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Fly Fishing Anthony Creek in the Great
Anthony Creek is a small stream that flows into the
upper end of Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains
National Park, meanders through the cove and
eventually disappears beneath the surface of the
ground. Most of its water is thought to reemerge near
the end of Cades Cove as a spring creek and become
the beginning of Abrams Creek. Fly fishing Anthony
Creek will quickly teach you the difference in fishing very
small streams and large ones. It is tough to cast and get
around in much of it.
It is very easy to access the stream at its lower portion
because it runs through the Cades Cove Picnic Area. It
is not easy to access it upper portions; however,
because it is tightly covered with trees and bushes. Its
trout are small wild rainbows. There are formal and
angler made trials that follow the stream in its upper
parts but you mostly have to stay in the stream working
your way upstream to fish.
This is an excellent choice for a small stream to fish
when other larger streams in the park are blown-out
because of heavy rain. It is small enough that it can still
be fished even though the water may be high.
Anthony Creek is also a great place to take young kids
to teach them to fly fish. The lower section is open in
some areas and rainbows are usually willing to take a fly.
It is a great place to camp and be near a trout stream.
You may need to get an early start but you can usually
do fairly well catching the small rainbows in the camping
The fishing season in Great Smoky Mountains National
Park is year-round.
Spring is the best time for fly fishing Anthony Creek.
In the hottest days of summer, you should fish the upper
part of the stream.
Fall it a great time to fish the creek because of the
beautiful fall foliage in Cades Cove.
It is possible to catch trout during the wintertime in
Anthony Creek, especially on the warmer days.
Fly Fishing Guide to Anthony Creek:
The fish in Anthony will take just about any small generic
or attractor fly, but you could still do better fishing
imitations of what is hatching or about to hatch. (Click
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
Floating 4, or 5 weight
Dry fly: 9 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 71/2 ft., 3
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five or
For 4 or 5 Size Fly Lines
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Loon Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
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