Fly Fishing Trip To The Smoky Mountains

If you looking for ideas of places you can take a fly fishing vacation or trip you should definitely consider looking into fly fishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Fly fishing trips in national parks is a great way not only to experience some wonderful fishing but also has the added benefit of not requiring a trout stamp. In the Smoky Mountains there are over 2000 miles of rivers and streams that hold some of the best native brook trout populations anywhere. The only requirements are that fly fishing in mountains is that you will not be permitted to use any live bait, fishing is year round 30 min before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. There are a few restricted areas that should be avoided during your fly fishing trip, you can get this information from the park officials. I for one am a strict catch and release fisherman but if you looking to keep some trout make sure to follow the daily size and catch limits on all trout and stream fish.


Backcountry Trout Stream

Backcountry Trout Stream

Your fly fishing trip to the Smoky Mountains will require either a North Carolina or Tennessee fishing license which can be purchased at many of the local retail store or sporting goods shops in the areas. The last time I fished the steams in that area I had an awful time landing anything. Little did I know before heading out that the brook trout is an extremely wary fish and very finicky when it come to the flies it likes. After two days of unsuccessful fishing in some of the back-country streams I finally asked a local fishing guide what flies the residents normally used. I was pleasantly surprised the next day of my fishing vacation when I followed his advice on fly selection and landed many very nice rainbows and brook trout. Always ask the locals for fishing information you will be glad you did.

If you’ve never taken a fishing trip to the Smokies there are many local fly fishing outfitters in the area both on the North Carolina and Tennessee sides of the park. Depending on the time of the year they fishing guides offer fly fishing day trips , float trips, wading trips and a complete fly fishing class for beginners. Research your fly fishing guide fully to determine if you need to bring your own gear or if they will provide the necessary fishing equipment for your excursion.

When you not enjoying your time fly fishing in the Smoky Mountains you can take advantage of spending time is a nice cabin complete with hot tub and gorgeous views. There is an abundance of fishing lodges and mountain cabin rental locations on both sides of the Smoky Mountains. Depending on the time of the year you can get some really great deals on these fishing cabins. Take my advise though and book your fly fishing vacation trip early especially if you want to spend time in a Luxury mountain cabin when not fishing as these often go quickly.

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