Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
1. BWOs (Little and Eastern BWOs)
2. Little Yellow Quills
3. Little Yellow Stoneflies
4. Slate Drakes
5. Needle Stoneflies
6. Mahogany Duns
Most available/ Other types of food:
7. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
Three Days of Scouting Fish
I just finished up three days of fishing with Chris Tobias and in summary, it went like this. I've
already mentioned that Chris stopped at the South Holston on his way to Pigeon Forge to get
revenge on the large brown trout that escaped us a month of so ago. Just shortly after daylight, he
managed to catch the one on your right. He arrived at our house at noon Friday, the same day he
caught this one, so the short time he spent that morning on the South Holston was certainly very
productive. It's about an hour and a half drive from the tailwater to Pigeon Forge.
We hit the road quickly upon his arrival and headed to Little River in the Elkmont area to see if we
could find any migrating browns. Although I have read a little about others spotting some brown
trout out in the open, I'm now convinced it was either their imagination, rocks that resembled brown
trout, fly shop marketing hyperbole, or something other than fact. We spent most of our three days
of fishing time scouting the water for browns on the move as opposed to fishing and didn't see the
first one. That situation should change quickly if not already within the last few hours. The colder
weather is certain to kick the urge to spawn movement into high gear. Like Arnold (only in the
respect to the movie, not behavior) Chris just said "I'll be back".
We spent Friday afternoon on Little River scouting for browns. That turned out totally
unproductive. Saturday morning we moved to the North Carolina side of the park to continue our
search. Chris did spook a very large one near the mouth of Bradley Fork that could have moved
out of the Oconaluftee headed upstream to spawn but that was the extent of finding any at Little
River, Bradley Fork and Deep Creek.
He also managed to fish for a short time on the lower part of Deep Creek. We didn't spot and he
didn't catch the first brown there either. It got rather windy for a short period of time Saturday
around noon and the river quickly got covered with leaves.
From there we made a short trip to the Tuckaseegee River (closest large river) so I could get some
video of Spey Casting. Swinging a Spey fly, Chris managed to catch the rainbow on the right.
That's not bad considering they haven't yet stocked the river for their normal October schedule. I
did get some great shots of Chris using his new James Reid bamboo Trout Spey Rod.
Sunday morning we were back on Little River thinking the cooler weather may have changed
things. We mostly searched and did some fishing but at noon, I decided to show him Abrams
Creek. I knew getting there would take some time because the park was very crowded with tourist.
The leaves are changing fast. The upper elevations are already in full color. As it turned out, it
took us even longer than I anticipated to get to the Abrams Creek Falls Parking area. It took an
hour and a half from the Metcalf Bottoms area. We arrived about 2:00 PM.
Chris managed to catch several rainbows at Abrams, even though it was at the lowest level I have
even seen the creek. Mill Creek was larger than the spring portion of Abrams. I knew those
conditions were not good but we didn't have much choice after getting there at a mule and wagon
pace. He went to a 12 foot leader with 6X tippet and managed to catch several (7 I think was the
count) rainbows. Size 18 Little BWOs were hatching sparsely and he went to that size BWO dry fly.
I wanted to show him the spring creek part of the stream above the trailhead bridge and he even
managed to catch one out of the slow flowing spring water.
The tornado's certainly changed the looks of Abrams Creek. Areas of the creek are visible from
the trail whereas before it was completely hidden. Abrams is a great little trout stream. Although I
don't like the time it takes to get there during the busier tourist times of the year, all things
considered, maybe that isn't such a bad thing. It certainly helps to keep the number of anglers that
fish it down.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
South Holston Brown
Tuckasegee River Rainbow
Above and left Abrams Creek
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