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)
New "Perfect Fly" Superb 5 Fly Rod Coming Jan 15, 2011
After almost three years of planning and testing prototypes, we can now introduce
our Superb 5 Fly Rod. We still lack a few things on the website but we wanted to
give you a peek at what is coming.
Fly Fishing Indian Camp Creek
Indian Camp Creek is one of those streams that's not quite large enough to be
mentioned very often when anglers talk about the many trout streams in Great
Smoky Mountains National Park. It isn't very noticeable. You will drive right over it
without even knowing it between Gatlinburg and Cosby on highway #321. It's
located about fifteen miles from Gatlinburg.
Finding the turn to access this stream isn't easy either. Turn right just past Yogi's
Campground on highway #321 onto Baxter Road and travel about a half mile. You
will pass some homes along the way. You'll see a sign pointing towards the
Maddron Bald Trailhead where you can turn right to access it. This trail is a very
popular hiking trial that leads to the Albright Grove, an old growth forest. It has
some of the oldest and tallest trees in the Smokies.
Indian Camp Creek can be accessed from the Maddron Bald Trail but the trail, an
old maintenance road, doesn't get near the stream until it crosses it almost three
miles upstream. The trail crosses it and some of its tributaries a few times in the
high elevations of the headwaters but not the lower section of the stream. The
Creek runs through Indian Camp Valley. The Albright Grove trail crosses the
Maddron Bald Trail a couple of miles upstream. You can get on it and cross the
creek but at only one point. Other than that, you have to make your own access
from the Maddron Bald Trail down to the stream in the lower section of the Indian
Camp Creek. Of course, you can fish it upstream from any point you can access it.
Indian Camp Valley doesn't seem to have near as many Rhododendron as most
areas of the park. The stream isn't so congested with thick bushes as it is trees
near the water and it's possible to move up the banks in many places.
The lower section of the stream contains rainbow trout. Indian Camp Creek's
headwaters have a population of brook trout. There are several small tributary
streams in its headwaters. Otter Creek and Copperhead Branch are two of them
located in its the uppermost headwaters. Jones Branch is another one downstream
from those a short ways.
Cole Creek enters a lower section of Indian Camp Creek. It has a small tributary
called Maddron Creek. The lowest tributary in the park is Buckeye Creek which
flows into Indian Camp Creek not far inside the park boundary.
I know the headwaters have plenty of brook trout but I'm not certain about some of
the lower elevation tributaries. We haven't fished any of them except near their
confluence with Indian Camp Creek where it's all rainbows.
Campsite #29 on Otter Creek in the headwaters area is the only campsite near
Indian Camp Creek. You have to do about as much hiking as fishing to fish the
headwaters area on a day trip. You could stay at this campsite (Otter Creek is a
headwater tributary) and fish for brook trout.
This is a beautiful area of the park, especially in the headwater area of the stream.
It is a favorite area of many hikers because of the scenery and the old growth
forest. We recommend it only for those anglers who want to fish different areas of
the park and who want to test new waters. According to our video logs, we have
fished the stream on four different occasions and always been able to catch plenty
of trout although none were huge.