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Fly Fishing Straight Fork North Carolina
The Straight Fork is one of those streams in Great
Smoky Mountains National Park that is almost hidden.
The residents of the Cherokee Indian Nation know where
it is because you would normally pass through Cherokee
to get to the Straight Fork. It is also accessible from
Balsam Mountain Road that enters the park off of the
Blue Ridge Parkway.
It is a beautiful stream that is probably fished as little as
any trout stream in the park. The stream flows into the
Raven Fork just outside of the park's boundaries. Much
of this stream is accessible from the Straight Fork Road
that enters the park at the Cherokee Fish Hatchery.
Don't let that bother you. The Straight Fork is not
stocked. They just use its water outside of the park to
raise trout for other locations.
The Straight Fork leaves the road about 5 miles from the
entrance to the park and from there upstream it is only
accessible by hiking in through heavy brush or wading
up the stream. The upper part contains mostly brook
trout but there are plenty of rainbows and probably a few
Fly fishing Straight Fork Creek is usually easy fishing.
The stream is mostly shallow and easy to wade, wide
enough to cast but still a small stream. It is probably the
most overlooked stream in Great Smoky Mountains
Fly fishing Straight Fork is good most every day of the
Spring is the best time to fish Straight Fork due to the
numerous hatches that occur.
This stream stays fairly cool even during the hot summer
due to a solid tree canopy. Fishing is always good
Fall is a great time to fish the Straight Fork. The colors of
the autumn foliage is simply beautiful.
You can catch trout from the Straight Fork during the
winter. Warm days are usually very good.
Fly Fishing Guide for the Straight Fork:
Much of the stream offers adequate room for casting.
Some of it, especially in the uppermost section, is tightly
enclosed in tree limbs and brush, but for the most part, it
is easy to fish. You can fish wading upstream in the
stream bed fairly easy where theres no trails or road.
The lower section along the road is easy to access and
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Straight Fork (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 Rod:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five or
For 4, 5 or 6 Size Fly Lines
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Loon Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
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