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Fly Fishing Hazel Creek North Carolina
Hazel Creek is considered by many to be the finest
stream in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is
remote enough (you have to hike in or go across
Fontana Lake) that it is rarely crowded and it has about
as many large fish as any of the streams.
Once you hike in or cross the lake, the stream has
excellent access and a number of campsites. It is a very
popular camping and fishing destination in the park.
This is the most popular stream that requires either a
long hike or crossing Fontana Lake. Most anglers fish the
lower portion of the stream. The headwaters of Hazel
Creek see little pressure.
The large valley of lower Hazel Creek was the home of
several families of mountain people. It was once the home
of a large lumber company's operation. Much of the
timber was cut in the valley and its tributaries. This
changed the area in many ways, some of which hurt the
native trout population but other ways that actually
helped the non-native species that were introduced to the
park. It has a tremendous diversity and a very good
population of aquatic insects.
Fishing Hazel Creek and its tributaries requires several
different methods, depending on the particular species
you target. Its waters are very diverse, ranging from
larger open areas to small, tightly enclosed streams.
The fishing season is open year-round and trout can be
Spring is the best time to fish Hazel Creek because of the
aquatic insect hatches.
Although the water can get a tad warm during the hottest
time of the summer, the middle to upper parts of the
stream are always in good shape.
Fall is a great time for fly fishing Hazel Creek. The brown
and brook trout spawn in the Fall.
This is one of the better streams in the park to fish during
the winter. It has some very large brown trout.
Fly Fishing Guide to Hazel Creek
Fly fishing Hazel Creek is about as good as it gets in
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (Click here to
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
Floating 4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 ft., 5X, Nymphing: 71/2 ft., 3 or 4X,
Dry fly: 5X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X, Streamer
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five or
For 4, 5 or 6 Size Fly Lines
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
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