Day Two – Little River
My wife Brooke joined John and I for our fishing expedition on the Little River. She accompanied us the last time we went fishing in the Smokies a couple years ago. On our last expedition, we fished Porter’s Creek (in the Greenbrier area), the Little River, Jake’s Creek, Cataloochee Creek, and Abrams Creek. She is a trooper when it comes to outdoors type of things. She hikes along with us with her backpack with all sorts of snacks, drinks, camera, and of course her many books to keep her occupied while we are fishing. I was surprised she decided to make the trip again considering she got chiggers in the Elkmont area around the time the fireflies were in their prime.
We got to Little River Outfitters before they opened their doors. Once they opened up, several fishermen including us quickly entered and we began selecting some of the best flies to match the hatches during this time of year. We stopped to chat with one of the employees for a while who had some experience fly fishing in Montana where John is going in a couple weeks – around the Cooke City area.
The fishing of the Little River was decent. John had caught three fish within the first 20 minutes or so – all rainbows. As we drove along Little River Road we tried to cherry pick the best spots. Surprisingly we fared better closer toward Townsend rather than the section between Metcalf Bottoms and Elkmont with the higher elevations and cooler water temperatures. We ventured into Elkmont and went to check out Jake’s Creek again, but decided to just go ahead and fish the East Prong of the Little River instead as we were more familiar with this portion of the river. We got some excellent photos of the beautiful scenery along the Little River and John again caught a couple rainbows.
After fishing the Little River we got a bite to eat at a local Italian restaurant in Boyd’s Creek and then headed to Bass Pro Shops – John needed a new leader and I needed some new tippet. The next day was the fishing trip planned with my client, his son, and two of his friends/employees. We had decided the best thing to do was to fish a relatively wide and easy access river such as the Oconaluftee since they weren’t used to fly fishing in the Mountains. They have plenty of experience fly fishing in Louisiana for redfish and several other species, but it is a totally different style here in the Smokies!
For more photos of our fishing trip on the Little River in the Great Smoky Mountains please click the links below: