Pigeon River: Yellowstone Prong
Bears weren’t the problem with this trip…
It was the rain…
and a lousy camera!
The photos that came out decent still didnt do justice…
The Balsam Mountains, located in Pisgah National Forest, is home notably to the East Fork Pigeon River, Little East Fork River, Middle & West prong of the Pigeon.
During the two day trip, most of the time was spent hiding under cover from the pouring rain or exploring new water…
Like I said, I had a lousy camera!
It was my second trip to the area this year and my first time fishing the Yellowstone Prong (East Fork Pigeon River headwaters).
Fishing at elevations above 5100 ft, this is really as high as it will get for fishing the smokies. Elevation is actually important this time of the year for trout fishing.
The week before, at lower elevations, trout weren’t as active as the trout found here. With warm temps this spring water has been low and fish aren’t as active.
The benefit about lower water was that walking an otherwise hell of area was a little bit easier.
Still dangerous for those fishing by themselves, I wouldnt advise fishing this area if your thinking that access will be just as easy as throwing your fly upstream.
Elevation and thick canopy keep the water cool and treacherous. Small in size the Yellowstone Prong is as good brook water as you’ll fine in North Carolina.
Brookies aka Specks, are all that picky with patterns, however, they will get spooked easily. What this really means is that after you fished a pool, its safe to say that it would be fishable for another 3o minutes. They can be fished a lot of different way (high sticking, dries…) however most of the time you’ll have to be creative with your cast. Cover is tight and close (thats what she said) and stealth is key.
After a busy few weeks it was good to sit back and relax… It was especially great spending with my new birthday present…
Full Access from the new Orvis Access on the next post!