Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Slate Drakes
3. Needle Stoneflies
4. Little Yellow Quills
5. Great Brown Autumn Sedge
6. Cream Cahills
13. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
Fly Fishing Forney Creek
I know very little about Forney Creek simply because Angie and I have only fished it
on one occasion. I doubt this stream is fished very much by anyone. The locals in
the Bryson City area have plenty of other water to choose from. I would guess it's
probably one of the least fished streams of its size in the park.
We fished the lower end of the stream, traveling there by water, but we have not
fished its upper headwaters. I would call it a small to medium size stream in relation
to the park's other streams. You either have to make a three and a half mile hike or
cross Fontana Lake to get to the lower end of the stream. It can also be accessed
from the Clingmans Dome area in its headwaters but I'm not sure how far you would
need to hike to get to fishable water or how tough the hike would be. The Forney
Creek Trail follows the stream. It has five campsites along the stream and staying in
one of them would be the best way to fish this stream. Campsite #68 doesn't appear
to be that far from Clingmans Dome and it's in the uppermost headwaters.
Brown, rainbow and brook trout exist in Forney Creek. We didn't catch a brown trout
there but it's most likely only because we fished dry flies all day. We did catch a
couple dozen rainbows. They appeared to average about the same size as those in
most any other Smoky Mountain stream. I feel sure browns are present based on
other's information. I'm sure there are also smallmouth bass in its lower section near
Forney Creek has several tributary steams. About a half mile upstream from the
lake is Bear Creek. I think the park may have it closed. I will have to check on that.
According to the maps, it can be accessed from Jumpup Ridge Trail at certain
points. About three miles upstream, Bee Gum Branch enters Forney. It's suppose to
have a population of rainbow trout. Advalorem Branch is another small tributary in
the area and Slab Camp Branch and White Man's Glory Creek are two others.
Jonas Creek is another small tributary of Forney Creek that's maybe slightly larger
than most of the tributaries. Access is provided by the Jonas Creek Trail. This
stream is suppose to have a good population of rainbow trout. It has two small
feeder streams - Scarlett Ridge Creek and Little Jonas Creek. This stream is
located about four miles upstream of Fontana Lake.
Huggins Creek is yet another tributary of Forney Creek. It has no formal trail that
follows it according to the maps. Huggins Creek is also suppose to have a
population of rainbow trout. I feel sure all the sizable tributaries do have rainbow
trout simply because there are plenty of them in Forney Creek. We haven't fished
them to verify that. The headwater streams are suppose to have brook trout but
again, we have not verified that.
Based on the looks of the stream and our limited experience, Forney Creek is
probably just as good of a trout stream as most others of its size in the park. We
were able to catch plenty of rainbow trout. Our limited experience was great.
It's also a good place to get away from it all. I say that and it would be my luck if I
chose the stream for seclusion, it would find a group of anglers that just happened
to have selected that location for their first trip there. There are several miles of
water and I seriously doubt Forney Creek would ever be crowded. Other than just to
experience another of the park's many trout streams, or maybe to escape the fast
paced World of ours, I see no reason for anyone to fish it in priority to many of the
other streams in the area. We do want to return and fish some different areas of the
stream on day. It was well worth the effort to get to fish there and see some of it.