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takint9 09-27-2011 11:09 AM

Smoky Moutain Fishing Help
Hey guys, I'm not a fly fisherman (not yet anyway). My buddy and I just got into regular fishing (spinner/bait), last year. We really want to get into fly fishing, but we are taking a trip to the smokies in a couple of weeks and don't have time to get the stuff and learn at that same time - so will just take my regular rod. My question is: Can I successfully fish the creeks in the smokies (goshen prong / fishing prong) for trout and anything else with just my regular rod. And if so, what type of lures/bait/spinners do you guys recommend and what technique to use. Any advice will go a long way to making my trip awesome until we get back and I really learn how to fly fish.

gatortransplant 09-27-2011 01:47 PM

Re: Smoky Moutain Fishing Help
I have fished a bit in that area using a spinning outfit (not a whole lot though). In my experience, the most productive lures there were roostertails/spinners, of the smaller and even smaller varieties. I would say make sure to have the whole spectrum covered, so some of darker colors and some very light. Both black and white are both classically productive, but it wouldn't hurt to have some in-betweens if you can't wrestle up bites. I'm only slightly further than yourself in the progression from spinning outfits to fly fishing, so I'm more than happy to help a fellow new recruit! Here's hoping my advice is actually worth something :D

possessed 09-28-2011 09:57 AM

Re: Smoky Moutain Fishing Help
Artificial lures only, no bait, and all lures must be single hook, no treble hooks allowed in the park. Have fun and let us know how you do.

takint9 09-28-2011 10:03 AM

Re: Smoky Moutain Fishing Help
thanks for the advice guys, I'll let you know what happened.

Ard 09-28-2011 12:25 PM

Re: Smoky Moutain Fishing Help
Welcome to the forum,

Here's hoping you'll become fly fishermen soon and when you do this will be a good place to bring your questions.

One word on lures for those waters; small. Single hook has been mentioned and if you're fishing for trout to be released you could crimp the barb down on the hook just to be a nice guy. Use a net to get hold of them and stay away from prolonged photo sessions with a fish, this is a tough time of year for them because they have to eat a lot before winter. The less you shock them the sooner they will get back to the business of being fish.

Good luck,


stimulator2 09-28-2011 03:08 PM

Re: Smoky Moutain Fishing Help
Remember artifical bait single hook only and don't have any treble hooks in your vest.You would do better on flies in this low water we have of hope we get rain then you will do beter. Good luck hope you do well..

famill00 09-28-2011 10:17 PM

Re: Smoky Moutain Fishing Help
It's not ideal, but you could take an ultralight spinning reel with a small to medium bobber and some flies. Just make sure you have about 3 feet of line between the fly and the bobber. Just cast upstream and across and let the fly drift. Aside from that, Mepps makes a 00 and 0 size spinner with a fly attached and I do think those are single hooks....


Jimmie 09-29-2011 12:07 AM

Re: Smoky Moutain Fishing Help
My old friend and author of flyfishing books told me that he used to buy all of the "Telico Nymphs" (a type of fly) in town when fishing the Smokies. Just in case you get to FF.

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