10/06/10
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 Middle Prong of Little River (Thunderhead Prong and
Lynn Camp Prong)
The Middle Prong of Little River is formed by the confluence of Thunderhead Prong
and Lynn Camp Prong. Lynn Camp Prong is currently closed to fishing due to the
brook trout restoration program going on there.
This is an excellent website
presentation by Steve Moore and Matt Kulp that explains the brook trout restoration
program and provides a lot of information regarding the native brook trout in the
Smokies.

These two streams are both popular locations to fish, or in the case of Lynn Camp
Prong, I should say was popular. I'm sure it will be very popular again when it's
reopened because that undertaking will put a lot more brook trout waters within a
short hiking distance. It should also produce some nicer size brook trout and a
stream that's more like those that existed before the logging days. The Middle
Prong Trail follows Lynn Camp Prong.

Marks Creek is the first small tributary upstream on the Lynn Camp Prong. It doesn't
have a separate trail that follows it. It's presently closed to fishing. Panther Creek is
a very small tributary stream of Lynn Camp Prong located farther upstream in its
headwater area that's also closed to fishing. It can be accessed from the Panther
Creek Trail.

Indian Flats Prong is another tributary stream of Lynn Camp Prong that's also
located in its headwater area. It's currently closed to fishing. This stream did contain
some non-native brook trout. They were removed along with all of the other species
of fish. Native brook trout were captured from other streams in the Smokies and
stocked there this last year.  

Thunderhead Prong is the other of the two tributary streams that form the Middle
Prong. Most of the trout in Thunderhead Prong are rainbows. This stream can be
accessed from a trail that follows the stream for the first mile up to the confluence of
Sam's Creek.

Sam's Creek is another smaller tributary stream but one where the National Park
re-established brook trout under the restoration program back in 2002. The trail
continues to follow Sam's Creek instead of the Thunderhead Prong. Sam's Creek
now provides excellent brook trout fishing opportunities. You have to work your way
up the stream on Thunderhead Prong above Sam's Creek.
This is a report on the
restoration of Sam's Creek.

Let's hope the future brings success with the restocking program on Lynn Camp
Prong. We say on the front page of this website that we consider the brook trout the
"symbol of the Great Smoky Mountain's trout". We also like to use the phase
"stocked by God" for the native brook trout. They are the only fish species called a
trout that is native to the Smokies and as far as that goes, the Southeaster United
States. They not only deserve protection, they deserve respect.

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