Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. Cream Cahills
2. Cinnamon Caddis
3. Slate Drakes
4. Little Green Stoneflies
5. Mahogany Duns
Most available - Other types of food:
6. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
7. Inch Worms
More Brook Trout Streams #4
It's the time of year when the high elevation streams really become important, so for the
next few Getting Started articles, 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.
Most people that refer to Bunches Creek are referring to the section outside the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park in Cherokee North Carolina. It runs into Raven Fork in
Cherokee. There's places it can be fished outside the park and even places it is stocked
but the best brook trout fishing is inside the park.
You can access Bunches Creek from the Heintoogo Ridge Road which starts at the Blue
Ridge Parkway about eleven miles from its beginning. After traveling about four miles, you
will enter GSMNP.
About half way to Balsam Mountain Campground, approximately two and a half miles from
the entrance to the park, you will pass the first access (trailhead) to the Flat Head Trail. A
short hike down the trail will take you to Bunches Creek. This is the only point you can
reach the creek inside the park via an official trail. You can fish up or down the stream
from where the trial crosses the stream.
Flat Creek is a small tributary of Bunches Creek. It too can be accessed from the Flat
Head Trail but it's best to use the trailhead at the end of the paved section at the Picnic
Area just past the Balsam Mountain Campground. This is near the beginning of the
one-way, Round Bottoms Road that takes you to the Straight Fork.
By the way, the Balsam Mountain Campground is the highest elevation campground in the
park. Flat Creek also starts at a very high elevation and that, along with it's slightly difficult
access and remote location is one reason for it and Bunches Creek's good brook trout
Most people that use this trail, use it to access Flat Creek Falls. It's about a half mile to
Flat Creek. The stream can be fished all the way to Bunches Creek but mostly from within
the stream. It's small and tight. The trial does follow the creek but access isn't always
easy. Although it's at a high elevation, the stream isn't on a extremely steep decline. From
a climbing standpoint, It's easier to fish than most other high elevation streams.
Enloe Creek is another great Smoky Mountains brook trout stream. It's a tributary of the
best brook trout stream in the park - the Raven Fork. Enloe Creek isn't easy to fish or
better said, it isn't easy to wade. It's basically large pools connected by plunges. It takes a
lot of climbing to fish it.
The stream can be accessed two different ways - from Smokemont Campground on the
Bradley Fork, or the Hyatt Ridge Trail off of the Straight Fork Creek Road. The only thing
about using the later trail is that you probably won't fish Enloe Creek, or at least at your
first stop. That's because you have to cross Raven Fork. You can reach the Enloe Creek
Trail from either of those two directions, the shorter distance being the Hyatt Ridge way.
It is possible to fish the stream on a day trip but for someone my age, your doing good to
fish it at all. I would prefer a day to get there and three days to rest after I get there. I'm
kidding but it is not an easy day trip and that's not kidding. You can stay at campsite #47
and that's probably the best way to fish the stream.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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