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Fishing the Smokies

Posted by on June 11, 2011

The streams in the Smokies have been fishing extremely well over the last few weeks.  With Yellow Stones and Light Cahills as the main hatches the dry fly action has been fantastic.  Use Little Yellow Stones in sizes 14-16 and Light Cahills in sizes 12-16. With the recent heavy rain you may also think about throwing some big stonefly nymphs when the streams are high and off color.  Any golden stone or brown stone pattern should do the trick.  An excellent pattern for the Smokies is Lowe’s V-Rib Stonefly in #6, #8 or #10.  Fishing can be great almost anytime of day in the Smokies but you would do well to remember that the early morning hours and the hours right around dusk will produce the best fishing.  Larger browns tend to be more active at these times.