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
11. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
Smoky Mountain Fishing and Stream Conditions
The streams have been a little on the high side. Some anglers like it like that but I
rather have them at normal levels. Yes, during the springtime, the water is more like
it is now. The big difference is there are several hatches going on and at this time
there are only a few.
Today and this weekend the skies are going to be mostly clear with plenty of
sunshine. Highs should get into the low sixties in the lower elevations of the Smokies
and lows should be around freezing. Monday, things will start changing again.
Sunday night's lows are predicted to rise up to around the low forties instead of the
thirties. The water will continue to drop the next three days.
Many anglers are out trying to catch a large brown trout off of their redds. Of
course, all of them doing that will claim they are (1) only catching the males (even
those that don't know a female from a male), or (2) catching those that have
recently spawned or (3) catching those that are looking for a place to spawn. Ninety
percent of the above will be what is called "hyperbole", or I may as well go ahead
and call it what it really is - an outright lie.
It isn't illegal to catch brown trout from their redds. Most likely those that are caught
will effect the overall population very little. It may destroy the only eggs that will
survive to hatch from the trout and it may not. The biologist want care at all. Many of
them have a one track mind to do with numbers, keeping a job with the government,
etc. and sportsmanship isn't a part of their thinking. This isn't directed at anyone
person, just fishery managers in general. They know the few trout that are caught
aren't going to damage the overall population very much. It won't effect the overall
population of Tennessee if I shoot my brother.
I guess you wondering what my complaint is. The answer is, I just don't like the
hyperbole. Those that are doing this don't have to guts to admit what they are
doing. They like to show off their big fish and have others think they are great
anglers. You can judge it for yourself. That's my opinion of fishing for the browns on
the redds and believe me, plenty of anglers are deliberately doing just that. Maybe
there isn't anything wrong with it at all. Maybe I'm nuts. If you don't think so, ask
Angie early in the morning when she first gets out of bed. I would be satisfied if they
would just say "look at this brown trout I caught from its redd".
North Carolina Stream Information Articles:
Jacob Fork Creek is the last North Carolina stream I'm going to do a writeup on. I
think I have covered them all that have any significant wild trout waters and most of
them that have a "delayed harvest" section although i know of a couple of small
ones I missed. There are many other "put and take" streams, or trout streams that
trout want survive in to live through the summer heat. They are mostly stocked to
keep our state workers a job and a few locals happy. There are plenty of "put and
take" streams I haven't mentioned. All you need is to figure out how to keep a food
pellet on a hook and you can match the hatch they are use to. I read where some
anglers are happy as long as they get their "line stretched" and enjoy catching
recently stocked trout. Some of these anglers are over twelve years old. That's fine
with me as long as they are happy about it. I might even suggest they try the trout
farms where there are larger trout to be caught.
I know some of you are more interested in the streams of the Smokies and would
appreciate me getting back to the streams in the park. I am nearing 1000 daily
written articles not including those that appear on the main portions of the
website. Doing this made me realize that I haven't done anything on several
Tennessee trout streams that are nearby the Smokies, so during the next few days I
will add a few of those - just a few, I promise. I will also post any significant changes
in the conditions of the water in the Smokies. I will also be announcing some very
important new undertakings that we will be getting into in the near future.
Fly Fishing Jacob Fork North Carolina
Jacob Fork Creek is a medium size stream in the South Mountain State Park. It's a
tributary of the South Fork of the Catawba River. There's two and a half miles of
"Delayed Harvest" waters on Jacob Fork that is a popular fly fishing destination for
some North Carolina anglers. This is one DH stream that gets little pressure under
the catch and release period and very heavy pressure when the catch and eat
The one and only time we have fished this stream was during the Delayed Harvest
"catch and release" part of the season and it was like taking candy from a baby.
We moved on upstream and managed to catch a couple of wild trout before the day
was over. The stream is reputed to hold wild browns and native brook trout in its
headwaters. We didn't catch either and cannot verify that. I question the native
brook trout's existence in this stream due its low elevation.
The upper section is under wild trout regulations. It can be reached from the High
Shoals trail. Of course the stocked trout move up the stream to some extent but at a
point it changes to mostly wild trout which are mostly small rainbows that get almost
Shinney Fork is a small tributary of Jacob Fork Creek that flows into the stream
about a half mile upstream from the picnic area of the park below High Shoals. I
have never fished it but it's bound to get some of the stockers. It's a designated wild
trout stream but is very small and probably difficult to fly fish.
Nettles Branch is another very small tributary of Jacob Fork Creek that's a
designated wild trout stream. It's confluence is also above High Shoals.
Much of the popularity of this stream comes from its High Shoals Falls. Hikers
frequent the trail to the falls but few anglers fish above the delayed harvest section
of the stream. The park contains several trails and although none of them are very
long, we do suggest you have a map if you are going to use them..
Copyright 2010 James Marsh