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

Brook Trout Streams - Part 15
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.

Eagle Creek
Eagle Creek would be one of the last watersheds in Great Smoky Mountains National
Park that one would be apt to consider for brook trout fishing. In fact, it's probably one
of the least considered streams there are to fish for anything, although it doesn't
deserve that lack of consideration. There's two big reasons for this. One reason is
that you must travel to its mouth by boat or hike several miles to reach it. If your
fishing for brook trout, then reaching its mouth just gets you started. It would be a few
more miles upstream to reach any concentration of brook trout. This is another of the
streams that reputedly have brook trout that we have not fished and for the reasons
just stated. If you are interested in fishing Eagle Creek, I should mention that you can
arrange a drop off and pick up by Fontana Marina located not far from Eagle Creek
almost directly across the lake.

Just recently, I had a couple of Perfect Fly customers who wanted to fish Eagle Creek
because they had a boat and wanted to fish the lake some and a stream some. They
also wanted to avoid the crowds that can be found at Hazel Creek at times. They ask
if they could hike a ways and fish for brook trout. I had little information to offer other
than if they did, they would be doing more hiking than fishing. They ended up making
the trip, staying a couple of nights at the campsite near the lake but they didn't fish for
brook trout.

Eagle Creek is formed by the confluence of Gunna Creek and Tub Mill Creek. This is
about five miles upstream from the mouth of Eagle Creek. Tub Mill Creek is suppose
to have brook trout and so does two of its small tributaries. Gunna Creek has brook
trout and rainbows and I would expect that Tub Mill Creek also had both species, at
least near the mouth, although I don't know that for a fact. Both of these streams are
best fished by staying overnight at campsite #97. Tub Mill does not have a formal trail
that follows it.

Ekaneetlee Creek is located about two miles upstream from Fontana Lake but it is
only fishable from the stream. The stream contains rainbows in its lower portion and
brook trout in its headwaters. It would probably be easier to fish by staying at
campsite #89; however, I'm not certain as to how far upstream you would need to
travel to encounter brook trout.

I think the bottom line is that if you are interested only in fishing for brook trout and
you want to make certain you'll be fishing by yourself or with you own chosen party,
then maybe Eagle Creek should be on your list of considerations. Even then, I think
you could easily find both solitude and brook trout at several other locations that
would be far less trouble to reach.

We have fished the lower end of Eagle Creek on two different occasions and found
the stream to be typical of most others its size. If you regularly fish the North Carolina
side of the park, and especially if you have a boat, we certainly could recommend you
try it, but again, I wouldn't do that if you were only interested in catching brook trout.



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