View Full Version : abrams creek-trying it again 'cause of its "rep"

06-14-2006, 08:48 PM
Coming to the Smokies last of this month--am going to fish abrams for a day or 2--starting at the campgrounds--have always has some luck in this stream-have done best with #14 or smaller adams--but--this stream has a reputation as being one of the best in the east--Any suggestions????--I have caught many bows and an occasional smallmouth--but--they are usually small fish--8"to10"--I have read and been told that abrams is the home of many nice sized trout.My tackle is light (3wt-rod7'0")and i use small flies because i like dry fly fishing--I have other rods 4wts and 5wts--I am wondering wheather to use bigger flys for bigger fish--I like to nymph--have caught a few trout on copper johns--one day i caught about 20 bows all under 10 inches on nymphs in april.are the larger fish there?

06-15-2006, 07:29 AM
Mr. Hartsell would be the one to show you the big fish from that creek. I'f my memory is correct I think he pulled one out two years ago that pushed 22". Anyway, the big fish is there but as you know they are not as easy to catch as the smaller ones. I think nymphing is a good idea for big fish and I think early season and late season would be best. In the heat of the summer it is not so easy. I have noticed that Abrams trout are on average fat compared to fish from other park streams. They do have more to eat on Abrams.

06-15-2006, 11:41 AM
To catch big fish you have to use big flies. i would use a size 12 yellow stimulator with a size 12 pheasant tail nymph as a dropper. To catch those really big fish, I would have to resort to a spinning rod and a plastic minnow :-/. A 3weight rod would be all right endless you hook into a big big brown in fast water.

06-15-2006, 10:39 PM
thanks for the replies--i am about as ready as anyone can get--think i will arm myself a bit heavier than before--a 5wt lt5 8'9" winston--i have used this rod many times on the Cumberland River and (I get all fuzzy feeling when i tell you that i bought the rod in Montana and used it fishing the yellowstone and Firehole rivers--several times)(also i proposed to my 1st wife that summer--it was a short lived marraige)(knew something was wrong when i woke up one morning,felt pretty good--looked out the kitchen window--there were divorce lawyers thick as jack-rabbits in the yard)--what about streamers?buggers?