09/22/10
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 Forage Creek
This is a little sleeper stream as far as we are concerned. It's technically a tributary
of Mill Creek which is a tributary of Abrams Creek that begins in Cades Cove. It's
very easy to access for much of its length.

We have fished the little stream at least a half dozen times and we have always
been able to catch plenty of rainbow trout. In fact, we have caught as many as thirty
is just a short section of the stream near the road. During those time we have only
seen one other angler fishing the stream. He was a local gentleman from Marysville
who has been fishing it for many years. That should tell you something.

One amazing thing about this stream is the number of stoneflies in it. It has a
tremendous population of Giant Stoneflies. I have no idea why. We have collected
samples to photograph on several occasions due to its heathly population not only
of stoneflies but also of mayflies and caddisflies. There's one thing for sure. The
trout in Forage Creek won't go hungry. They have plenty of aquatic insects to eat.

Although we have not measured the pH of the water in Forage, we assume it's in
great shape for the insects. It's a relatively low gradient stream that probably ran
through farm and cattle pastures before the park was formed. This may have had
an effect on the pH and insect population but this is a guess.

Like with most all the park's small streams, you shouldn't expect to have much room
to cast. Forage Creek has an almost solid canopy of tree limbs most everywhere. It
isn't so much a solid line of bushes along the stream as it is thick woods. The good
part of it is that just about anywhere you can make a decent presentation, you will
get some action. The rainbows are not very picky and usually take a dry fly very
aggressively.

Parsons Branch Road accesses this little stream. It runs almost parallel to it in the
lower section but it's not visible until you cross it a mile of two down Parson Branch
Road. I would suggest fishing this little stream during the Winter, Spring and Fall
months. The tree canopy keeps it cool in the summer but I feel certain it would be
much better during cooler months due to its relatively low elevation.

Copyright 2010 James Marsh