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Fly Fishing Cataloochee Creek North
Cataloochee Creek is located in one of the most
unique areas of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
It lies in the northern part not really close to anything.
Maggie Valley is the closest area of any population.
Traveling there takes some time and requires traveling
over gravel roads in some areas. It lies in a secluded
valley that was once home to several families of
It is now the main area that Elk have been introduced
in the park. There are some large meadows in an area
(something not common in the park) where they can
often be spotted. It is also close to an area of water
where it is possible to catch a grand slam consisting of
a rainbow, brook and brown trout. The park maintains
a nice campground where anglers can stay without
having to travel in and out of the valley on a daily basis
to fish there.
Most of the creek and its main tributaries consist of
typical fast moving, pocket water but there are sections
of the main creek that has smooth, moderate flowing
water. That makes it more a little more difficult to catch
trout but it also provides a different habitat for some of
the crawler mayflies that are not nearly as plentiful in
the other fast water streams.
The season is open year-round and trout can be taken
Spring is certainly the best time for dry fly fishing
because that's when most of the hatches take place.
The hot summer rarely gets the water too warm for
good fishing, thanks to its excellent tree cover and
elevation. Brook trout fishing in its small tributaries is
excellent during the summer..
Fall is certainly the most beautiful time to fish
Cataloochee Creek. It's also big brown trout time.
It is very possible to catch fish throughout most of the
winter and fishing is sometimes very good.
Fly Fishing Guide to Cataloochee Creek
Fly fishing Cataloochee Creek first requires a decision
on the kind of trout you want to try to catch. (Click Here
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4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 &12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.