Angie Marsh fishing Big Creek
Big Creek GSMNP
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Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for Big Creek GSMNP North

Big Creek is a steep decline mountain freestone stream. In terms of other streams in Great
Smoky Mountains National Park, it is a medium to large stream. The trout are mostly small
rainbows that average about six inches long but go up to twelve inches. Native brook trout
that live in the headwaters of the stream. They are all wild or native trout that challenge any
anglers skills. The gear you need greatly depends on the species you are targeting, brook
trout or rainbows.

Fly Line:
If you fish the headwater streams strictly for small brook trout, you probably want to use a 4
weight, floating fly line. There would be nothing wrong with a lighter 3 weight line.

If you fish the middle to lower sections you would probably want a 4 or 5 weight floating 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 fly line but it
would not be absolutely necessary.

Fly Rod:
Assuming you would be fishing for the rainbows and brook trout in the headwaters, we would
suggest a rod for each the 4, 5 and 6 weight lines. We think the best length is nine feet.  We
think a slow to moderately fast to fast action would be best.

Fly Reel:
The reels for the 4, 5, and 6 weight fly lines should be light. The should have good drags. , A
disc drag that adjust in fine increments are the best.

You should probably be using at least a 7 and half foot leader anywhere you fish the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park There are situation where you would want to go up to 9 feet.
I would suggest having them in sizes ranging from 1X for streamers, up to 6X for small dry
flies and midges, in both the 7 and half and 9 foot lengths.

You should have extra tippet in sizes ranging from 1X to 6X.

Waders are necessary for Big Creek unless the water is warm enough for you to wet wade.  

Wading Boots:
Much of the bottom in either gravel, sand or rock. You would not want cleats. Felt soles are
the best. We are testing the new rubber soles out and have no comment about them yet.

Trout Flies:
Naturally 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. You should have flies for the insects our hatch charts call for during the time you
are fishing.
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Big Creek, North
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