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Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for Cosby Creek GSMNP
Cosby Creek is a small stream easy to wade and easy to fish. The trout are almost all small
rainbows or brook trout. They are all wild trout that provide a good challenge for such a
small fish. The headwater streams provide some very good brook trout but they are also
found as low as a few hundred yards below Cosby Campground.
You will probably enjoy using a light fly line to catch the brook trout. You will probably be
using small and most likely, dry flies for them.. We would say the ideal fly line size would be a
4 weight, floating fly line.
If you fish the lower part of the creek, you would probably want a 4 weight fly line for most of
your dry fly fishing. You could even get by with a lighter line. If you fish nymphs and small
streamers, I would say a 5 weight fly line would deliver most of those flies better. I don't really
see the need for any line size beyond a 5 weight in the middle prong.
Assuming you would be fishing both the headwaters and the lower section of the creek, I
would suggest a rod for each the 4 weight line and the 5 weight line. The length of the 4 and
5 weight rods should be nine feet in length We think a moderately fast to fast action road is
The reel for the light lines aren't that important as long as it is light. The reel for both rods
weight rod should have decent drags. They should be smooth. A disc drag wouldn't be
necessary but I would want it to adjust to fine increments.
You should probably be using at least a 7 and half foot leader anywhere you fish the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park Theres situations 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, in both the 7 and a half and 9 foot lengths.
Don't forget to carry extra tippet in sizes ranging from 1X to 7X.
Waders are not absolutely necessary for Cosby Creek but we would recommend them. You
can wet wade the stream during the summer, even in the higher elevations, and wouldn't
need them at that time. You can reach most all of the water from the banks, but tree limbs
make that difficult in places.
Much of the bottom in either gravel, sand or rock. You wouldn't want cleats. Felt soles are
the best. We are testing the new rubber soles out and have no comment about them yet.
A landing net is purely an optional item.
We recommend our "Perfect Flies". Thats not only because we sell them, its also because
we think they are the best flies you can purchase. They have been tested in the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park more than anywhere else. They are not only the most
realistic flies you can buy, they are the most effective ones you can use. If you haven't done
so already, we hope you will give them a try. You will be glad you did.
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Cosby Creek Tennessee
Recommended Tackle & Gear
Floating 4 or 5 weight
Dry fly: 9 ft., 5X, Nymphing: 71/2 ft., 3 or 4X
Dry fly: 5X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X, Streamer 1X
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five or
For 4 or 5 Size Fly Lines
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
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