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Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for the East Prong of Little River,
The East Prong of the Little River, which most people just call the Little River, is a medium
size mountain freestone stream. In terms of other streams in Great Smoky Mountains
National Park, it is a large stream. The trout are mostly small rainbows that average about six
inches long but go up to twelve; brown trout that may average slightly larger but can get up
to over twenty-six inches long; and small 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 and just how much chance you want to
take in hooking a big one.
If you fish the headwater streams strictly for small brook trout, you probably want to use a
light fly line. An ideal fly line size for that would be a 4 weight, floating fly line.
If you fish the middle to lower sections you would probably want a 4 or 5 weight 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.
Assuming you would be fishing for the browns, rainbows and the brook trout in the
headwaters, then I would suggest a rod for each the 4 weight line, a rod for the 5 and 6
weight lines if you choose to use them. The length of the rods should be nine feet.
The four, five and/or six weight rods should be in a medium fast to fast action.
The reels for the four, five and six weight rods should have decent drags. They should be
smooth. A disc drag that adjust in fine increments would be 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 7X.
Waders are necessary for the Little River unless the water is warm enough for you to wet
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.
A landing net is optional but recommended.
A wading staff is recommended if the water is high.
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
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