View Full Version : Road Prong Report

04-15-2006, 05:01 PM
Well, here it goes: I got to the trailhead at exactly 7 a.m. I was the second car in the parking lot and I stroke up a conversation with the couple there already rigging their rods. It was a husband and wife team from K-town. I asked them if they were going to fish the mouth of the stream and they said yes so I told them I walk upstream in order to give them some room. I began with a yellow stimulator in megasize 10 in order to see the fly in the foam. The water levels were great and the temp was a cool 49. No hatches this early of course but after about an hour or so I had caught seven fish two of the fish were bow's. All were under 8" and then the avalanche of people started. I ran into a local gentleman who had passed me trailside and he had three fish and his buddy a couple of brookies. They were going to fry them tonight and I said I don't blame you, have at it, it will only better the fishing. Note. I know this is a touchy subject but that is my personal opinion and feel free to agree or disagree.

After I spoke to him and took his picture I went further upstream and came up on some good cascades. Fishing picked up a little but was still on the slow side.
I ran into a Mr. Zach Matthews who had fished downstream from the Clingman's Dome Rd and we teamed up and fished back up and he was kind enough to give me a ride back to the Chimneys' Trailhead. I managed to get a total of 14 fish today, two of them were bow's. A couple of the fish were 7 inches but most way below that. It is still early in the season and the water really needs another 10 degrees to start cooking up there. I guess that is to expect when you are at 4000+ elev. In summary, a real nice trip, a little slow fishing today but a wonderful area to explor. I do believe fishing on the main stream of West Prong down as far as Cambell Overlook would be a better destination right now due to the cold water up high.

04-16-2006, 02:54 PM
Hey Hans,

Glad you were able to try the Road Prong out on the 15th, better than messin with the IRS on deadline day ;D I am getting anxious to head that way and try out the 9' 3 wt that I finished building a little over a week ago. Working on a 7' 6" 4 weight that I may end up givinf to my brother when I get back to Ohio. I have decided to camp at Greebriar Island Campground. I wanted to try a different spot, and it will give me good access to not onlt the Greenbriar, but the W. Prong and the Little River as well. Hope your having a good Easter. Hopefully, the stream temeperatures will be up a few degrees in the headwater streams so we can catch some brookies and wild bows. TTYL


04-16-2006, 03:06 PM
Pineman, Can't wait for your arrival. I got a stretch of water I would like to fish with you. I guess I need to get back to the gym, since I almost died yesterday climbing up towards Clingman's Dome. Anyway, We should be able to find some good fishing where I am thinking of. I am getting so excited that I can't sleep at night and God knows I need to, working two jobs and one of em' at 4 a.m. Oh well, see you later.

04-16-2006, 08:42 PM
hey Hans,

great report. I have been waiting to see if you had been out on "the" weekend.

glad to see you had success.


04-17-2006, 09:39 AM
Good report Hans. For some reason this morning when i was in teh shower, your name tennswede made sense to me. I couldn't figure it out for the life of me and then out of nowhere it somes to me this morning. ::)

04-17-2006, 11:02 AM

We need to fish this spring. Let me know when you are coming this way on a weekend trip?

04-17-2006, 11:03 AM

Yeah, I needed a new name on here. Couldn't come up with anything clever so tennswede will do.

Are you able to go this spring some time, or has the baby arrived yet?

04-17-2006, 11:39 AM
The baby came on April 1st ;D. I WILL BE FISHING SOME THIS YEAR, maybe not every weekend like i would want to, but i already need a fishing trip ;). I'll try to let you know when i can go.

04-17-2006, 10:16 PM
Hey Hans -

It was my pleasure fishing with you man. I really appreciate the lesson in dry fly fishing those little watersheds; it will come in very handy. I went home and whipped up a bunch of neon bright Club Sandwiches in size #12 - we'll see if they work as well as I think they will.


04-18-2006, 11:42 AM
Like we discussed, a yellow bodied fly and bushy with plenty of hackle is the best, both for visibility and floatability. If you don't like stimulators try a wullf style adams with a yellow body and white calf wing. I can't preach this enough. It isn't the fly it's the presentation and number one If you can't see the fly you won't get the fish.