08/20/09

Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.   Blue-winged Olives - mostly Little BWO - Isolated hatches
2.   Mahogany Duns
3.   Midges - hatching in isolated locations
4.   Little Yellow Stoneflies - hatching (Little Summer Stones)
5.   Slate Drakes - hatching
6.   Cream Cahills - hatching in Isolated locations
7.   Beetles
8.   Grasshoppers
9.   Ants
10. Inch Worms
11. Crane Flies
12. Helligramite
13. Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish

The Dog Days of Summer - Part 4
Yesterday, I mentioned some of the most popular places in the park where you can
fish for brook trout a few yards from your vehicle. Those were Walkers Camp Prong
and Road Prong of Little Pigeon River. I also mention the Beech Flats Prong of the
Oconaluftee River. These locations are found along highway #441 that crosses the
park.

Another popular place is Cosby Creek. If you drive to very near the end of the road
at Cosby Creek Campgrounds, you can catch brook trout and small rainbow trout
just a few feet from your vehicle. If you park at the campground and do a little hiking
you can reach plenty of small brook trout water.

Another place is at the end of the road that follows the Middle Prong of Little Pigeon
River. This area is locally known as Greenbrier. You can start fishing just below the
parking lot at the end of the road and start catching brook trout along with the
rainbows. If you want to do a little hiking, then the Ramsay Cascade Trail will take
you to plenty more brook trout.

Another place, and our favorite of them all, is Cataloochee Creek. You can catch
brook trout just off the road anywhere from just above the Cataloochee
Campground upstream. This is a nice size stream with brook trout, brown trout and
rainbows in the same water. If you want to do a little hiking then you can also catch
brook trout from the tributary streams coming into the Cataloochee River.

The last place I will mention is Straight Fork Creek. You can park and start fishing at
the point the road (called Balsam Mountain Road by some) leaves the stream. Its
about five miles upstream from the park entrance at the Cherokee fish hatchery.
Fish upstream as far as you want to go and you will pick up some brook trout along
with the rainbows. It is possible a brown trout may even be caught there.

There are a very few other tiny streams that are nearby roads where you can catch
brook trout but I don't think any of them are worth mentioning. What I have listed is
about it. Most all of the better brook trout water in the park is a good ways from any
roads. You will have to hike in to fish it. Some of the best streams require overnight
trips to some of the park's remote backcountry campsites. You may get to some of
the better ones and back during the day but you would have little time to fish.

The very best stream in the park to fish for brook trout is the Raven Fork. It is best
fished from campsite #47. It is about a three mile difficult hike from the Hyatt Ridge
Trailhead on the Straight Fork Creek Road to the campsite.  

I have just provided you with some of the best brook trout waters for the "Dog Days
of Summer". Don't let the phase be an excuse not to fish Great Smoky Mountains
National Park because the Dogs Days of Summer are good days for the brook trout.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh