As spring moves along and our waters warm, dry fly fishing in the Smokies proves to be a great way to enjoy a day streamside. There are a number of flies that will make an appearance on our freestone streams. There are many different types of flies that will leave the stream bottom to take flight from now through the summer months. Mayflies, stoneflies, and caddis make up the majority of these aquatic insects, and in fact nearly 500 different species of such flies have been identified inside the borders of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. However, it has long been known that while picking the perfect size and shape of a fly might be important, the best color is yellow in the Smokies. Within each of the mentioned species of flies there are bugs with yellow bodies. Sulfur mayflies, light yellow caddis, and our local favorite, the yellow sally stone fly will grace the skies over the streams of the park sporadically from now through the summer. When in doubt, use a yellow fly in the Smokies. Our guides have a few favorite patterns whether the fish are looking for yellow or not. From beginner to novice, the Smokies have something to offer anglers of all levels. Let’s go fishing!
Alex Quick, Activities Guide