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Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for Hazel Creek GSMNP North
Hazel Creek is one of the larger streams in the park, yet it has several tributaries with brook
trout that you can jump across. In terms of other streams in Great Smoky Mountains National
Park, it is a large stream. The trout are mostly small rainbows that average about six inches
long but go up to twelve; brown trout that may average slightly larger but can get up to over
twenty-six inches long; and small native brook trout that live in the headwaters of the stream.
They are all wild or native trout. The gear you need greatly depends on the species you are
targeting and just how much chance you want to take in hooking a big one. You should
remember that since you have to backpack in or go there in boat, you need to travel with as
little gear as possible.
If you fish the headwater streams strictly for small brook trout, you probably want to use a
light fly line. An ideal fly line size for that would be a 4 weight, floating fly line. There would be
nothing wrong with a lighter 3 weight line.
If you fish the middle to lower sections you would probably want a 5 or 6 weight fly line for
your dry fly fishing. You could get by using a 5 weight floating fly line for everything.
Many anglers that fish heavy nymphs and streamers would want a 6 weight fly line but it
would not be absolutely necessary.
Assuming you would be fishing for the small rainbows and the brook trout in the headwaters,
we would suggest a rod for each the 4, 5 and 6 weight lines. We think the best length of the
rods is nine feet. They should have moderately fast to fast actions.
The reels for the 4, 5 and 6 weight fly lines should be light and have good drags. The drags
should be smooth. A disc drag that adjust in fine increments would be best. You don't want to
hook the brown trout of a lifetime and loose it because of a poor drag.
You should probably be using at least a 7 and half foot leader anywhere you fish the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park There are situation where you would want to go up to 9 feet.
I would suggest having them in sizes ranging from 1X for streamers, up to 6X for small dry
flies and midges, in both the 7 and half and 9 foot lengths. You may want a short leader for
You should have extra tippet in sizes ranging from 1X to 6X.
Waders are necessary for Hazel Creek unless the water is warm enough for you to wet
Although it is an optional item, we recommend a landing net. Hazel has some big fish.
A wading staff is optional but recommended especially if the water is high.
Much of the bottom in either gravel, sand or rock. You would not want cleats. Felt soles are
the best. We are testing the new rubber soles out and have no comment about them yet.
Naturally we recommend our "Perfect Flies". We think they are the best flies you can
purchase. They have been tested in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park more than
anywhere. You should have flies for the insects our hatch charts call for during the time you
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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.
Fly Fishing Great Smoky Mountains