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Fly Fishing Guide to Anthony Creek Tennessee (GSMNP)
The pictures you see were taken when the water levels was slightly high. That is
about as much water as you will ever see unless there have been some heavily
rains. This particular day, the streams were blown out everywhere else in the
larger streams in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We had visited Abrams
Creek, hoping it would be fishable but as it turned out, it wasn't. On our way
around the loop in Cades Cover we stopped at Anthony Creek to wet a hook and
was surprised at the number of small rainbows we caught.
This little stream can be difficult to fish in the Cades Cove Picnic area when it is
crowded with tourist. Kids like to wade the pool and that spooks the trout, of
course. Fishing early and late usually avoids that problem.
You fish this stream the same way you would a small brook trout stream, and as a
matter of fact, its upper areas have some brook trout. Short upstream cast are the
best. By holding the rod tip high, you can avoid placing a lot of the fly line in the
water and avoiding drag. Often roll cast are all that is necessary and often it is the
only cast you can make. Your backside is almost never clear anywhere outside of
the campground area.
We normally take only a four weight rod because we usually hike in from the
picnic area and avoid carrying any extra gear. If it is during the summer, a small
fly box and your rod is all you need. You can wet wade and stay comfortable. As
mentioned in the intro, this is a great stream to teach the youngsters to fish. It
should never be considered a prime destination. There are many stream much
better, but when they are blow out, you may want to make a few cast in Anthony
Creek. It beats the alternative.
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