The rivers are filling back up after some much needed rain. If the rain keeps up for more than a day, fishing conditions could really improve. However, if it stays dry the mountain streams will receded within a few days.
This time of year dry flies are preferred by most. Yet, when the water is too low or murky, depending on the weather, nymphs may be the better choice. Using a dry dropper rig is your best bet for any where anytime.
Yellow patterns are still hot right now. [Yellow Sally, Yellow Neversink Caddis, Yellow Stimulator] We are getting into the time of year where Ant Patterns and Inch Worms start to become more and more popular. You may have some luck trying either of those or another terrestrial or hopper pattern as well. If you're choosing to do the dropper rig or just nymph, a Bead Head Pheasant Tail will always work, or try Prince Nymphs or Tellico Nymphs. Keeping all flies in the 14-16 size range.
Fishing in Gatlinburg stays pretty steady this time of year. The rain does affect the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River, thankfully not for very long. If the water looks like chocolate milk, it's not going to fish well. Wait for a day or so -if the rain holds off- and the river will be down and in perfect fishing conditions. Get yourself a spin rod with a Rooster Tail or Trout Magnet and you will be on your way to a great afternoon of fishing. It doesn't take much to go and have a good time.
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