07/15/11
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 19
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.

Hazel Creek
I can't imagine many anglers choosing Hazel Creek as a brook trout destination but its
uppermost waters hold plenty of them. The main reasons for my thinking on this has
to do with the long distance required to reach its brook trout waters and the fact that if
you begin your trip from the lower end, you would have to pass up the prime rainbow
and brown trout fishing Hazel Creek is known for. From the point Hazel Creek enters
Fontana Lake, it's at least eight miles to the closest brook trout waters. Of course, you
will either have to take a very long hike or travel across Fontana Lake by boat just to
get started. If you make your approach from the Clingmans Dome area, you will have
to travel by foot even farther. It's approximately a fifteen mile hike to reach Hazel
Creek brook trout in the downhill direction. Of course, getting there is much easier
than returning back up the steep mountains. The one and only advantage in choosing
Hazel Creek as a brook trout destination that I can think of is the fact you probably
won't have any competition from other anglers. It would be a good choice for those
that seek seclusion.

There's not any practical way to fish Hazel Creek for brook trout without staying
overnight. Campsite #82, located about eight miles upstream from Fontana Lake, is
probably the best choice. If you want to fish the headwaters of Bone Valley Creek,
campsite #83 would be the best choice.

Bone Valley Creek:
Bone Valley Creek is the largest of Hazel Creek's tributary streams. It has rainbows
and browns in its lower portion and brook trout in its headwaters. Bone Valley Creek is
about five and a half miles upstream from Fontana Lake. It has several small tributary
streams that hold brook trout including Defeat Branch, Wooly Branch, Big Flat Branch
and Desolation Branch. As mentioned above, campsite #83 would be the best choice
for fishing this creek but it's still at least two miles upstream from there before you will
begin to see a lot of brook trout action. The trail ends about two miles upstream from
#83 and you will have to fish upstream within the streams and/or the small tributaries
from that point on.

Walker Creek:
Walker Creek is a small tributary of upper Hazel Creek that's only accessible by an
unimproved path or by fishing upstream. Most of the trout below the falls are
rainbow trout but there's brook trout in the upper parts of the creek. This stream is
about nine miles upstream of Fontana Lake.

Proctor Creek:
Proctor Creek is yet another small stream that flows into Hazel Creek about  ten
miles upstream of Fontana Lake. It can be accessed from an unimproved trail. The
tributary streams of  James Creek Branch and Long Creek Cove also offer anglers
a chance at its brook trout.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh