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Fly Fishing Gear for Laurel Fork Creek Tennessee
Laurel Fork Creek is a small stream that is easy to wade and fairly easy to fish. The wild
trout are mostly browns that average about eight to ten inches long. The browns can go
up to eighteen and larger. There are some brook trout in its upper headwaters. Rainbows
are stocked in its lower sections.

Fly Line:
If you fish the headwater streams for small brook trout, you probably enjoy using a light fly
line to catch them. Certainly you will be using small and most likely, dry flies for the brook
trout. We would say the ideal fly line size would be a 4 weight, floating fly line. There would
be nothing wrong with an even lighter or a 3 weight line. For most of the stream you would
probably want a 4 or 5 weight fly line for most of your dry fly fishing. If you fish heavy
nymphs and small streamers, I would say a 6 weight fly line would deliver most of those
flies better.

Fly Rod:
Assuming you would be fishing for both the larger brown trout and the brook trout in the
headwaters, then I would suggest at least a rod for each the line weights. The length
should be nine feet in our opinion. We think a medium fast to fast action rod is best.

Fly Reel:
The reels for the 4, 5 and 6 weight lines should have decent drags.

You should probably be using at least a seven and one half foot leader on Laurel Fork
Creek. Most of the time you would probably want to go up to nine feet. I would suggest
having them in sizes ranging from 1X for streamers, up to 6X for small midge imitations and
dry flies, in both the 7 and one half and 9 foot lengths.

Make sure you have plenty of extra tippet material in sizes ranging from 1X to 6X.

Waders are not absolutely necessary for Laurel Fork Creek but we would recommend
them. You can wet wade the stream during the summer and you would not have to use
them at that time. You can reach most all of the water from the banks but tree limbs make
that difficult in most places.

Wading Boots:
Much of the bottom is 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 at
this time.

Trout Flies:
We recommend our "Perfect Flies" over any of the generics. We have specific imitations of
everything that hatches on Laurel Fork Creek. If you haven't done so already, please give
them a try. You will be glad you did.
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