Re: What size tippet and leader should I use to trout fish in the Smokies?
GSMNP and the surrounding area are my home waters. Personally, I fish 5x fluorocarbon tippet there and 5x 7.5 foot leaders. The trout in this area are opportunistic feeders as most of our streams are not very productive in regards to insect hatches. It is not technical fishing for the most part.
Most trout in this area are 7-8 inches or less, but there are plenty of larger ones there. I have had my 5x snapped twice there, once by a beastly brown and another time by a beastly rainbow.
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