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Oconaluftee River GSMNP North Carolina
The Oconaluftee River is one of the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park's better trout streams. This
stream has easy access for most of its length and an
excellent aquatic insect population for a Smoky
Mountain freestone stream.

The Oconaluftee River is made up from several streams.
The stream is formed by the confluence of Beech Flats
Prong and Kephart Prong. It is a small stream at this
point. Kanati Branch is a small tributary of Beech Flats

It has a large tributary stream, Bradley Fork, which is
within itself a fine trout stream that offers several miles
of fishing. It is easily accessed near its confluence with
the Oconaluftee River at the Smokemont campground.
The Bradley Fork is about as large as the Oconaluftee
at this point. It becomes smaller upstream of the
campground but is still a good size stream. It has an
excellent population of both brown and rainbow trout
with brook trout in its upper waters. Chasteen Creek is a
relatively good sized tributary of Bradley Fork. Taywa is
another small tributary of Bradley Fork. Chasm Prong
and Gulf Prong form the Brandley Fork.

Collins Creek is Yet another small tributary of the
Oconaluftee River. Below the confluence of Bradley
Fork, the river is quite large in comparison to other
streams in the park. It flows out of the park's boundaries
and through Cherokee, North Carolina where it is
stocked by the City.

The fishing season in Great Smoky Mountains National
Park is year-round.
Spring is probably the best time to fish the Oconaluftee
River. It provides the most aquatic insect hatches.
All but the very lowest part of the river stays cool
enough to provide good fishing on the hottest days of
Fall is a great time to fish the river. Some would argue
that it is even better than the spring. It is certainly the
most beautiful time of year.
The Oconaluftee provides good trout fishing on all but
the very coldest days of winter.

Fly Fishing Guide to Oconaluftee River:
This stream has an excellent canopy of trees throughout
its length that provides cover from the sun during the
summer and helps keep the water cool but also makes it
difficult to cast in many places.
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Type of Stream

Rainbow Trout
Brown Trout
Brook Trout (Native)


Great Smoky Mountains National

Nearest Towns
Cherokee, North Carolina

Year - round

Easy to Difficult

Special Regulations

Non-Resident License
Either the State of Tennessee or the
State of North Carolina

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