11/05/10
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 Boone Fork Creek North Carolina
Boone Fork Creek is located near Boone North Carolina and begins at Price Lake
Dam just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The entire stream is "catch and release" only.
It's a beautiful trout stream that's a tributary of the Watauga River. It enters the
Watauga River near Foscoe North Carolina. It has brown, brook and rainbow trout.
Some of the browns reach a large size. It's an excellent small wild trout stream.

The Boone Fork actually begins above Price Lake from springs and along with
another small stream, Cold Prong, flows into Price Lake. This area is within the
Julian Price Memorial Park. The park is managed by the National Park Service.
When it first flows out of the lake's spillway, it goes through a picnic area. The park,
including the picnic area, is located at the intersection of U. S. Highway #321 and
the Blue Ridge Parkway at Bowling Rock. Sims Creek, a small tributary, also enters
the Boone Fork inside the park.

The picnic area itself isn't worth fishing during the summer or peak tourist times
because the people using the area spook the trout. It can be fished during the off
season times and early in the day. The Julian Price Memorial Park also has a large
campground with facilities that's located adjacent to the picnic area. Its best to park
at the end of the road inside the park to begin fishing during the times the park is
busy.

When the stream flows out of the picnic area, it falls through a much steeper decline
and becomes a series of plunges and long pools. This section of the creek flows for
over two miles within the park's boundaries. It's fly fishing, catch and release only
rules and regulations in the park.

The Boone Fork Loop Trail follows the creek inside the park and provides good
access to most of its waters. It isn't a piece of cake to hike the trail. As just
mentioned, the streams falls at a steep decline in this area. The Boone Fork Loop
trail forms a circle that is 5.5 miles in length. Of course not all the trial follows the
creek. Fly fishing Boone Fork Creek can be challenging in some areas.

There's a small tributary, Bee Tree Creek, that enters Boone Fork Creek at the
point the trail departs the stream. Parts of these streams are closed ( I think it
includes Bee Tree Creek) so you need to be check the current signs and
regulations to make sure your not fishing a closed section. The Boone Fork Loop
Trail follows Bee Tree Creek for a ways after it departs the Boone Fork. The stream
flows through private property outside of the park.

One good thing about the stream is that it stays cool even in areas it is exposed to
the sun in meadows and other areas void of trees. This is because the elevation of
the creek in the picnic area is approximately 3900 feet. The weather is much cooler
at the higher elevation. Most of the stream runs through hardwood and pines and is
shaded.

Copyright 2010 James Marsh