Copyright 2014 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for the Middle Prong of Little
Pigeon River GSMNP Tennessee
The Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River is a fast, pocket water stream. The trout are
almost all small rainbows that average about six inches long but go up to twelve. They are all
wild trout that provide a good challenge. The headwater streams provide excellent brook
trout fishing.

Fly Line:
If you fish the headwater streams for small brook trout, you would 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.

If you fish the middle and lower sections of the river, you would probably want a 4 or 5 weight
floating fly line for most of your dry fly fishing. If you fish nymphs and small streamers, I
would say a 5 weight floating fly line would deliver most of those flies better. I don't really see
the need for both a 4 and 5 weight lines but some anglers may prefer to use both. Many
anglers would also prefer a larger 6 weight floating fly line to deliver larger streamers and
heavy nymphs.

Fly Rod:
Assuming you would be fishing for both the rainbows and the brook trout in the headwaters,
then I would suggest at least a rod for either the 4 weight line or the 5 and/or 6 weight lines.
The length of the rod should be nine feet in length. We prefer the longer rods even in
the tightly enclosed streams. We think a moderately fast to fast action would be best for
these rods.

Fly Reel:
The reel for the light lines, the 4 weight line, isn't important as long as it is light.The reel for
the 5 and 6 weight rods should have decent drags. They should be smooth.

You should probably be using a 7 and a half foot leader in most places. There are situations
where you would want to go to 9 feet. I would suggest having them in sizes ranging from 1X
for streamers, up to 6X for small dry flies, in both the 7 and a half and 9 foot lengths. You
may prefer shorter leaders for streamers.

Don't forget to carry extra tippet in sizes ranging from 1X to 6X.

Waders are necessary for the Middle Prong of Little Pigeon River. You can wet wade the
stream during the summer, even in the higher elevations, and wouldn't need them at that

Wading Boots:
Much of the bottom in either gravel, sand or rock. You don't want cleats. Felt soles are the
best. We are testing the new rubber soles out and have no comment about them yet.

Landing Net:
A landing net is purely an optional item.

Trout Flies:
We recommend our "Perfect Flies". Thats not only because we sell them, its also because
we think they are the best flies you can purchase. They have been tested on this stream as
much as any trout stream. We lived just over a mile from the Middle Prong of the Little
Pigeon River for three years and fished it very often.  
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