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Big Creek

  • Trout Species: Rainbow, Brown and Brook Trout
  • Angler Type: Wade
  • Access Type: Public


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Big Creek is located on the Tennessee, North Carolina border on the north side of the Park, just inside North Carolina.  It is about the same size as the Greenbrier watershed, however almost all of the fishing is accessed via Big Creek Trail.  Because of the limited roadside fishing, there is less pressure.  Big Creek campground is also just inside the park and it makes for a great place to camp and fish in relative seclusion from the hustle and bustle of the Little River/Abrams area of the park.

Suggested Flies

  • January:  Blue Wing Olive, Little Black Stone, Midges, Stone Fly Nymphs and Mayfly Nymphs
  • Feburary:  Blue Wing Olive, Little Black Stone, Midges, Stone Fly Nymphs and Mayfly Nymphs
  • March:  Blue Wing Olive, Quill Gordon, Blue Quill, Black Stone, Brown Stone, Tan Caddis, Hendrickson
  • April:  Hendrickson, Quill Gordon, Blue Quill, Brown Stone, March Brown, Yellow Stone Fly, Light Cahill
  • May:  Yellow Stone Fly, March Brown, Light Cahill, Sulphur, Green Drake
  • June:  Light Cahill, Yellow Stone Fly, Sulphur, Little Green Stone Fly, Tan Caddis
  • July:  Light Cahill, Sulphur, Yellow Stone Fly, Terrestrials
  • August:  Terrestrials, Light Cahill, Sulphur
  • September: Terrestrials, Light Cahill, Sulphur
  • October:  Sulphur, October Caddis, Blue Wing Olive, Midges
  • November:  Blue Wing Olive, Stone Fly Nymphs and Mayfly Nymphs
  • December:  Blue Wing Olive, Little Black Stone, Midgesd

Suggested Rods/Reels/Lines

There are many opinions for the right outfit for the park.  However something in the middle will get you by with just about any type of fishing that you will encounter in the park.  Anything from a 7 foot 6 inch 3wt to a 8 foot 6 inch 5wt will get the job done.

Fishing Regulations

For more information on daily creel limits and additional information please refer to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park Fishing website

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Public Access Points

  1. Big Creek Trail

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Getting There

Take interstate I-40 to Exit 451, also known as the Waterville exit, just before the North Carolina line.

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