07/17/11
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 21
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.

Cosby Creek
Cosby Creek is another small stream that offers roadside access to brook trout.
Although most of the trout you will catch will probably be rainbow trout, there are a few
brookies in the lower part of Cosby Creek. By lower part, I'm referring to the water
very near the Cosby Campground area. The stream splits into several small
tributaries in the campground area, so fishing anywhere upstream from the
campground involves fishing very small streams you can probably jump across.

We have caught brook trout a few hundred yards below the entrance to the
campground but the further downstream you go, the less likely you are to encounter
one. This is a strange creek in the sense you can occasionally catch a stocked
rainbow trout in the same area you catch a native brook trout. The state stocks the
stream just outside of the park. Although there are some brookies and even a
possible rainbow trout that has ventured upstream into the park, most of the trout in
Cosby Creek are small, wild rainbows.

The tributary streams of Rock Creek, Inadu, Toms and Crying Creek are all very
small brook trout streams that flow together to make up the larger part of Cosby
Creek. Low Gap Trail follows along nearby Cosby Creek above the campground but
it's a much smaller stream than it is below the campground.

It's interesting to note that brook trout from Cosby Creek were used to stock Lynn
Camp Prong of the Middle Prong of Little River after the exotic species were removed.
This was the latest Brook Trout Restoration Project undertaken by the park.


Copyright 2011 James Marsh