Pisgah National Forest, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and waters along the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Charlie with Wild Brown Trout
Charlie with Wild Brown Trout

Water Conditions:

Temp – 58-60

CFS – just above normal water levels




Sulphurs/PMD’s, Yellow Drakes, Brown Drakes, Slate Drakes, Light Cahills, some Green Drakes in the evenings on certain streams.


Tan , Black, Olive


Little Yellow Sallies, Little Green Sallies, Golden Stones




Ants, Beetles, Crickets, Hoppers, Inchworms

John on a Backcountry Stream
John on a Backcountry Stream

Fly Suggestions

Dry Flies:

Flick’s March Brown, CDC Compardun Sulphur, Yellow Palmer, Yellow Humpy, Chartreuse Humpy, Yellow Mayfly Drake, Light Cahill, Brown Drake Spinner,  Slate Drake Dun, Slate Drake Spinner, Green Drake Dun, Coffin Fly (Green Drake Spinner) Tan Headlight Caddis, Black Elk Hair Caddis, Yellow Sally, Tennessee Wulff, Yellow Para Madam X, Yellow Stimulator, Ants, Beetles, Crickets, Hoppers, Inchworms

Nymphs and Pupa: Slate Drake Nymph, Mayfly Wiggle Nymph, Olive Hare’s Ear,  Tellico Nymph, Yallarhammer, Crow Fly, Tan Braid Pupa, Olive Grand Poopah, Boss Hog Light, Yellow Tungsten Copper Stone


Spruce Fly, Hornberg, Muddler Minnow, various wooly buggers in medium size range.

General Information & Gear Tips

WNC Wild Brown Trout
WNC Wild Brown Trout

When I fish the wild waters I usually take the minimalist approach, (unless I am going to hike in more than a mile or so) by using a small chest pack such as the William Joseph “Amp” or “Current chest packs or the Fishpond “San Juan Vertical Chest Pack” with one C&F waterproof flybox filled with a good assortment of the Traditional Southern Appalachian Flies and some terrestrials mentioned last week.

My favorite rod/reel/line set up would be the Scott G2 7’7″ 2 wt rod, a Lamson Litespeed 1 reel and a 2 wt. Triangle Taper fly line. The G2 is a medium action rod with a quick tip for getting those dry flies into tight spots. The Lamson Litespeed 1 is made from ultra light aluminum so it is light enough to balance out with the lightweight G2 rod and the Triangle Taper fly line is perfect for a day of roll casting with an occasional opportunity for a few longer casts into larger pools.

Andy on a Backcountry Stream
Andy on a Backcountry Stream

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