07/09/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Green Sedges (Caddis)
3.    Cinnamon Caddis (mostly Abrams Creek)
4.    Little Sister Caddis (mostly Abrams Creek)
5.    Cream Cahills
6.    Sulphurs
7.    Little Yellow Stoneflies
8.    Little Green Stoneflies
9.    Golden Stoneflies
10.  Slate Drakes
11.  Streamers (Sculpin, Minnows)
12.  Inch Worms
13.  Grasshoppers
14.  Ants
15.  Beetles

Brook Trout Streams - Part 14
It's the time of year when the high elevation streams really become important, so for the next few
days I will be pointing out some high elevation brook trout streams (and some not so high), many of
which you may be familiar with and some you may not be familiar with.

Forney Creek
Forney Creek is a very remote stream that's probably the least fished of all the sizable
streams in the park. Even the lower end of it is difficult to access unless you have a
boat. We have only fished this stream one time and that was when we were making
sure we visited all the streams for our
Fly Fishing Great Smoky Mountains National
Park DVD. From that one trip, we can say it appeared to be an excellent stream for
browns and rainbow trout.

In looking at the topo maps of the park on my GPS plotter, it appears that most of
Forney Creek lies at too low of an elevation to support brook trout. That's deceptive
though because the park biologist restored Bear Creek, a lower elevation stream, to
an all brook trout population back in 2003.
As of this date, Bear Creek is closed
to fishing from its junction with Forney Creek upstream
. The stream was
restored using brook trout from Huggins Creek, another tributary of Forney Creek.

The only information we can provide on this stream with regards to brook trout comes
from research, not first hand observation. We have not fished the upper headwaters
of Forney Creek. Although Bear Creek can be accessed from the lower end of Forney
Creek, Huggins and Jonas Creeks are probably easier to access from Clingman's
Dome. Bear Creek is located just over a half mile upstream of Fontana Lake. It can be
accessed from Jumpup Ridge Trail at a few points.

Jonas Creek can be accessed via Jonas Creek Trail. The trail follows just over a mile
of the stream according to the map. The mouth of the stream is upstream about four
miles from Fontana Lake. Only its uppermost sections have a population of brook
trout according to our information. It would be best fished by camping at site #70. It
has two small feeder streams - Little Jonas Creek and Scarlett Ridge Creek.

Huggins Creek doesn't have any formal park trails that follow it. Campsite #69 is
located near the mouth of the creek. Most of its brook trout are probably well
upstream of the mouth.

If any of you take the opportunity to fish the Forney Creek watershed for brook trout, I
would be interested in hearing from you regarding your findings.  

Copyright 2011 James Marsh