Fishing Season: Year Round

Little River - TN

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

60

Orvis Sevierville's Tip of the Week

Waters temps are pretty decent and flows are not looking bad for this week. Keep an eye out for thunderstorms this week!! With the warmer outside temps, various hatches are out! Adams and terrestrials are out in full force, keep an eye out for other hatches on the water. Yellow stone flies were out the past few days and fish have been loving them. Yellow stimulators have been a solid snack for flies!

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5-Day Outlook as of 5/21/24

This Afternoon Sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind. Tonight Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Calm wind. Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday Night A slight chance of showers between 2am and 5am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Thursday Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 2pm and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Thursday Night Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Friday A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Friday Night A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Saturday A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Saturday Night Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Sunday Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Sunday Night Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Memorial Day Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Techniques & Tips as of 5/21/24

Nymph with small and dark patterns have been a good choice for subsurface, Adams and chubbies have been a good alternative for top water. Keep an eye out for hatches on the warmer days this week, yellow stone flies are out on the water!

Local Species Available Year Round

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    Trout

Orvis Sevierville's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Elk Wing Caddis Black 16-18
Blue Quill Olive 16-22
Quill Gordon grey 18-22
Tunghead Pheasant Tail Jig brown 18-12
Pats Rubber legs Brown 10-14
Hares Ear Grey 12-16
Yellow Sally Light Yellow 14-20
Adams Parachute Dry Fly Grey 18-12
Mirco Chubby Olive 10-14
Sulfer Light yellow 14-20

Elk Wing Caddis

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Orvis Sevierville's Recommended Gear

Description: About Little River

The Little River system is among the largest and most varied watersheds in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 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. Wild rainbow trout are also abundant throughout. The Little River system can be broken down into its component branches or “Prongs”. Little River Rd. (Hwy 73) follows the East Prong from where it flows out of the Elkmont Campground to where it meets the Middle Prong (Tremont) and West Prong at the “Y” just inside the Townsend entrance to the Park. The roadside section of the East Prong offers smallmouth bass in its lower reaches. The best trout fishing begins near the series of giant plunge pools known as “The Sinks”, with the largest rainbows and browns frequently found between the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic area and Elkmont Campground. Above the campground the stream narrows and is more rugged in character. The Middle Prong of the Little (known as Tremont) is similar in nature to the East Prong above Elkmont Campground. Both follow old logging railroad beds up their respective mountain valleys, both are medium-sized streams by Smokies standards, and brook trout are present for those anglers who want to invest the time hiking into the backcountry to reach them. The West Prong of the Little is low-gradient, small stream offering tighter casting conditions for feisty, wild rainbows. The West Prong (and its tributary Laurel Creek) flows along the road leading to Cades Cove.

Nearest Airport:

Knoxville, TN (TYS)

Hatches:

Blue quill Quill Gordons BWO Little Black/ Tan Caddis

Best Time to Fish:

Afternoons

Best Stretch:

Metcalf Bottoms to Elkmont Campground and above

Best Access:

Little River Road