Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives and Little BWOs
2. Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
3. Cinnamon Caddis (Mostly Abrams Creek)
4. Little Short Horned Sedges
5. Eastern Green Drakes (Abrams Creek)
6. Hendricksons & Red Quills
7. American March Browns
8. Giant Stoneflies
9. Light Cahills
Most available/ Other types of available food:
10. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
Don't Forget The Bass And Bream
From reading our articles in "Fly Fishing Great Smoky Mountains National Park", one could
easily form the opinion that the only fish in the streams are trout. That, of course, isn't true.
There are smallmouth and even a few largemouth bass in the streams in the park. There are
also several other species of fish that will readily take a fly. Various species of panfish such as
the mighty bream are present in good quantities. There's also plenty of Rock bass.
The larger streams that exit the park all provide excellent populations of smallmouth bass as
well as other species of fish. Examples of these are the Little Pigeon River, the Middle Prong of
the Little Pigeon River, Little River, Abrams Creek, Deep Creek, and the Raven Fork. Although
it doesn't exit the park's boundaries, the Pigeon River is a great smallmouth bass stream that
provides several miles of water. It gets close enough at one point to the park you could almost
step out of the water on park property. Yes, there are other major smallmouth bass streams
nearby such as the French Broad River. There's even a super sleeper stream with a lot of
very large smallmouth bass that's so obvious your wife could shop for days within
shouting distance of you catching smallmouth large enough to make the cover of a
magazine. As unbelievable as it may seem, you could fish for a week and probably not see
another angler. If you don't believe me, try fishing the Little Pigeon River from Pigeon Forge
through Sevierville. It joins the main Pigeon and is good all the way to its confluence with the
French Broad River. At times, parts of it can be fished from a drift boat and almost anytime
and anywhere you can use a pontoon type drift boat or a canoe.
Once you get past the float tube hatch on the Little River in Townsend, you can catch some
large smallmouth bass almost all the way to the Tennessee River. It has some beautiful
sections of water from about the city limits of Townsend through the Walland area. It can be
waded and/or fished from a canoe or pontoon type boat.
In addition to the non-trout species that's inside the boundaries of the park and in streams
nearby, there's some lakes adjoining the park, including a big one called Lake Fontana. These
too, have good populations of smallmouth and largemouth bass.
Other lakes other than Fontana that adjoin the park are Chilhowee, Calderwood, Cheoah, and
Waterville. In addition to those that adjoin the park, within a short driving distance from the
park are several other lakes that provide excellent bass fishing, including both hybrid and
landlocked striped bass. Douglas Lake is one of the better ones but there are many others
I wrote all of this for a selfish reason. I wanted a good excuse to show some of our new
Perfect Fly bass and bream flies.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
White Stealth Bomber w/ White Feather Tail
Black Stealth Bomber w/ Yellow Feather Tail
for Big Bream, now available in a hook size 10
Tequeely Streamer - Cake and Ice Cream Smallmouth Fly
Angie said this looks like a frog and I said it
looks like a minnow, so it's a frog minnow. I
guess that's why they call them "attractor" flies.
- or something that looks like a little of
everything a bass might eat. Whatever the
reason is, the Murdich Minnow is a hot fly for
Yellow Legged Ant
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