishing in the
Southeastern United States. When other seasons
are closed or when other trout waters are simply too
cold to fish or even frozen over, you can usually catch
trout in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. To
often, fly fishing in characterized as poor, good or
excellent when it should be characterized as difficult,
average or easy. Those anglers who are only
interested in fishing during the times catching fish is
easy are just admitting that they really don't know
what they are doing. Being able to catch trout during
the tough times should be just as, or even more
rewarding, as catching them when it is very easy to
do so. Trout can be caught during any of the four
seasons of the year in the Smokies although different
strategies and techniques are required.
The copperhead snake is one
snake you need to try to avoid
stepping on. Avoid stepping on
them all, but especially this one,
because it's poisonous and may
Wild Smoky Mountains
The rainbow trout is the most
common trout in the park. They
prefer the cool, fast flowing
water that is found in almost all
of the park's mountain
Quill Gordon Spinner:
The Quill Gordon mayfly, or
Epeorus pleuralis, is one of
the more plentiful mayflies in
the park. These mayflies
hatch in the water column,
not on the surface. Most
anglers do not take
advantage of the spinner fall.
Typical Smoky Mountain Trout
Each and every part of every
stream is different.. You never
see exactly the same thing
The Smoky Mountains got their
name from the smokelike mist
that comes from the dense
Wild turkeys are common in the
park. They are beautiful birds
that add to the joys of fly-fishing.
They are spotted more often
going to and from different
fly-fishing destinations than
they are during the time you're
How (to catch Smoky Mountain trout):
We emphasize the quality of the experience. Any fairly knowledgable angler can put
on a strike indicator in most any body of water and catch a few trout. We prefer the
visual aspect of fly-fishing. It's much more rewarding and certainly requires more
skill to catch a rising trout feeding on emergering aquatic insects than it does to
watch a fly-fishing, just not when the fish are rising or when it is possible to catch
trout on a dry fly. Insect activity is the key to this kind of quality fly-fishing. That's
where Smoky Mountains National Park") is invaluable.
Copyright 2019 James Marsh.
Most of the water in the park's
streams is what anglers refer
to as pocket water
Tight Casting Conditions
are typical for the small
streams of Great Smoky
Mountains National Park.
Small Stream Brook Trout
teaches the best methods and
techniques for catching the brook
trout. It was shot in the west,
mid-west and eastern United
States, including the park. .
Catching the Grand Slam
(Brook, Brown & Rainbow)
by Ian Rutter:
Fly-fishing Eastern Freestone
Streams-Catching the Grand
Slam is a DVD featuring author
Ian Rutter. Ian catches all 3
species of trout in the park in
one day and explains the
different methods for each
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Fly Fishing Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
(Year-round Dry Fly Fishing) This new DVD (2 Disc Set)
provides over 4 hours of information and instructions on
fishing the dry fly for trout in the park. See all of the streams
and witness the action. Learn everything you need to know
in order to successfully catch brown, brook and rainbow
trout on the dry fly. Fishing methods, strategies and much
more are covered. Learn all about the insects and other
food the trout eat and how to imitate it. Techniques for
each season of the year are covered.
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Fly Fishing The Great Smoky
Mountains National Park:
(Year-round Dry Fly Fishing) This new
DVD (2 Disc Set) provides over 4 hours
of fly fishing for trout in the park. See
all of the streams and witness the
action. Learn everything you need to
know in order to successfully catch
brown, brook and rainbow trout on the
fly. Fishing methods, strategies and
much more are covered. Learn all
about the insects and other food the
trout eat and how to imitate it.
Techniques for each season of the
year are covered.
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*Learn To Identify Mayflies
*Determine the Stage of the Hatch
*Learn to Imitate Their Behavior
*How, When and Where They Hatch
*Identify Clinger, Burrower, Crawler
and Swimming Nymphs.
*See the Naturals.
*Learn to Match the Hatch
*Eastern, Mid-western & Western
*Nymphs, Emergers, Duns and
Available Now! Click here for more
detailed information on this DVD or
to purchase it.
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Great Smoky Mountains
National Park "Perfect Fly"
Best Smoky Fly Selection: 128 flies
that imitate the most important foods
trout eat in the Smokies..Save $36.50
over the regular price.
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Spring and Summer Smoky Fly
Selection: 82 flies that imitate the
most important food during Sping
and Summer season, save $14.60
over the regular price.
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Stalking Appalachian Trout:
Small stream fly-fishing at its
finest.. Host Christopher Tobias
teaches you how to catch trout
even under low, extremely clear
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Smoky Mountains Fishing Report
Where (are the best places to catch the
trout in the park?)
Smoky Mountain fly fishing is all about the waters.
Take a look at our stream directory and you begin to
see not just the numbers of different rivers and
streams but that they are all first class, small stream
wild trout fisheries.
09/16/19 Fishing Report Headlines:
All of the streams in the park are well below a
normal level. Fish above the 1800 ft. elevation
for the best results.