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Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for Straight Fork GSMNP North
Straight Fork is a creek that flows into the Cherokee Indian Nation at the Big Cove area . It's
a fairly low to medium gradient stream in terms of other streams in Great Smoky Mountains
National Park. The trout are mostly small rainbows that average about six inches long but go
up to twelve inches. There's an image of one James caught on this stream on the Fly Fishing
Guide page that measured almost 12 inches. There are also some brown trout in the
Straight Fork. Native brook trout live in the headwaters of the stream. These are all wild or
native trout. The gear you need greatly depends on the species you are targeting, brook
trout, brown trout or rainbows.
If you fish the headwater streams strictly for brook trout, you will probably want to use a
lighter fly line. An ideal fly line size for that would be a 4 weight, floating fly line. There would
be nothing wrong with a lighter 3 weight line.
If you fish the middle to lower sections you would probably want a 5 or 6 weight floating fly
line. 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
Assuming you would be fishing for the small rainbows and brook trout in the headwaters we
would suggest a rod for the 4, 5 and 6 weight lines. The length of the rods should be 9 feet
in our opinion. We think a moderately fast to fast action is best.
The reels for the 4, 5 and 6 weight lines should be light and have good drags. A disc drag
that adjust in fine increments would be best. The Straight Fork has some nice size brown
trout and you don't want to end up breaking your tippet because you used a reel with a low
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. Short leaders may be preferred
when you are fishing streamers.
You should have extra tippet in sizes ranging from 1X to 6X.
Waders are necessary for fishing the Straight Fork unless the water is warm enough for you
to wet wade.
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.
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 are fishing. If
you haven't already done so, please give the flies a try. We feel confident that you will be
very glad you did.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
Floating 4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 ft., 5X, Nymphing: 71/2 ft., 3 or 4X,
Dry fly: 5X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X, Streamer 1X
Best Fly Rod:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five or
For 4, 5 or 6 Size Fly Lines
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Loon Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
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