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Fly Fishing The Raven Fork In Great
Smoky Mountains National Park
The Raven Fork inside the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park is an entirely different stream than the
Raven Fork that flows through Cherokee, North
Carolina. The stream in the park is the most difficult to
access stream in the park. Outside of the park, a road
runs along side the river just about the entire length of
the stream. Inside the park, the trout are all wild trout.
Outside of the park, the stream is heavily stocked.
In order to fish the Raven Fork inside the park, you're
going to have to hike a good distance. The easiest way
to get to the stream is a grueling hike over a steep
mountain. It almost requires an overnight trip to fish
there or otherwise, you will be hiking more than you will
be fishing. The stream exits the park on private property
and through a deep canyon thats almost impossible to
The Raven Fork is known for its large native
Appalachian Brook Trout. The native Brookies average
as large as they exist anywhere they're found. The
Appalachian Brook trout are a slightly different species
from the Northern strain of brook trout.
Fly fishing the Raven Fork is as good as brook trout
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open for
fly fishing year-round.
Spring is the best time to fish the Raven Fork, provided
there hasn't been any recent heavy rain. Much of the
river flows through canyon-like terrain and its not a good
place to fish under high water conditions.
The stream stays cool throughout the summer and
fishing is normally excellent. Heavy tree cover shades
the river its entire length.
Fall may be considered the best season to fish the
Raven Fork because the water level and weather are
both normally stable.
Wintertime is the least popular time to fish the river but
not because the fish wouldn't cooperate. Fishing is good
unless the temperatures are below normal.
Fly Fishing Guide to the Raven Fork:
Fly Fishing the Raven Fork is different from fishing most
any other trout stream in Great Smoky Mountains
National Park. (Click Here to Continue)
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