Good cast results in nice fish.
This brown trout was taken in
the upper portion of the Little
River .
Brook Trout are easy to catch if
you can make cast under a
canopy of tree limbs and land the
fly in a small area of water
without spooking the fish.
Casting (Getting the fly to the trout in the Park's Streams):
Fly Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
This is a medium size stream for the park that is on the borderline for being a large
stream. As you can see, there is no way anyone could cast from the banks and if they
were wading down the center of the stream, making a cast without hanging one of the
overhanging limbs would not be easy. Casting underneath the overhanging limbs
where some of the trout would probably be, especially the brown trout, is yet another
You will find that the Smokies may require some cast that look more like flippin for
bass than fly-fishing. The majority of the 700 miles of  streams are tightly enclosed in
trees. An overhead canopy of limbs or limbs extending from both banks out into a
stream that may be ten or fifteen feet wide, doesn't allow the space necessary to
make a 60 foot cast. There is some good that comes with this problem, however.
Casing that far is almost never necessary anywhere in the Park and certainly not in
the stream just described. With few exceptions, most of which are not in streams
such as you have in the Smokies, making a 60 foot cast would be a stupid thing to do

Creative Casting:
Creative casting is a big key to presenting your fly in many situation. Most of your cast
should be between 15 to 20 feet. In certain streams in certain situations, you may
need to make a 30 or 40 foot cast. Anything beyond that, in the smokies, would be a
stupid cast.
Almost everything taught in fly casting has to do with straighting your line and leader
out. After all, you can't make a very long cast if you don't straighten the line out. When
you straighten your line and it lands in moving water, you get INSTANT DRAG.
Roll Cast (to catch Smoky Mountains trout):
The roll cast is a relatively simple cast needed when obstacles are behind you or you
just need to straighten out your line to make a different kind of cast. It's really just
picking the line up off the water with the rod tip and "rolling" in forward. These cast are
easy to make. .

Copyright 2011 James Marsh
Tight Casting Conditions
Brown Trout
Tight Casting Conditions
Messed Up Cast:
Most of the cast you make trout fishing, especially in small streams, are messed up
cast so to speak. They are cast that do not completely straighten the line. Pile, curve,
cast are necessary. We don't intend to teach casting on this website but we will touch
on some of the types of cast you need to learn to make in order to fish the small
streams in the smokies effectively.
Side Arm Cast made under tree
limbs work to present your fly in
tight places.  
Angie keeping her profile low to
get close to the trout in these low
water conditions.