Streams (Click on the streams below for information)
|Fly Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Tennessee Side of the Park:
North Carolina Side of the Park:
West Prong of the Little River Watershed:
We have divided the fly-fishing waters in the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park into (19)
nineteen major streams or watersheds that
exit the park along with several minor streams
that we lumped together under the two
miscellaneous categories. With the exception
of Little River, each watershed is designated
by the name of the stream that exits the Park.
Little River is divided into its three main
tributary streams because the main stream of
the Little River exists only for approximately a
mile within the park’s boundaries.
Most of these watersheds have tributary
streams, some of which are comparatively
large. These tributary streams are included
along with the watershed streams that exit the
Irrespective of how you categorize them, we
are covering all of the streams in the park one
could rightly call fishable water for trout.
Occasionally we will say “small, medium and
large” when we are describing some of the
streams. By that we mean a “small” size small
stream, a “medium” size small stream and a
“large” size small stream. There isn't any large
streams as such inside the park. They are all
“small” streams when compared to other
streams nationwide that support trout.
You will also hear us refer to the trout as small,
medium and large. By that we mean small,
medium or large as compared to the “other
trout in the park”, not other trout nationwide. For
example a small rainbow would be one less
than five inches long, a medium size rainbow
one that is five to nine inches long and large
size rainbow on that is nine to twelve inches
long or larger. This is because as we have
previously mentioned, the rainbow trout in the
park average about 5 to 8 inches long. Brown
trout can grow to much larger sizes. Fish over
20 inches are common. Brook trout average
only about 4 to 8 inches long.
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A Wild turkey can often be spotted
on the way to your destination. For
some reason there always seems
to be more spotted on a rainy day.
A large rainbow trout for the
park. This one measured over
13 inches. Fish like this are not
Photo your fish:
This way you can show others
the beauty of the fish and why
you returned it to the stream.
Most of the streams in the park
have large boulders that have
been rounded by water for many,
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Forney Creek is a great place to
fish during the fall season. It can
provide some nice fish and you
want have any competition.
HIking in to get away from the
roads and the crowds is the best
way to find water that hasn't
been disturbed by anyone.
streams that are above about
3,000 feet in elevation. They are
Brook Trout the only native trout
(actually char) that are found in
Just about all the streams have
rainbow trout except a few that
are in the highest elevations and
a few the park has removed
them from to help the brook trout.
Little Yellow Stoneflies or
Yellow Sallies, as most anglers
call them, work great over a long
hatch span. This is the "Perfect
Fly" Yellow Sally Nymph.
Many of the streams in Great Smoky
Mountains National Park have smallmouth
bass. Lower Little River is one of the better
Our "Perfect Fly" Brown Crayfish fly is an
excellent fly to use for the smallmouth bass. It
closely resembles the crawfish (crayfish) that
are in the park streams. Large brown trout
will also take this fly as the crayfish are a part
of their diet and one reason they get so large.
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