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Fly Fishing The West Prong of the Little
Pigeon River Tennessee
The West Prong of the Little Pigeon River is one of the
best trout streams in Great Smoky Mountains National
Park. It runs nearby highway #441 that crosses the park
from Tennessee into North Carolina from near its
beginning near the Chimney Top Trailhead to its exit
from the park at Gatlinburg. Fly fishing the West Prong
of the Little Pigeon River and its uppermost tributaries is
possible from the park boundary to within a few miles of
In comparison to the other streams in the park, is
ranges between being a medium to a large size stream.
The West Prong of the Little Pigeon River contains
mostly rainbow trout and both rainbows and brook trout
in its upper portion and headwaters.
The Walkers Camp Prong and Road Prong of the Little
Pigeon River flow together at the Chimney Trail crossing
to form the main stream of the West Prong of the Little
Pigeon River. The stream has a several tributary
streams. Walkers Camp Prong is a small stream that is
fairly easy to access from highway #441. It contains
mostly brook trout and some rainbow trout.
Road Prong is a small tributary of the West Fork of the
Little Pigeon River. It is accessible near the Chimney
Tops Trailhead. It contains brook trout and some
rainbow trout. You can access the Road Prong from the
Road Prong Trail which follows along it for over 3 miles.
When the trail first starts, the stream is not very
accessible from it. Access is better upstream.
Alum Cave Creek is a small tributary of Walkers Camp
Prong. It enters Walkers Camp at highway #441 and is
accessible from the Alum Cave Trail. The stream
contains small brook trout and a few rainbow trout.
Fighting Creek is a small stream that enters the West
Prong of the Little Pigeon River near the park
headquarters. It has a population of small rainbow trout.
You will find pocket water, usually on a steep
declination, all the way from the lowest to the highest
elevation found on the stream. Access ranges from
extremely difficult to water alongside the highway. The
streams are fairly easy to fish. Short, upstream cast
usually work as long as you match the most plentiful and
available insects or other foods and get a good,
The season is open year-round.
Springtime is when most of the aquatic insects hatch
and when most anglers prefer to fish.
The higher elevations of the Little Pigeon River is one of
the better places to fish during the Summer. All but the
very lowest part stays cool throughout the year.
Autumn is certainly the most beautiful time to fish the
river. Fishing is usually great though out most of the fall
Trout can be caught on all but the very coldest days of
Fly Fishing Guide to the West Prong of Little
Fly fishing the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River can
be a challenge in some areas. It has boulders as large
as automobiles in many areas with deeper plunge pools
that make advancing upstream difficult in some ares.
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West Prong Little
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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 Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five or
For 4/5/6 Size Fly Lines
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
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