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

Updated Every Thursday

Under water pic of Brook Trout
Under water pic of Brook Trout

Water Conditions:

Temp – 54-60

CFS – just below normal water levels



Green Drakes, Yellow Drakes, Brown Drakes, Slate Drakes, Sulphurs/PMD’s, Light Cahills, Chocolate Duns


Tan , Olive, Yellow


Little Yellow Sallies, Little Green Sallies, Golden Stones

Backcountry trout stream
Backcountry trout stream




Ants, Beetles, Crickets, Hoppers, Inchworms

Fly Suggestions:

Dry Flies:

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, Yellow 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

Yellow Drake
Yellow Drake


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

General Information:

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.

Projected Conditions:

We had just enough rain this past few days to keep the streams cool and full. Look for sunny skies with some brief summer afternoon thunderstorms. Green Drakes are active for about 7 to 10 more days. Great fun with size 8 and 10 dry flies!

Southern Appalachian Spec
Southern Appalachian Spec

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