11/09/10
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 Santeetlah Creek North Carolina
Santeetlah Creek is another stream in western North Carolina located not far from
Great Smoky Mountains National Park that's known for its wild brown trout fishing.
The stream also has a good population of wild rainbow trout. It's also called Big
Santeetlah Creek by some anglers because there's also a Little Santeetlah Creek. .
The lower section of this stream is stocked. Santeetlah Creek a small stream with
several headwater streams that flows through Nanthala Game Lands in the
Nanthala National Forest. It's located not far from Robbinsiville North Carolina and
flows into nearby Santeetlah Lake.

The uppermost tributary is Sand Creek. It has a population of mostly small rainbow
trout. Downstream from Sand Creek is Whiggs Branch, another small tributary with
mostly rainbow trout. Indian Creek is farther downstream in the wild trout section
and below it another small stream tributary, Wright Creek. These small tributaries
also have mostly rainbows.

There's also a Little Santeetlah Creek. It flows out of the Joyce Kilmer - Slickrook
Wilderness Area known more for Big Snowbird Creek than anything. It has a good
population of wild, small rainbow trout and the state manages the stream as a wild
trout stream. The lower half mile of LIttle Santeetlah Creek can be accessed off
Kilmer Road on Forest Service Road #416. It has a trial that follows it from that point
upstream. This is a very small stream but it's fun to fish. You shouldn't have much
trouble catching plenty of small wild, rainbows.

From John's Branch downstream, the state stocks Santeetlah Creek. It has a
population of stocked, holdover and wild trout. There's about four miles of stocked
water that's above the bridge on Forest Service Road #81. Below the bridge, you
have to hike to reach its water. This section has approximately a mile of stocked
water.

Upstream, from the confluence of Wright Creek, the stream is followed by Forest
Service Road #81-C. This is all managed under wild trout regulations. You can
reach the section just above Santeetlah Lake from the Horse Cove and Rattlers
Cove Forest Service Campgrounds. These campgrounds are accessible from
Kilmer Road but that section is hardly worth fishing.

Several primitive campsites are along the river is you want to choose that option to
fish the stream; however, since most all the water can be reached from a road, it
isn't necessary in order to fish its wild trout waters.

Most of the fishing that takes place on Santeetlah Creek is done along the stocked
section of the lower stream. The wild trout waters are not pressured very much at all
and they provide some very good fishing for brown trout. You will still catch more
rainbows as a general rule but there are plenty of beautiful wild brown trout to go
along with them. They are just more difficult to catch and especially if you fish dry
flies. Of course, you will find the larger browns much more difficult to catch.

All things considered, the upper part of Santeetlah Creek is a very good trout
stream.

Copyright 2010 James Marsh