Rainbow Trout
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing the Middle Prong of Little
Pigeon River, GSMNP Tennessee
The locals call the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River
"Greenbrier". Its a fast gradient, freestone stream located
in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's probably the
most overlooked stream in the park even though it is very
easy to access. An entrance road to the park near
Gatlinburg runs along beside much of the stream. The
fact that it is fairly close to all of the tourist activity is
probably why it is overlooked as a good destination.
Another reason is that the Greenbrier Entrance is not
very noticeable, even when you are driving north out of
Gatlinburg on Highway 321.

The entrance road follows the stream for about the first
five miles. Its paved in its lower section and changes to
an unpaved road, but one that can be traveled in an
automobile. During the warm months of summer, we
would suggest you don't start fishing the Middle Prong of
Little Pigeon until you are at least three miles upstream.
The water gets a little too warm in its lowest section.

The first tributary stream of any size is Porters Creek. An
unpaved road follows it for about a mile. It too has a good
population of rainbow trout. Its not as large as the Middle
Prong but it is a decent size little stream thats a pleasure
to fish.

At the end of the main road, theres a parking lot and the
Ramsay Prong Trailhead which will take you a few miles
father upstream. The brook trout population starts at
about this point.

Trout can be taken in Great Smoky Mountains National
Park any time of the year.
Spring is the best time to fish the stream because of the
aquatic insect hatches.
Summer is great for fishing the upper section and the
headwaters for brook trout.
Fall is an excellent time for fly fishing the Middle Prong of
Little River, especially if you enjoy the beautiful autumn
Trout can be and are caught in the lower section of this
stream during the winter months and on warmer days,
even on the dry fly.

Fly Fishing Guide to the Middle Prong of Little
Pigeon River:
Like many of the other Great Smoky Mountains freestone
trout streams, you  can fish the small tightly enclosed  
headwater streams for brook trout, or the larger, lower
elevation waters for rainbow trout.
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Middle Prong Little
Pigeon River (GSMNP)
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Type of Stream
Brown Trout (few)
Rainbow Trout
Brook Trout

Small to Medium

Great Smoky Mountains National

Nearest Towns
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Year - round

Very Good

Special Regulations

Non-Resident License
Either the State of Tennessee or the
State of North Carolina

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Fly Fishing Guide

Hatches and Flies

Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies

Additional Information:
Fly Fishing Smoky Mountains
Angie Marsh fishing Middle Prong Little Pigeon River
Little Pigeon River trout
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with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
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hours for a response.

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you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

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