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Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for Deep Creek (GSMNP) North
We recommend a 4, 5 or 6 weight, floating fly line for your fly fishing. You could get by using
a 5 weight floating fly line for all your fly fishing. Most anglers that fish heavy nymphs and
streamers prefer a 6 weight fly line. It is better than the five weight for the heavier flies.
We suggest a fly rod nine feet in length, in a medium fast to fast action, for the four, five and
six weight lines.
The reels for the four, five and six weight lines should be light and have smooth, decent
drags. They should adjust in fine increments. You don't want to loose one of the large Deep
Creek brown trout because of a poor drag.
We recommend at least a 7 and half foot leader anywhere you fish the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park. You may prefer a shorter leader for streamers. There are
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 and midges, in both the 7 and half
and 9 foot lengths.
You should carry extra tippet in sizes ranging from 1X to 6X.
Waders are necessary for Deep Creek unless the water is warm enough for you to wet
wade. We prefer breathable waders.
Much of the bottom in either gravel, sand or rock. You do not want cleats. Felt soles are the
best. We are testing the new rubber soles out but do not have any comments about them at
We recommend our "Perfect Flies". They are not only the most realistic flies you can
purchase, they are the most effective. They have been tested in the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park more than anywhere else. You should have flies for the insects our hatch
charts call for during the time you are fishing.
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