While the trail follows the river, it does not always do so closely. There is a nice parking area across the road on the right. From Elkmont upstream, Little River is on the left side of the trail for about the first three miles. So am I! The Middle Prong is nearly 9 miles long and is joined by the West Prong about a mile before it joins the East Prong of the Little River at the Townsend “Y”. Turn east (left) and you are now on Little River Road. Laurel Creek; Hatches; Flies for Hatches; Techniques; Tennessee Tailwaters. This is a large stream by Great Smoky Mountains National Park standards. Click the links provided to get directions to the East Prong Little River access points and tributaries discussed above. View the DIY Fly Fishing Web Map to get turn-by-turn directions to the access points shown on the map above. Unfortunately this is one of the sections that suffered from the drought years of 2007 and 2008. 120 - 400 cfs - Very fishable, upper range typical of spring flow. East Prong of Little River; Middle Prong of Little River. This pool is quite dangerous and unfortunately sees someone drown every few years. Download this stock image: The Middle Prong of the Little River is formed by the confluence of Lynn Camp Prong and Thunderhead Prong and flows another 6 miles till it empties in the Little River. Its wild trout also range in size. R&R Fly Fishing provides recommendations on fishable flows: Either a Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license is required to fish inside the Great Smoky Mountains National park. The Gorge is a favorite during the golden stonefly hatches in late spring and early summer. “Guide Trip Trophy Brown Trout” © 2015 David Knapp Photography. This section of river contains both good numbers of trout as well as good numbers of people playing in the water. The USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) publishes a set of the most commonly used topographic maps of the U.S. called US Topo that are separated into rectangular quadrants that are printed at 22.75"x29" or larger. Copyright 2020 DIY Fly Fishing, all rights reserved. I’ve caught both rainbow and brook trout from this bridge although the brook trout are still rare at this elevation. It drains portions of three national forests— Chattahoochee, Nantahala, and Cherokee— and provides the southwestern boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As a result, it sometimes helps to spend more time walking and locate fish visually first in this section. Only artificial flies or lures with a single hook may be used. The stream is easy to fish since the lower portion is quite flat and it is mostly open with some overhanging trees. The drop into the pool is very popular with kayakers when the water is high and with swimmers in the warmer months. Check out our interactive map of over 30,000 of the best places to fly fish in the US. In about 100 yards turn left on Tremont Rd to continue up the Middle Prong. The Little Tennessee River is a 135-mile (217 km) tributary of the Tennessee River that flows through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. The long flat pools sometimes boil with trout during the heaviest hatches. The lowest that I’ve caught brook trout is approximately a half mile below this bridge, but again that is a rarity. It quickly becomes a larger stream with the addition of Rough Creek and especially Fish Camp Prong. Trout can be found in this section, but if you are interested in numbers, journey further upstream. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has postponed trout stockings in East Prong Roaring River and Stone Mountain Creek in Stone Mountain State Park and Little River … The Little River system is among the largest and most varied watersheds in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Overall fish numbers are less as compared to water upstream. The planned works of improvement include best management practices to reduce streambank erosion and nutrient loading from livestock access to streams, and measures to reduce erosion and sedimentation from eroding pastureland. The trail follows Little River for about six miles providing frequent river access along the way. The Middle Prong Little River is a scenic stream with long pools, in the lower reaches, punctuated with many runs and riffles and is suitable for all anglers, including kids (this is where I'll be heading with my 3 boys). So grab your favorite fly fishing rod and reel, and head out to East Prong Little Walla Walla River. Just upstream is the turnoff for Elkmont, one of the better campgrounds for visiting anglers in the Park. Here's what I found out. Below Elkmont, the East Prong becomes a mature trout stream with wide deep pools. The East Prong is very small until it reaches the confluence of the Fish Camp Prong, Rough Creek and Rich Branch in an area near GSMNP Campsite #24. PROVISIONAL DATA SUBJECT TO REVISION. Brook trout start to mix in once you get above backcountry campsite #24 (Rough Creek). Around three miles upstream from Elkmont, the trail crosses Little River. Available data for this site Click to hide station-specific text NOTICE (8/29/2018) -Data collection at the following gage will be discontinued on October 1, 2018, due to funding reductions from partner agencies. Here, as at Metcalf Bottoms, the river valley spreads out a little with a large flat area along each side of the river. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park does not allow fishing at night so we are left to dream of what could be. At the Sinks is a large plunge pool. The further up the trail you go, the smaller the stream will become and the fewer people you will see. Whether you’re fly fishing, baitcasting or spinning your chances of getting a bite here are good. Access is somewhat easy due to the old roadbed of the Little River Railroad which follows the stream for most of the nine miles. The best park streams for smallmouth fishing include East Prong of Little River from where it enters the park near Townsend to the Sinks and Abrams Creek from its embayment with Chilhowee Reservoir to Abrams Falls. This trail is the access to Fish Camp and Goshen Prongs and crosses Little River just above the junction with Fish Camp Prong. “Looking Downstream at the Sinks” © 2014 David Knapp Photography. Here it turns sharply west on its run to Townsend. Also shown are tributaries to each branch of the Little River that are worth exploring. Another stream of interest to fly anglers, Jakes Creek enters Little River near the upper end of Elkmont Campground. Download this stock image: Middle Prong of the Little River in the Tremont section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee - ADHE2D from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. The East Prong of Little River is generally just referred to as “Little River” by locals. From Metcalf Bottoms upstream, the road continues to follow Little River. “Little River Backcountry Trophy Brown Trout” © 2014 David Knapp Photography. Eventually, Little River enters Fort Loudon Lake and the Tennessee River around 60 miles from its headwaters below Clingmans Dome. The Little River above Elkmont follows this rule for the most part but not necessarily as dramatically as other streams in the Smokies. Dropper flies may be used with up to two flies on a leader. 400 - 700 cfs - Fishable, but be careful where you wade. Great Smoky Mountains Edition October 31, 2018, 8:43 AM October 31, 2018. I recommend a nine foot fly rod on this stretch. Rainbows dominate in numbers here, but brown trout still hold on for another mile or two. Here, Little River becomes a truly large stream compared to other Park streams. Brown trout over 20 inches are present but rarely caught. Clingmans Dome is located directly on the Tennessee- North Carolina boundary. Fishing Little River from here upstream will yield wild rainbow and brown trout along with the occasional stocked rainbow that swims up from Townsend. The results of severe drought back in 2007 and 2008 are still affecting this portion of the river. These large fish are extremely wary and largely nocturnal. It is commonly referred to as,“Little River,” and it ranges from easy to difficult, depending on where in the stream you are. This whole stretch, from Metcalf Bottoms upstream, goes through several character changes as the river flows over and through various bedrock layers. Additional information regarding fishing regulations inside the park is available from the National Park Service. The entire watershed of the Middle Prong is loosely known as Tremont. Slick rocks, bees, yellow jackets, and snakes are a potential danger anywhere you fish in the Smokies. Fishing Little River is a treat and this stream is a must fish for any visiting angler. You may contact me via email at TroutZoneAnglers@gmail.com or call/text at (931) 261-1884. Above Mannis Branch, Millsap Bottoms is the only other place before the turnoff to Elkmont where you can park off of the road. For the next four miles downstream, the river is never far from its namesake trail. Approximately 14 miles from the Wye, Little River flows right through the middle of Elkmont Campground. The upper reaches are accessible from the Little River Trail, an easy 4-mile hike of a few hours from Elkmont to the junction of Fish Camp Prong. The Little River system can be … The upper reaches of the Middle Prong can be accessed by foot trails while the lower almost 4 miles can be reached by road. It is also impounded by Cheoah Dam in North Carolina, and by Calderwood and Chilhowee dams in Tennessee. Shortly above this bridge is a very large pullout on the right side of the road next to the river around 11 miles above the Wye. The river is still rough here and becomes even more so as you continue on towards the Sinks which are close to six miles from the Wye. Within its bounds one can find everything from roadside fishing for some of the Park’s largest brown trout, to tiny backcountry streams choked with rhododendrons and native brookies. The stretch from Meigs Falls to the Sinks sees some good hatches and the number of wild trout starts to increase. Trout are stocked from Walland upstream when water temperatures allow. Accordingly I recommend taking appropriate precautions. This section features all of the hatches and quality of fishing as the lower reaches below Elkmont. East Prong Lower Little River is covered by the Taylorsville, NC US Topo Map quadrant Kayakers find this section to their liking. Of course, numerous small pullouts right on the road are available as well along the entire river. Nahimutang ni sa kondado sa Umatilla County ug estado sa Oregon, sa sentro nga bahin sa nasod, 3,400 km sa kasadpan sa Washington, D.C. Ang East Prong Little Walla Walla River mao ang bahin sa tubig-saluran sa Columbia River … As you drive upstream, at between four and a half and five miles, you will see a large pullout on the right overlooking the stream. The Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River is ofter referred to as The Greenbrier (Often spelled Greenbriar) because of the prickley annoying little bushes by that name. Access is very difficult to dangerous below the Sinks and should not be attempted when the water is high. You can use this graph to get an indication of stream flow conditions on all prongs of the Little River. I’ve had a tent destroyed by a bear here due to no fault of my own I might add. I’m always amazed at how small of a pocket it takes for a trout to move in and call it home. The lowest reaches experience large population fluctuations due to high summertime water temperatures. For the first time in 30 years anglers are also now able to fish for the native Southern Appalachian Brook Trout that inhabit park streams thanks to a successful brook trout restoration program performed by Trout Unlimited and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This section is also a good one for the dry fly angler. Pocket water gives way to classic riffle/run/pool stream structure as it winds lazily through Townsend, the home of Little River Outfitters. 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