My good friend Dan Flynn is the man when it comes to hike-ins for Southern Appalachian Brook Trout. I’ve never met a fly angler that enjoys bushwhacking through walls of thick impenetrable rhododendrons more than Dan. Randomly pick any thin line of blue on a Delorme’s Georgia or North Carolina topography map and chances are, Dan’s thoroughly explored the high elevation tributary.
Most anglers I know wouldn’t waste their time and energy for such a small catch, but that’s where most anglers go wrong in their thinking. It’s not about the size of the catch that’s the reward. Instead it’s the aura of true living that comes over you exploring high mountain streams in complete solitude. It’s the small doses of adrenaline that you feel pumping through your veins as you hike up a steep slippery waterfall to the next plunge pool. It’s the anticipation and excitement that you get as you peer over a boulder or log jam and spot a colorful native feeding on the surface. Decades of your life seem to roll back participating in this kind of fly fishing, and the kid in you is reborn. Make a trip to one of these crown jewel brook trout streams and your soul will feel cleansed and reenergized afterwards.
The best thing about brook trout fishing is that you don’t have to carry your entire fly fishing arsenal of gear with you. A fly box filled with a handful of brightly colored dry and wet flies will almost always get the job done. The biggest factor for success is getting into position and choosing a fly cast that will allow you to present your fly in front of the brook trout. The bow and arrow cast is a staple here and anglers should also be ready for plenty of side-arm roll casting.
Be ready to drift your flies downstream under low hanging foliage when that upstream presentation won’t work. Quite often it will be the only way you can present your flies into the prime water. Leave your nine foot leaders at home. Short leaders will shine for the tight quarter fishing, allowing you to keep the critical foot or two of fly line out the end of your rod tip for your fly casting. You’ll also find the shorter leaders will make it easier for you to land your fish and keep your fly rod out of the overhanging branches in the process.
Fly Patterns for Southern Appalachian Brook Trout
Most of my brook trout fishing is done exclusively with one of these dry flies above. However, sometimes you’ll find some of the biggest brook trout will hold on the bottom of deep pools during high water levels and during colder months of the year. Depending on the day, they may or may not be willing to come up for a dry fly. Fishing a nymph or micro woolly bugger dead drifted or stripped can be very successful in these conditions.
Keep it Reel,Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com email@example.com Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!