Planning Your Trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
|Fly Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
|Misc. Gear and Clothing:
The following is a list of some more things that we hope will help you arrive at Great
Smoky Mountains National Park with everything you need to fly fish these beautiful,
freestone mountain streams. If you are new to fly fishing, you may want to read this
section of our website on Gear before proceeding with this.
Fly Fishing Vest or Packs:
Fly fishing vest are necessary to be in style (just kidding). They do come in
handy for storing all your accessories and fly boxes. Most shirts that are
made for the outdoors have enough pockets for everything but a fly vest is
nice to have. They make open, lightweight ones for warm weather and
others for colder weather. There are all types of front and rear (chest and
waist) packs for fly fishing that you may also want to consider.
Fly boxes come in handy and are necessary to keep the flies dry, secure,
organized and untangled. There are many different styles and types. I
prefer the smaller ones with interchangeable liners so that I can change flies
without necessarily changing fly boxes.
Fly Fishing Accessories:
There are several different types and makes of fly floatants that help your
flies stay on top of the water without sinking. There are dry powder types
and wet/gell types. Both work okay. I prefer the dry powder type. Some
anglers use both.
I use finger nail clippers. They make several types of clippers specifically for
cutting line. Just be sure you have a way to cut your leader and tippet. Don't
ruin your teeth.
Pliers for crimping lead, etc:
You do need some type of small pliers for crimping things as well as for
many other things that may come about.
I suggest carrying a small waterproof, or at least a water-resistant, digital
camera along. You may want to record images of the beautiful scenes you
will most likely discover; the wildlife you see; and fish you catch.
Polarized sunglasses are one of the most important things you should have
with you. They help you see what is under the water as well as the fish.
Different shades of color works best for different lighting conditions but for
an all around color, I prefer amber. Lenses, especially glass, are subject to
breaking when hit by a heavy fly on your backcast. Of course, by the same
token, those that don't break or shatter may also help protect your eyes
from them. This is something you may want to consider.
You should have an assortment of lead weight for nymph fishing. You need
BB size weights down to very tiny sizes.
Strike indicators are used by many anglers. There are many types of them.
Lanyards come in handy for keeping the stuff you need to get to fast and
easy hanging from around your neck.
Fly Fishing Clothing:
Hats or caps with a bill of some type helps you see better in many cases by
shading the glare of the sun. Of course they also help keep you head dry
and warm. I am listing them for checklist purposes.
Any shirt is okay as long as it is green. Seriously, you do need to wear a
shirt (or other outer clothing) in a subdued color that best matches your
surroundings. In the Smokies that is usually a shade of green. Avoid
wearing bright colors. The fish will spot you much easier.
Same as with the shirt, avoid bright flashy colors. Shades of green work
Jackets and coats that breath are the best types. I prefer Gore-Tex material
but the choice is strictly yours. Just make certain you have the proper
weight of jacket for the weather. Remember, the water is much colder than
the warm water streams you may be used to.
If you wade in cold water you don't want to forget the insulated underwear. It
was also mentioned in the wading section. Of course if you are fishing in the
winter, you will need it wading or not.
You don't have to have a landing net. They can help you prevent loosing
fish. I usually don't use one but there have been times I regretted not having
one. I have lost fish that I could have landed using a net. I also don't like
carrying them around. I snag them on everything possible. The choice is up
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Don't forget the rain gear. We
prefer breathable clothing. This
one is made of Gore-Tex material
that is waterproof and comfortable.
When you have waded out in the
middle of the stream, you don't
want to have to go back to the
bank or vehicle for things you may
need. Fly vest let you carry what
you need with you .
Sunglasses are simply a must.
Don't leave home without them.
Most anglers prefer to use a
landing net. They come in handy
when you have a big fish on for
A waterproof, digital camera is a
nice accessory to have along with
you. This is an expensive
professional model with a dummy
There are various devices for
attaching a net to your belt, vest,
etc. They are helpful.
Using a device that keeps your dry
shake or floatant attached to your
vest can be a neat way to get to it
You need a hat or cap to shade
your eyes. You want it to blend in
with the background as much as
If you are going to venture from
your vehicle very far, it pays to carry
some type of small pack with you
for snacks and water or drinks.
The dry fly needs to float high on
tip of the water where you can see
it well in some cases. Angie
applies floatant evey few cast.