Concentration is the main key
to not missing a take. If you take
your eye off the dry fly for just a
second, you may miss a fish.
The higher you stand, the easier
it is for the trout to spot you. Stay
as low as you can to get close to
the fish.
Presentation: (How to present your fly to the trout)
Fly Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Just like it is anywhere you are fly-fishing, presentation is usually extremely  
important. When your fishing pocket water, getting a drag free drift isn't easy.
Conflicting currents, or currents that flow in different directions and at different
velocities, are commonplace.

There are two basic things you can do to deal with drag. One is to keep your fly
line out of the water as much as possible. The more fly line you have on the
water, the more drag you will have and the more likely it is that your fly will look
more like a power boat than a sailboat. The second thing is to learn to mend
your line effectively.
Casting Direction:
Most of the cast you will need to make will be most effective if you cast in an
upstream direction. Rarely will you need to make a downstream presentation but
there certainly situations where you will need to. You should also try to avoid
making across stream presentations where conflicting currents exist whenever
it's possible or unnecessary to do so. In most situations, short, up and across or
better, slightly up and across, short cast are preferred.

Casting Distance:
As we said in the casting section, long cast are rarely necessary in the smokies.
Most of them should probably be in the range of 15 to 20 feet or less. .

Positioning Yourself for the Cast:
First and foremost, position yourself such that it'is possible to make some type of
cast without hanging a tree limb or bush. Alway check behind you to make sure
you can make your back cast.

The best thing you can do to avoid drag is to position yourself in the best possible
position for the cast. In other words, don't cast across conflicting currents unless
you have to. If you are fishing from the bank, there is not much you can do except
move up or down the stream to help improve the situation. If you are wading you
can move anywhere in the stream that the depth and obstacles allow you to move
in order to get into a better position as long as you can do so without spooking
the trout.

Casting to Individual Rising Fish:
If you see a trout rising ocassionally or steadily, first get into the best possible
position to cast to it without spooking it. Your first cast should a few feet above
and land between you and the fish, not past the fish. If you cast on top of it or too
close to it you may spook it. If you cast beyond the fish you may spook it with you
fly line, leader or fly not drifting drag free. Being short is much better. Make each
sequential cast slightly farther until your fly is directly upstream of the fish and
drifting drag free.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh
The Large Boulders make
perfect hiding places to cast to
trout that are close to you without
spooking them. Notice also that
you can barely see the angler
because the clothing matches
the surroundings.
Getting the fly to land in exactly the right
place where it will drift drag free over an
awaiting trout is just one of the
requirements.
Rewards for making a good presentation in a
small pocket in a tiny stream don't come easy.
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