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    Default Trip advice (which streams and flies)

    Hey guys! I'm thinking about heading down to the Smokies next weekend (Dec 10-12), but have some questions first. This was my first year ever fishing in the Smokies, even though I've been fly fishing for several years. I fished in the spring and summer and did pretty good on dry flies.

    First, where should I fish? I don't mind hiking a little, but I'm not planning on backpacking. I really enjoyed fishing Sams Creek and Thunderhead earlier in the year. Am I going to be better off with lower elevation streams like the Little? Should I avoid high elevation streams? What about some brook trout streams like up by the Chimneys?

    Second, it sounds like (based on a few posts) that nymphs are going to produce better than dry flies. So, how do you guys rig? Dry fly with a dropper? Or do you use a strike indicator?

    Thanks for the tips!!!!
    MD

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    I would fish lower elevation streams. If you liked sams creek then you know where the middle prong of the little river is. In my experience the tremont area always fishes well in the winter. I would definitely go with a strike indicator. Use some split shot, and move from hole to hole a little slower than you would in warmer months. Tie up (or buy) some size 14 and 16 prince nymphs, and you should be set!

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    I talked with Ethan at the shop for a bit yesterday. He said he has been having good luck with prince nymphs and girdle bugs.

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    Best advice i can give is:
    • Fish lower elevations
    • Fish nymphs (Prince, BHPT and BH hares ear); better yet dropper rigs (big stone flys, Girdle Bugs...anything buggy and leggy)
    • Read Hugh Hartsell's articles for nymph fishing...they are dead on in technique. His website is: http://www.smokymountainflyguide.com/

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    I agree with the previous suggestions. I usually like to fish two nymphs and usually stick with the prince, tellico and bhpt. Somedays I'll use an indicator and other days I'll tight line em.
    Jason

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    Quote Originally Posted by LA MantaRay12 View Post
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    Hey guys. Thanks for the advice. It will come in handy next weekend.

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    Unhappy Unless it warms up I'm afraid you might just be working on your cast

    I paddled the Sinks yesterday. Water temp was 41. Byron reported 42 even all the way down at the swinging bridge. The tops of the mountains are covered in snow and the first taste of winter has set in. Following other advice about deep nymphing may be your only chance at anything, but it's hard enough to fish the park when water temps are below 46 or so, and I'm afraid 41 might have them just lying dormant

    I hope for your sake it warms up, or I'm wrong, but you may want to have really low expectations.

    James Locke

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    Roaring Fork might be worth a shot. Wherever you fish, I would focus on the parts of the river that are in the sun.

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    Watch the weather. We had a dusting of snow Sunday morning during church here in Cleveland. A flurry or two this morning. Just think, you get snowed in, you might have to survive on trout fishing.

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