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
13. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
Fly Fishing Cosby Creek
Cosby Creek is a very small stream located near the little community of Cosby.
There is a very nice campground there as well as the lovely Cosby Creek. This little
stream will fool you. One day Angie and I were walking up the road to start fishing
just upstream of the entrance to the park about a mile when we passed a gentleman
with about a 14 inch rainbow trout on a stringer. The grin on his face indicated he
was very happy to have caught the trout. We congratulated him and ask where he
caught it when he just turned and pointed to the creek beside us. It was obviously a
stocker that swam upstream.
We walked on up the road not wanting to fish behind where he had fished, and
entered the stream. On Angie's first cast she caught a ten inch rainbow and it
wasn't a stocker. It was wild. She proceeded to hang several more average size
rainbows as I ran the video camera. In about an hour, we went back to the car and
drove upstream near the campground. She still wanted to fish and as usual, got her
way. The forth or fifth cast she caught a ten inch brook trout. We carefully
measured that one because we couldn't quite believe it. It was about an eight of an
inch short of ten inches. We had previously caught plenty of brook trout there
before but none that large. She continued to catch a couple of dozen more
rainbows and brook trout within the next three hours.
I am telling you this to indicate just how easy fishing can be on this little stream at
times. Of course, it isn't always or even normally that easy to catch trout there, but
it's a very nice little stream where you can park, take a few steps and usually catch
a few. Now, don't everyone jump in their vehicle and run to Cosby Creek to
experience that kind of action because Cosby isn't any different from any other
good small stream in the park. It's difficult for me to believe at times just how, well to
put it very bluntly, "stupid" some anglers are. What so and so catches at such and
such stream shouldn't mean anything to you in terms of what you may or may not
catch. Four hours later that same day, we may have only caught a few trout. We
may have not been able to catch a brook trout over four inches the very next day. I
am only pointing out that fishing Cosby Creek can be very easy. Keep in mind that
they are at least fifty more streams in the park that are that good of a stream or
better. If you rely on others to give you a good report to use as a guideline for your
fishing, well, to put this bluntly, you haven't finished kinder garden in the school of
fishing yet. That's why we don't do "fishing reports", as such. They are of little value
and of no value for others use them as a part of their own strategy.
Cosby Creek is on the borderline of being a miscellaneous stream or almost too
small to mention. The only reason we list it separately in our stream section is
because it's a separate watershed. It's separated from the other park's streams by
high mountain ranges. Its brook trout fishing extends miles above the campground
and into several small tributaries. If it were not for the campground and its close
proximity to the little community of Cosby, the locals would probably still be making
moonshine there. I'm joking but also indicating that if it wasn't for those two things, it
would be in a very remote area.
This is one stream that supports brook trout that can be accessed fairly easy. From
the campground downstream, most of the trout you catch will probably be small to
average size rainbows. There are a few brook trout near the campground but it's
mostly rainbows. From the campground upstream a short ways you will catch both
brook trout and rainbows. In the headwaters you will catch mostly brook trout.
Those anglers that are looking for water that's easily accessed from an area that
doesn't have the tourist crowds of Gatlinburg, Cherokee, Bryson City or
Townsend may want to consider Cosby Creek, provided they are not seeking to
catch large browns or rainbow trout.
Those that want to venture farther back into the steep areas of the mountains can
catch brook trout that most likely haven't ever seen a fly. You will need to do a lot of
crawling and bush pushing but they are there just about everywhere we have fished.
The tributary streams of Rock Creek, Little Rock Creek, Inadu Creek, Toms, Crying
Creek, and Fletcher Springs Branch are all very small brook trout streams. There
are others in the headwaters, such as Camel Hump and Dry Branch that probably
have some brook trout. These are all tiny streams but tiny streams hold brook trout.
Like many of the park's other streams, I wouldn't call Cosby Creek a destination
stream by any means, but it is one you may want to fish some day just to see
another of the park's lovely little trout streams.