View Full Version : Bradley Fork in July

06-07-2009, 09:34 AM
Any body have any idea what might be hatching up on Bradley Fork in July? Will stop by LRO to buy what the fishing report recommends, but would still like to try and tie a couple on my own, if possible.

06-07-2009, 09:37 AM
I would stick to terrestrials myself as most of the major hatches will be over by that point. The fish probably won't be too picky, however, so an old faithful attractor pattern will most likely work as well.

06-07-2009, 12:13 PM
Thanks, MTMan. I should be set then. I have a few terrestrials and plenty of attractors. I may stop and get a couple of hoppers. I think I only have one in my box.

06-07-2009, 12:20 PM
Try a cricket pattern dropped under overhanging trees in a calm pocket of water.

06-07-2009, 02:33 PM
Thanks, Silver. Yes, a cricket pattern sounds like it would be a better fit. I'll look into it. I can't wait to get out of the city! I really need to move to East Tennessee, but my field is fairly specific and hard to find a job in and be exactly where you want to be.

06-07-2009, 03:44 PM
Especially if it rains or if the wind is high, that is when large amounts of them get in the water. There is a good article about it at www.flyfishingsmokymountains.com. Look at the articles for the past couple days to further explain some of the things that go on with terrestrials.

06-07-2009, 03:58 PM



06-08-2009, 10:51 AM
I would forgo the hopper patterns. 4 flies I would always have that consitantly produce on mtn streams throughout the summer are...
1. yellow stimis, great terrestrial pattern. #14
2. Para adams, #14
3. Foam ants or small beetles, all with site post, #16
4. green weenie
no need to weigh yourself down with lots of flyboxes and gear. 1 little flybox with these basic patterns will keep you in plenty of fish if you give them a good presentation.
My son got his first trout on the flyrod by himself on bradley fork several years ago. I was a proud dad when he hooked this nice spec on a stimi.


06-08-2009, 05:47 PM
Troutman, thanks for your help, brother. I need it. This will be my first trip to the Smoky's that I actually know what I'm doing. I've been on several tailwaters since my last trip and have caught quite a few fish, but I am really looking forward to catching a few in the Smoky's. From what I've seen, you have to have a decent amount of skill to take a day and catch more that one or two. That's great about your son! My wife and I are going to adopt soon and I look forward to the day that he does what yours did. Those days are priceless. At least they were to me when I think back to when I was a boy.