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Thick laurels in the East Tennessee Mountains prove to be a difficult task for any fisher in pursuit of wild trout, and for a tenkara angler, these laurels are a minefield waiting to snag flies and line. However, the Nathaniel Skaggs cold streams of Roan Mountain State Park hold some nice fish if you know where to look, the only problem is the overgrowth of vegetation on the banks. Along with the hanging limbs with greedy fingers, the streams are narrow, almost too narrow for any false cast. This is when a tenkara rod is the best choice for these rugged mountain streams.

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On an overcast day in early May, the sulphurs and caddis hatch in regular intervals in both the morning and the late afternoon. During these hatches, the wild trout in southern Appalachia aggressively feed almost any fly that closely resembles the hatch; this includes sulphurs, caddis, and even a compara dun, #12-#18. Typically, dry fly fishing only catches about a third of the fish in these streams, and the size of the fish range from fingerling to the rare nine-inch fish. Understandably, a tailing zebra midge, or even a nymph set-up will yield bigger fish in the deep pockets.

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