Gatlinburg and Great Smoky Mountains Fly Fishing Report by Smoky Mountain Angler.
It’s been a good while since the last fishing report, but that’s not because we’ve gotten lazy (it should be noted that you may refer to the proverbial shoe that just might fit,) BUT it’s mostly because not much has changed in the way of fishing! We’re still catching lots of fish on dry flies, and those of us who nymph fish are still clinging to the tried and true Pheasant Tail nymph. One thing you’ll notice different if you haven’t fly fished our backyard since the very early spring is a lot more bug activity! We’ll get to that later, so if you’re in a hurry, and that’s what you’re here after, just skip on down to the “Great Smoky Mountains National Park” line!
As for the shop, we’ve got some really cool new things for you to try out! One of our guides, who happens to be our resident nymph expert, happened across some neat hooks, so we got some to see what you guys think. They’re sharp, and black…what more could you want in a hook? We also got a few wild looking Simms shirts, a few are what I’d call “cloud camo,” because…you know…trout love clouds! All jokes aside, they’re great for blending in on open streams on bright, sunny days, so come check them out. We’ve got too many new fly tying materials to mention, but if you’re looking to tie some crayfish patterns, we’ve got what you need to tie a fly that some carp (as well as smallmouth) have fallen victim to recently. We’re constantly changing things up here at the shop, so be sure to swing by on your way to fish and check out what’s new!
Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
As far as fishing in the Smokies, we’ve caught a lot of fish lately on Yellow Elk Hair Caddis, Yellow Stimulators, Yellow Adams, Little Yellow Sallies…you get the picture! Most locals will agree that the drift you put on a fly matters a little more than the pattern…but you will catch better fish if you check the bugs you see around the river, and try your best to match them. It’s always good to have plenty of the flies mentioned above. They’ll catch fish! Carry some Parachute Adams, Pheasant Tails, and some Prince Nymphs as well!
If you’re after brook trout, keep in mind that the Park is doing some road work on Hwy 441 up high on the mountain, so there’s a possibility that you may run into some traffic! You should still catch some beautiful fish, but just plan on heading out to the river a little early. The West Prong of the Little Pigeon has been producing fish everyday lately. It’s always a good stream to hit up because you can always get away from the crowds!
The Gatlinburg waters have been producing good rainbows averaging between 10 and 16 inches pretty consistently. You can catch these fish anytime, but it’s best to get an early start along River Road so you can find an easy parking spot along the road. If you can’t find a free spot, there’s plenty of paid parking through town.
If you want a little more scenery, head down the spur between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Brighter, flashy flies will work in both areas, but you can get away with more “natural” patterns along the spur.
If you’re spin fishing, throw single hook spinners (the single hook rule is year-round) or trout magnets. You can pick up whatever you need to fish in the National Park or Gatlinburg waters here in our shop.
No matter where you decide to fish, be sure to drop in and let us know how you did!
If you have any questions about fishing conditions, locations, or you would like to book a trip with one of our local, professional guides, give us a call at 865-436-8746 or shoot us an email via the Contact page.