09/17/10
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)

Fly Fishing Twentymile Creek
Twentymile Creek is an excellent small to medium sized stream that is among the
best hidden, little known, yet very accessible streams in the park. There's a ranger
station located on Twentymile Creek at the park boundary where the stream exits
the park and enters Cheoah Lake. We have yet to see anyone there.

The stream is the typical pocket water stream with short runs and plenty of plunges.
It has lots of small, deep pools and a few riffles but all in all, it is easy to fish as long
as you can get around in the stream fairly well. It would be difficult to fish on high
water levels.

The Twentymile Trail that follows the stream is a good one but it is located high
above the stream in the lower section of the stream. It is a good distance from it in
some locations. Two remote campsites are located on the creek - #92 and #93.

We have fished this stream on four different occasions and have been able to catch
large numbers of rainbows each time. We have not caught any other species of
trout in the creek. Most likely brown trout move into the stream from the lake during
the Fall to spawn but we have never verified that. That is one thing on our list of "to
dos".

Rhododendrons are thick on the banks of Twentymile Creek. This can make it
difficult in some areas you try to fish it. That helps keep the water cool during the
hot summer months but it makes casting and getting around on the stream's banks
range from difficult to next to impossible. Moore Springs Branch is its only sizeable
tributary stream. It's small and difficult to fish due to its near solid canopy of
overhanging tree limbs.

I think the general location of the stream is the prime reason it sees few anglers. It
isn't really close to anything but it's very easy to access. The stream exits the park
near highway #129 not far from Fontana Dam on Lake Cheoah.

I wouldn't call Twentymile Creek a prime Smoky Mountain destination, but if you
want to fish an easy to access, yet remote stream that has plenty of eager rainbow
trout, this would be a good choice.

Copyright 2010 James Marsh