Copyright 2015 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for the West Prong of Little
Pigeon River GSMNP Tennessee
If you fish the headwater streams for small brook trout, you probably enjoy using a light
weight 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. There
would be nothing wrong with using a lighter weight line.
Most anglers would probably want a 4 weight fly line for much of their dry fly fishing. You
could get by with a 5 weight line for all of the fishing but many prefer the lighter 4 weight line
for dry flies. If you fish nymphs and small streamers, I would say a 5 weight fly line would
deliver most of those flies better. Many anglers want a 6 weight line to deliver heavier
nymphs and streamers.
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 of the line classes you choose to use. The
length of the 4 weight rod should be 9 foot in length. We have found that contrary to many
angler's belief, longer rods work best in the small,tight streams. We think a moderately fast
to fast action rod is best.
The four, five and or six weight rods should be nine feet in length. A medium fast to a fast
action is best in our opinion. This would make the rod more versatile.
The reel for the light line, the 4 weight, isn't important as long as it is light. The reel for the
five and six weight rods should all have decent drags. They should be smooth. A drag that
adjust to fine increments would be preferred.
You should be using at least a 7 and half foot leader much of the time on the West Prong of
the Little Pigeon River. There's situations 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, in
both the 7 and a half and 9 foot lengths.
Don't forget to carry extra tippet in sizes ranging from 1X to 7X.
Waders are necessary for the Pigeon River. You can wet wade the stream during the
summer, even in the higher elevations, and wouldn't need them at that time.
Much of the bottom in either gravel, sand or rock. You don'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". That's not only because we sell them, it's 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.
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West Prong Little
Pigeon River (GSMNP)
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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