11/10/10
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 Wilson Creek North Carolina
Wilson Creek is a tributary of the Johns River and flows from its headwaters on
Grandfather Mountain near the Blue Ridge Parkway above Edgemont North
Carolina. It is a National Wild and Scenic River. The creek flows through several
different sections of private and public lands. There are two basic sections for fly
fishing purposes. Fly fishing Wilson Creek in the Wilson Creek Gorge area and fly
fishing the upper Wilson Creek headwaters.

The lower section in the gorge is just over two miles long. Just above the gorge is
more public water mixed in with private sections of the stream. The lower end of the
gorge section ends at the Brown Mountain Beach Campground. The creek in this
section is rather large, with deep pools and short sections of riffles. It's heavily
stocked by the state. Ralph Winchester Road follows the creek through the gorge
up to state highway #90 but access is not exactly easy. The road runs high above
the water and you have to follow steep trails down to the stream. Above the gorge,
there's another mile plus of public access mixed in with private property.

The best fly fishing area Wilson Creek has to offer is in its headwaters where the
stream is managed as wild trout waters. It's fly fishing only, single hook artificial and
catch and release regulations. It has a good population of both wild rainbows and
brown trout. There are some brook trout in its uppermost headwaters.

The upper part of Wilson Creek is more typical of the small to medium size
freestone mountain trout stream with runs, riffles, plunges and short pools. The only
problem with this section of Wilson Creek, if you want to consider it a problem, is
access. You have to hike to reach any of its water although it can be reached in one
area with about a half-mile hike. Downstream of Forest Service Road #192, Forest
Service Trail 258 follows the creek through the public lands but reaching its fishable
waters can require a long hike depending on where it's accessed. You should have
a map for sure because the trails that reach the creek are rather complicated.

There are other small tributary streams in the area such as Buck Timber Creek and
Cary Flat Branch. The trails range in length from a half mile to three miles from the
trailhead to the stream depending on which one or combination of trails you select.
Although Wilson Creek is a little difficult to access in its upper parts, it's well worth
fishing. It's lightly pressured and it seems to have a good population of trout.

Wilson Creek also has a "Delayed Harvest Section" that runs for three and a half
miles from the game land boundary downstream of the Lost Cove Creek bridge on
state highway #90 and follows state road #1328 to the Phillips Branch bridge. This
has become a very popular area to fish. It's heavily stocked with rainbows, brook
trout and brown trout.

There are two other main tributaries of Wilson Creek - North and South Harper
Creeks and Lost Cove Creek. Both of these streams and their tributaries are large
enough to warrant their own article. These streams will be covered separately from
Wilson Creek in the near future.



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