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Top 10 Fly-fishing Destinations in Tennessee

 

  1. Little River
Little River
Little River

Little River presents a great opportunity to fish for brown trout and wild rainbow trout. It was featured in ‘Trout Unlimited’ as one of the best 100 Trout streams in America. Located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Little River is not actually a river. It is rather a stream and is one of the largest in the park. It is a prime fly fishing destination in Tennessee. The stream has large populations of brown, brook and rainbow trout. It also has smallmouth bass. Many of the trout are small and vary from four to seven inches.

 

  1. South Holston River
South Holston River
South Holston River

The South Holston River starts its journey from the dam by the same name. Its waters are deep and cold. The water’s temperature is always at a constant and this ensures good fly fishing conditions. The width of the river is easy to cross and it usually varies from 60 yards to 100 yards. It has more than 8000 fish per mile of water. This makes the river a prime fly fishing destination in Tennessee. Brown trout makes up for nearly 85% of the fish found in the river.

 

  1. Abrams Creek
Abrams Creek
Abrams Creek

Abrams Creek is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, like many other trout streams in the US. It has a large population of aquatic insects. This is why it has some of the biggest rainbow trout in the park. The river largely flows through geology comprised of limestone. Located inside the Cades Cove inside the park, it is not always easy to access the creek. In spite of this, it is a gold mine of fish.

 

  1. West Prong Stream
West Prong Stream
West Prong Stream

West Prong Stream is one of the 8 streams located at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. It is also one of those places where you can legally catch a brook trout. The stream has a large population of the same and also of the rainbow trout. It is located higher than most other streams in the park. This is why its water is cold and rocky. It is an excellent idea to visit the stream on a hot summer day. The stream contains some large boulders which can be difficult to navigate.

 

  1. Hurricane Creek
Hurricane Creek
Hurricane Creek

Hurricane Creek is a great fly fishing destination in Tennessee. It runs through the property of famous singer, Loretta Lynn. There are plenty of access points for reaching the creek. The best wading sections are in Humphreys County and in Houston County. Many anglers visit the creek for catching rainbow trout, but you can also find rock bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill and sunfish. You don’t need any permission to fish on the parts which run through private property.

 

  1. Watauga River
Watauga River
Watauga River

The Watauga River tailwater begins its journey from the Wilbur Reservoir. The river is fed by the lake by the same name. There is another smaller lake below the reservoir, known as the Wilbur Lake. The river runs for 17 miles from the dam to Boone Lake. It is very productive and contains a healthy population of brown trout. Wade fishing is popular in the section which flows from the Wilbur Lake. Many anglers visit the river for the brown trout. There is a ‘quality trout’ section as well. This section allows fishing only with artificial lures. There are also other restrictions on which fish you can keep. Make sure to review TWRA before visiting the river.

 

  1. Citico Creek
Citico Creek
Citico Creek

Citico Creek is located in Monroe County, which is near Tariffville. The creek holds a variety of fish, including brook trout and rainbow trout.  You need to make sure that the creek is open before actually going there, and you need permission to fish in the creek. Citico Creek is a quiet stream located in the Cherokee National Forest. It is an ideal place for enjoying some quiet fishing. You have easy access to the water, and the stream has a healthy population of fish. You can catch rainbow trout as well as brown trout in these waters. You may even spot some endangered fish, but you are not allowed to catch them. Some of the endangered species spotted here include yellowfin madtom, smoky madtom and the Citico Darter.

 

  1. Clinch River
Clinch River
Clinch River

Clinch River is one of the oldest tailwaters in Tennessee. Located in north-central part of the state, it offers perfect fishing conditions. The temperature of the water is always at a constant and hovers around 50 degrees. The river includes large rainbow and brown trout. The state-record-holding brown trout came out of this river. Its weight was about 28 pounds. The best time to go fly fishing at the river is during the middle of the week. Very few anglers are there during this time, which makes it easier to fish. Keep in mind that the water level might get unpredictable.

 

  1. Hiwassee River
Hiwassee River
Hiwassee River

The Hiwassee River is a beautiful river located in Reliance. It is ideal for fishing all year round. The river begins at the Cherokee National Forest and continues through the Appalachia Powerhouse. The scenery surrounding the river is truly beautiful. This is why the river is known as a State Scenic River. Located at southern Tennessee, the river offers a remote fishing experience. As you go on fishing, you will not get to see people, cars, or houses. The river has plenty of bugs which attract rainbow trout.

 

  1. Duck River
Duck River
Duck River

Duck River is widely considered the richest source of freshwater fish in America. The river supports 22 species of aquatic snails, 60 species of freshwater mussels, and 150 species of fish. The river runs for as long as 280 miles. It is one of the top three spots for mussel and fish in the world. The river has more than 30 accessible points. You have a great opportunity for catching a large number of fish. This is what makes the river a top fly fishing destination in Tennessee as well as in the US. There are rainbow and brown trout of course. Other than that you will find rock bass, spotted bass, largemouth bass, sunfish and freshwater drum.

Originally posted 2017-09-11 09:35:12.

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