Brett, Andrew, and I were able to sneak away to the mountains on Monday and Tuesday for a little camping and fishing trip. Last week was lights out in the GSMNP streams with warm temps, active fish, and bugs galore. Our outing this week was a bit colder but we were able to get some great fish to the net fishing a variety of techniques.
Dry fly action was substantially slower due to the cold weather but in the late afternoons we found plenty of fish looking up to small dries. I managed mine on a size #18 Parachute Adams trailed behind a larger Quill Gordon. Nymphing was where we found most of our success, dredging flies through deep pools that held structure along with pods of trout. A two fly rig with split shot either tight-lined or fished about 5ft. under an indicator of your choosing is a good start and from there you may just need to switch out your patterns to find the bite. I caught a nice brown on a Pat’s Rubber Legs but smaller Pheasant Tail variations along with Caddis larvae were the ticket for most of the trip.
We never managed to hook up on any but we did find several larger Brown trout that were holding in tough areas eating nymphs close to the bottom. I was shocked to see such large fish out in plain sight this early in the Spring. Take your time and walk some banks far from the water’s edge and find high spots to scout from. If you take a couple hours of your day to just do some looking instead of blind casting you will be surprised at what you can find. It looks like the weather will be pretty warm and dry for the remainder of the week. If you need to get out and bend a rod, the GSMNP is the best place to go right now as the valley is still flooded out.
If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 865-200-5271 or come by the shop.