Little Pigeon

by Clay Aalders of Smoky Mountain Gillies

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


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The Little Pigeon as it is known to locals and many fisherman is officially called the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River.  As it has a sister stream known as the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River, aka. Greenbrier.  Okay, enough confusion.  The Little Pigeon drains from New Found Gap and much of it parallels the New Found Gap road that runs between Gatlinburg, TN and Cherokee, NC.  There is some great pocket water fishing on the Little Pigeon, but be careful as it requires a good big of boulder crawling.

Two tributaries that make up the Little Pigeon are Walkers Camp Prong and Road Prong.  They meet up around the Chimney Top Trailhead, which accesses Road Prong.  Almost all of Road Prong is Brook Trout, as it was a previous rehabilitation project by the park service.  Walker Camp Prong has a mix of Rainbows and Brook Trout until around the Alum Cave Trailhead, from there up it is predominately Brookies as well.

Please practice safe wading practices and be sure to check the conditions before you go.

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

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Getting There

From interstate highway I-40 take Exit 407 (Sevierville) to TN-66 South. At the Sevierville intersection, continue straight onto US-441 South. Follow US-441 through Sevierville and Pigeon Forge into park.

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