09/16/10
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2.    Mahogany Duns
3.    Little Yellow Stoneflies
4.    Slate Drakes
5.    Needle Stoneflies
6.    Little Yellow Quills
7.    Ants
8.    Inchworms
9.    Beetles
10.  Grasshoppers
11.  Hellgrammite
12.  Craneflies
13.  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)

New Stream Specific Series:
Due to constant request for information about specific streams in Great Smoky
Mountains National Park, I decided to write about each specific stream including
some very small ones. Of course we have the "Stream" section with links on all the
main pages of this site that provides a lot of specific information, so don't overlook
that. I will try to alternate from North Carolina to Tennessee streams and I will
provide the information in no certain order.

As I have pointed out many times before and at several places in this website,
there's not such a thing as the best place to fish. All of the streams have trout
although the species vary from stream to stream. They all have their best and worst
times of the year and many, many variables. So keep in mind that what I have to say
will always be highly specific and vary greatly on the time of year, stream levels,
weather and the many other variables.

Most of this information will be taken not only from memory, but from notes on our
video tape logs about previous trips Angie and I have made in the park during the
last ten years. We keep detailed records, thanks to digital video, that includes
information right down to the dates, time of day, flies, locations, and even the
number and species of fish caught. We hope you enjoy some of our comments
about the individual streams.

Fly Fishing LeConte Creek:
When the streams are all blown out from heavy rainfall and most of the larger and
medium size streams in the park are high and dingy, the Roaring Fork is always a
good place try. It's often clear when others are not and you may well have a chance
to catch plenty of rainbow trout. In order to get to Roaring Fork you have to drive
right by LeConte Creek which is near the park's new office building up the
Cherokee Orchard Road. This little stream is often clearer than the Roaring Fork
and it contains some very nice surprises called brook trout.

If you want to give it a try, don’t make the mistake of going to far and getting on the
Motor Nature Trail, a one-way road that takes about an hour or more to loop. One
way to reach the upper part of this little stream is from the Rainbow Falls Trail. The
trailhead is located about 2.5 miles inside the park on Cherokee Orchard Road at
the Rainbow Falls Parking area. The trail will take you to rainbow falls with about an
hour and a half hike, or 2.8 miles. By the way, this trail continues on to the Alum
Cave Trail junction located 6.6 miles from the trailhead. LeConte Lodge is very near
that point. This hike will take you at least 5 hours or 5 days for me. You gain 4000
feet in elevation. If you happen to be looking for me, I'll give you a hint. You want
find me there.



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