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Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for Abrams Creek GSMNP
Abrams Creek is a medium size mountain stream. In terms of other streams in Great Smoky
Mountains National Park, it is a large stream. The trout are mostly small rainbows that
average about six inches long but go over twelve in this stream. They have been caught
over sixteen inches in Abrams Creek. They are wild trout that challenge any anglers skills.
You would probably want a 4 or 5 weight fly line for your dry fly fishing. You could get by
using a 5 weight floating fly line for everything. Many anglers that fish heavy nymphs and
streamers would want a 6 weight floating fly line but it would not be absolutely necessary.
You would need a fly rod for the 4 or 5 weight line (or one for both if you chose to take both)
and another for the 6 weight line if you choose to use it. The four, five and six weight rods
should be nine feet in length. A medium fast to fast action would work best in our opinion.
The reel for the four or the five weight rod should have a decent drag. It should be smooth.
A disc drag that adjust in fine increments would be best. The reel for the six weight line
should fit the same description.
You should probably be using at least a 7 and half foot leader anywhere you fish Abrams
Creek. If you are fishing streamers, you may prefer a shorter leader. There are situation
where you would want to go up to 12 feet, such as in the spring creek section. I would
suggest having them in sizes ranging from 1X for streamers, up to 6X for small dry flies and
midges, in all three lengths.
You should have extra tippet in sizes ranging from 1X to 6X.
Waders are necessary for Abrams Creek unless the water is warm enough for you to wet
The bottom in Abrams Creek is slick. You would not want cleats, however. The bottom is
mostly rocks. Felt soles are the best. We are testing the new rubber soles out and have no
comment about them yet.
A landing net is optional but recommended for Abrams Creek.
A wading staff is recommended. This is a slick stream and a wading staff would help anyone
keep their footing when wading.
We recommend our "Perfect Flies". We think they are the best flies you can purchase. They
have been tested in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park more than anywhere. They
have been tested extensively in Abrams Creek, even in the spring creek section.
We have specific imitations of all the insects in Abrams Creek in all stages of their life. If you
haven't already tried them, you certainly should. You will be glad you did.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
Floating 4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 or 12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 71/2
ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 1X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five or
For 4/5/6 Size Fly Lines
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
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