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 Eagle Creek
Eagle Creek is another of the streams that is on the park side of Fontana Lake. It's
a little easier to get to than most of them with the exception of Noland which has a
road to it. Eagle Creek flows into Fontana Lake just a short distance above the
dam. It's almost straight across the lake from Fontana Marina.
I would call it a medium to small stream in comparison to the other streams in Great
Smoky Mountains National Park. You can reach it with about a five mile hike. The
Eagle Creek Trail follows the stream. You can go across the lake from Fontana
Marina in a boat, of course. The marina offers shuttle services to the mouth of the
creek for a fee.
Most of the stream's trout are rainbows. There are brown trout there also, but I
don't remember catching any. I haven't taken the time to search our video logs. We
have only fished this stream twice, so we know very little about it. It certainly isn't a
heavily fished stream. Anglers have the nearby Hazel Creek to choose from and of
course, many others to choose from in the park. The headwaters have brook trout
and so does some of its tributaries. Smallmouth bass are also found in the lower
section of the stream near the lake.
The stream is about the same as most other streams in the park of its size. It's fairly
difficult to cast in some areas of the stream and in other areas it's open enough to
be able to cast as you normally would. It's water is mostly pocket water with shallow
riffles and runs and a few shallow pools in the lower section. As with most streams in
the park, this stream gets steeper the farther upstream you travel.
There are a few tributary streams. The first one heading upstream worthy of
mention is Pinnacle Creek. It's about a mile from the lake and can be accessed from
the Pinnacle Creek Trail. You can camp at sites number 88 and 90 nearby. This
stream has rainbows as far up as we have fished it. I'm not sure about any other
species. It may also have some brown trout.
The next tributary stream is Ekaneetlee Creek. It doesn't have a formal trail that
follows it. You have to fish upstream and from the looks of it near the mouth, that
wouldn't be very easy to do. Its about two miles from the lake. We have not tried to
fish it. It has rainbows for certain, and I'm told brook trout in its headwaters. This is
as far upstream as we have been.
Tub Mill Creek and Gunna Creek form Eagle Creek. These two streams are about
five miles upstream according to the map. I'm told that Tub Mill Creek has rainbow
trout and a population of brook trout. It also has a couple of small feeders that have
some brook trout. Gunna Creek has both rainbow and brook trout. Two small
tributaries of Gunna Creek also are reputed to have brook trout.
The two times we fished this stream, we managed to do okay but we couldn't say
anything great about the fishing other than we caught some rainbows and as I
previously said, I don't remember catching any brown trout or just how many
rainbows we caught. I do know nothing spectacular stands out in my mind but it may
well have some features and advantages we haven't picked up on.
While we couldn't recommend Eagle Creek over nearby Hazel Creek, or many other
good trout streams in the park, we could recommend it for those who just wanted to
see new streams or maybe wanted some seclusion. I'm not certain about the
seclusion or privacy. It can be reached easily from the lake and we didn't seen
anyone else fishing it the two times we have been there. It wasn't during the prime
fishing season and It may well be busy at times. I regret I have only a limited amount
of information on this stream and writing this reminds me I should probably fish it
more often.. One of our trips is included in our "Fly Fishing Great Smoky Mountain
National Park" DVD.