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Eagle Creek Watershed:
Fly Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Description:
Eagle Creek flows into Fontana Lake in North Carolina a short distance above the
dam. It's almost straight across the lake from Fontana Marina.

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tream Size:
The size of this stream ranges from small to medium size.

Accessibility:
Eagle Creek is only accessible by making a five mile hike or by crossing Fontana
Lake. Once there, access is gained from the Eagle Creek Trail.

Species:
The trout are mostly rainbows. A few brown trout are also present. There are brook
trout in its headwaters and some tributary streams. Smallmouth bass are found in
the lower portion of the stream.

Average Fish Size:
The size of the average fish found in Eagle is about average for the park.

Popularity:
Due to its close proximity to Hazel Creek, and the fact you either have to cross the
Fontana Lake or make a long hike to get to Eagle Creek, it's not a popular fishing
destination.

Difficulty:
Eagle Creek fishes about as good as any stream in the park.

Tributary Streams:
Eagle Creek has a few small tributary streams.

Pinnacle Creek:
Pinnacle Creek is a small tributary  of Eagle Creek. The steam contains rainbow
trout. It's the first tributary stream located about a mile upstream of Fontana Lake. It
can be accessed via the Pinnacle Creek Trail. Campsites #88 and #90 are nearby.

Ekaneetlee Creek:
Ekaneetlee Creek is only fishable from the stream. There are no trails to access
the stream from. The stream contains rainbows in its lower portion and brook trout
in its headwaters. It's located about two miles upstream of the lake. Campsite #89
is nearby.

Tub Mill Creek:
Eagle Creek is formed by the confluence of Tub Mill Creek and Gunna Creek about
five miles upstream of the lake. Tub Mill contains rainbow trout and brook trout. Tub
Mill has two small tributary streams that contains brook trout.

Gunna Creek:
Gunna Creek flows together with Tub Mill Creek to start Eagle Creek. It has both
rainbow and brook trout. It has a couple of very small tributary streams that
contains brook trout.

Comments:
While we could not necessarily recommend Eagle Creek over nearby Hazel Creek,
we certainly wouldn't blame anyone for going there to fish. It's an excellent creek in
all respects. At certain times of the year when Hazel is a little crowded, it could
possibly be a better choice.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh
Angie caught this little brown
on her 3rd cast on her first trip
there.
Angie caught this rainbow
on her 7th or 8th cast.
The
fish were active that day.
Even when other streams in the
park had low water
, this one
was moving along well from
recent rain. Eagle Creek may
have had an isolated
thunderstorm in its headwaters.
Eagle Creek can easily be
reached from the marina  
straight across the lake.
The stream seems to have as many trout as
any in the park but that's a guess. We have only
fished it three times. .Getting away from Hazel
Creek crowds is one reason its popular.
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Most of Eagle Creek consist of
pocket water.
Eagle Creek rainbows seem as large as any in
the park.
We caught several in the seven inch
range with a couple as large as eight maybe
nine inches.
This is about as large as Eagle Creek gets
(Above and Below)