10/28/10
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2.    Little Yellow Stoneflies
3.    Slate Drakes
4.    Needle Stoneflies
5.    Little Yellow Quills
6.    Ants
7.    Inchworms
8.    Beetles
9.    Grasshoppers
10.  Craneflies
11.  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)

Fly Fishing Noontootla Creek Georgia
For some strange reason, it's difficult for me to say this creek's name. It looks simply
enough on paper but it comes out wrong each time I try to say it. It's not too difficult
for me to remember where it begins, or Frying Pan Gap on Springer Mountain, since
the Frying Pan River in Colorado is one of our favorite trout streams. It's born in the
Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area and is a tributary of the Upper Toccoa River
that I did an article on just a couple of days ago. The thing I like about it the most is
the fact it's catch and release only. Actually, that isn't true because you can keep
one trout 16 inches long but that's good enough. Live bait isn't permitted. In a state
that has twenty to one more "kill all you can catch" trout streams than it does "catch
and release" stream, that means some concerned anglers thought enough of the
stream to see that it's well managed.

This stream isn't a great deal different from many streams in Great Smoky
Mountains National Park. It has wild rainbows and brown trout with brook trout in
some of its tributaries in the headwaters. Also like the Smokies, most of the
rainbows average about six inches long. Most everyone will say they run from six to
twelve but there are a lot more that are close to 6 inches than 12. The browns are
different just like they are in the Smokies. Brown trout of over twenty inches long are
not common, of course, but are said to exist in the stream according to the shocking
reports that have been done there. It has three small tributaries in its headwaters
which start at about the 3000 feet level. They are Chester Creek, Stover Creek and
Long Creek. They join at an area called Three Forks. These streams are said to
contain native brook trout. We have only fished downstream of there.

You would think this would be a crowded trout stream but its far from it. We have
only fished the stream twice. On our first trip there in the Fall season several years
ago, I don't remember ever seeing another angler. It made us think we were fishing
a lousy stream until we started catching trout. Just about the entire stream is
followed closely with Forest Service Road 58. Access if easy. Our second trip was
also during the Fall, three years ago. We still didn't see the first angler fishing the
stream. Now much of the time we were in the creek fishing and it's highly possible
others were there, but we didn't see the first person, fishing or not fishing. The Fall
season also probably had something to do with it. Noontootla Creek is a very good
little trout stream and you would think it would be more popular than it is.

The property outside the Blue Ridge Wildlife Area is private. There's one private
outfit called Noontootla Creek Farms that's a pay to fish arrangement. Fishing there
can be arranged through Unicoi Outfitters. There's a lot of other private property
along the stream before it reaches the Toccoa River. It flows through farmland and
open areas, so it appears to be doubtful as to whether it would continue to support
any wild trout very far outside of the forest area.

Copyright 2010 James Marsh