08/17/10
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives (See Below)
2.    Mahogany Duns
3.    Little Yellow Stoneflies - Summer Stones
4.    Slate Drakes
5.    Ants
6.    Inchworms
7.    Beetles
8.    Grasshoppers
9.    Hellgrammite
10.  Cranefly
11.  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
12.  Cream Cahills


Basics Series - Top Tips on Trout Streams In The Smokies

1. The Top Stream in the Smokies:
The first thing to learn about the top stream in the Smokies, is there isn't such a
thing as the top stream. There are many streams that are tops in one respect or
another but I don't think any of them could be called the top stream.

2. Not All Streams Have All Three Trout Species:
You should know that not all of the streams in the Great Smoky Mountain National
Park have brook, brown and rainbow trout. Some only have rainbows, some only
have brook trout, some have rainbow and brook trout, some have rainbow and
brown trout, and some have all three species. The streams section of this website
will identify the species each one has.

3. Some Top Brown Trout Streams:
Some of the better brown trout streams in the park are the East Prong of the Little
River (usually called Little River) on the Tennessee side of the park, and Hazel
Creek, Straight Creek, Deep Creek, the Oconaluftee River and the Cataloochee
River on the North Carolina side. Which one is the best brown trout stream one of
the above? That would depend on who you ask and be based strictly on their own
personal experience.

4. Some Top Rainbow Trout Streams:
On the Tennessee side of the park, some of the better rainbow trout streams are
the East and Middle Prongs of Little River; the West and Middle Prongs of the Little
Pigeon River; and Abrams Creek. On the North Carolina side of the park it would be
Hazel Creek, Cataloochee River, Deep Creek, and Big Creek. Of course there are
other streams on both sides that have rainbows. Which of the above would be the
top rainbow trout stream? If you were basing it strictly on the size of the fish Abrams
would be the top stream. It has its access problems though and many anglers so
not care for it.

5. Some Top Brook Trout Streams:
There are far too many to name. However, the very best one would probably be the
Raven Fork. Here again, many anglers wouldn't care for it at all because it is very
difficult to access. The easiest to access brook trout streams would be Walkers
Camp Prong and Road Prong of the Little Pigeon River, and a very short part of
Cosby Creek. Most of the best brook trout streams are located far off the beaten
paths.

6. Which is the Heaviest Fished Stream in the Park?
This is an easy one. It would be the East Prong of Little River and for two good  
reasons. One reason is that it is a very fine trout stream, and the other reason is
that it has a paved road along its banks for several miles making it very easy to
access.

7. Which is the Least Fished Major Stream in the Park?
This would probably be Forney Creek which is difficult to access by hiking and not
that easy to access by boat from Cherokee Lake. The Raven Fork would be a close
second. It requires a very tough hike in order to fish it on a single day trip. Most
anglers that fish it spend at least one night on the stream.

8. What is the Best Rainbow Trout Stream with the Least Amount of Fishing
Pressure?
I would say the Middle Prong of Little Pigeon River. It has terrific
rainbow trout fishing and by the way, great brook trout fishing in its headwaters.
Eagle, Noland, and Forney Creeks all have plenty of rainbows and are fished very
little because they take either a very long hike or a boat trip across Cherokee Lake.
Twentymile Creek has plenty of small rainbows and even though it's accessible from
the road, it has very little fishing pressure.

9. Which Stream Has the Most and Best Hatches?
Without a question it's Abrams Creek because of its higher pH. It also has several
aquatic insect that don't exist in the other streams in the park.

10. Which Stream Should You Fish?
The stream that gives you the most pleasure.

New "Perfect Fly" Stream Section on Maine's Kennebec River:
Check out our new four page section on the Kennebec River. This is one of, if not
the best, wild trout streams in Maine.

Copyright 2010 James Marsh