Copyright 2014 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for the West Prong of Little River
The West Prong of the Little River is a small stream with ideal flows, easy to wade and easy
to fish. The trout are almost all small rainbows. They are all wild trout that provide a good
challenge for such a small fish. The headwater streams provide good brook trout fishing.
You don't need anything to fish this entire stream but light, small stream gear.
If you fish the headwater streams for small brook trout, you probably enjoy using a light fly
line to catch them. Certainly you will be using small and most likely, dry flies for the brook
trout. We would say the ideal fly line size would be a 4 weight, floating fly line.
If you fish the lower part of the river, you would probably want a 5 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 for both the rainbows and the brook trout in the headwaters,
then I would suggest at least a rod for each the 4 weight line and the 5 weight line. The
length of the rods should be nine feet. We prefer a moderately fast to fast action fly rod.
The reel for the light lines aren't that important as long as they are light. They 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 3X 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 3X to 7X.
Waders are not absolutely necessary for the West Prong of Little River 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 "Perfect Flies". Thats not just 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. We also have the generics and standard
attractor flies, and they are at a very low price.
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