Great Smoky Mountains National Park

About the Rivers

All the rivers in the Park are freestone streams with good populations wild trout and insects. Some of the major insects are caddis, mayflies, and stoneflies. Fishing access is never a problem with many of the rivers flowing along roads or within easy hiking range. Rivers range in size from the large fast flowing runs and pools of the Little River to small tumbling brooks like Roaring Fork.


Tackle and Tactics

Rods and Reels: 7′ – 8′ rods for 3 – 5 wt line with a sturdy reel.

Leaders and Tippet:7’6″ – 9′ leaders tapered to 4x – 6x and 4x, 5x, or 6x tippet.

Flies: (Dries) Caddis, Adams, Royal Wulff, Stimulator, Humpys, and Terrestrials (Nymphs) Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, and Stoneflies.

Camping and Lodging

There are many great campgrounds in the Park including Elkmont (on Little River), Smokemont (on Oconaluftee), Abrams (on Abrams Creek), and Cades Cove (on Abrams Creek) the most crowded in the Park. There are also motels and hotels in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Cherokee.