I fished Road Prong the other day from about 11 am to 3 pm, above the 4th bridge, fishing started a bit slow, but then picked up by early afternoon, some size 10-12 brownish mayflies came off, figured they might still be Quill Gordons with the higher elevation, ended up catching around 8 Brookies, nothing beyond 6.5 inches, but lovely all the same; one 6" male had some of the most vibrant coloration I've seen on one of these natives, a living jewel. I used a size 12 rusty parachute pattern of my own creation, on 5X. The water was a bit chilly, couldn't have been more than 50 degrees, but the weather was brilliant, and at least some of the fish didn't seem to mind.
Something about Road Prong draws me back to this stream every time I visit the Park, the multicolored stones, clear plunging cascades, the brilliant Brook trout--one of the special waters that resounds in me, that seems to embody what is best about this wonderful place called the Smokies.
Tight lines, Iain