Best Places For Fly Fishing in the Smoky Mountains

There's something to be said about heading into the woods, wading into a bubbling mountain brook, and casting off. The sense of relaxation you'll enjoy when taking in Smoky Mountains fly fishing is unlike anything you've experienced before. Here in the mountains, anglers cast off year-round for wild trout, specifically the native southern Appalachian brook trout. Some of the best places for trout fly fishing in the Smoky Mountains might be familiar to you.

Smoky Mountains Fly Fishing

There are more than 300 trout streams totaling 700 miles of water perfect for fly fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You're sure to find the perfect place to cast off and enjoy Smoky Mountain fly fishing. Smoky Mountains fly fishing is about reeling in a great catch. Get your fishing license from the TWRA website.

Fishing Licenses

Little River

The Little River flows throughout the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, all the way from The Sinks area to Townsend. Many anglers love fishing Little River because it is easily accessible by road. It also features waterfalls and deeper pools. Not only can you catch the southern Appalachian brook trout here, but you also might reel in brown and rainbow trout as well.

Little River Trail

The Little River is very easily accessed from a paved road following the stream near the lower portion and all the way past Elkmont Campground, and it's a great spot for catching fish. You will find some of the biggest brown trout in the entire park in this stream, and plenty of rainbow trout.

Abrams Creek

Abrams Creek is different. This limestone creek flows about 12 miles from Cades Cove to Chilhowee Lake and is known for being one of the best fly fishing spots in the Great Smoky Mountains. The water in Abrams Creek supports a variety of insect life, which attracts all the trout those who enjoy Smoky Mountain fly fishing love to catch.

Abrams Creek Campground
Smoky Mountains Fly Fishing

Cosby Creek

The Cosby Campground on the eastern side of the national park also provides access to some great fishing in the Smoky Mountains. Cosby Creek follows the entrance road to the campground for a couple miles, cuts next to the large campground, and then for the majority of Low Gap trail to the Mount Cammerer fire tower.

Cosby Campground

Big Creek

Located on the North Carolina side of the park, Big Creek features a steep decline and many water pockets. The waters here are known for the native brook trout, but you might get lucky and reel in a rainbow trout, too. The 5 mile Big Creek Trail is fairly flat and provides many access points to great spots to cast a line.

Big Creek Campground
Flies for fly fishing

About Fly Fishing

Unlike standard fishing that involves casting a line and reeling it in, fly fishing using a unique method to attract fish. It requires a lightweight artificial fly and a specialized weighted line. The idea is to attract fish by mimicking the movement of an insect just above the water rather than a piece of bait just beneath the surface. Cold water species like trout and salmon, rather than bass, are the target of fly fishing.

Fishing in the Smoky Mountains is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors. With so many angling experiences to take in, Smoky Mountains fly fishing is a unique way to cast off and make the most of a day in the mountains. Ready to learn more and plan your next adventure? Browse Smoky Mountain outdoor activities now to start planning your perfect East Tennessee adventure.

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