Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing the Middle Prong of Little
Pigeon River, GSMNP Tennessee
The locals call the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River
"Greenbrier". Its a fast gradient, freestone stream located
in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's probably the
most overlooked stream in the park even though it is very
easy to access. An entrance road to the park near
Gatlinburg runs along beside much of the stream. The
fact that it is fairly close to all of the tourist activity is
probably why it is overlooked as a good destination.
Another reason is that the Greenbrier Entrance is not
very noticeable, even when you are driving north out of
Gatlinburg on Highway 321.
The entrance road follows the stream for about the first
five miles. Its paved in its lower section and changes to
an unpaved road, but one that can be traveled in an
automobile. During the warm months of summer, we
would suggest you don't start fishing the Middle Prong of
Little Pigeon until you are at least three miles upstream.
The water gets a little too warm in its lowest section.
The first tributary stream of any size is Porters Creek. An
unpaved road follows it for about a mile. It too has a good
population of rainbow trout. Its not as large as the Middle
Prong but it is a decent size little stream thats a pleasure
At the end of the main road, theres a parking lot and the
Ramsay Prong Trailhead which will take you a few miles
father upstream. The brook trout population starts at
about this point.
Trout can be taken in Great Smoky Mountains National
Park any time of the year.
Spring is the best time to fish the stream because of the
aquatic insect hatches.
Summer is great for fishing the upper section and the
headwaters for brook trout.
Fall is an excellent time for fly fishing the Middle Prong of
Little River, especially if you enjoy the beautiful autumn
Trout can be and are caught in the lower section of this
stream during the winter months and on warmer days,
even on the dry fly.
Fly Fishing Guide to the Middle Prong of Little
Like many of the other Great Smoky Mountains freestone
trout streams, you can fish the small tightly enclosed
headwater streams for brook trout, or the larger, lower
elevation waters for rainbow trout.
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Middle Prong Little
Pigeon River (GSMNP)
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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 1X
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five or
For 4/5/6 Size Fly Lines
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
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