11/21/10
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3.    Great Autumn Brown Caddisfly
4.    Midges


Fly Fishing Laurel Creek Tennessee
I'm not sure exactly just how many Laurel Creeks are in the state of Tennessee. I
think there's two streams called Laurel Creek in Great Smoky Mountains National
Park. This one is a substantial size creek that flows out of northeastern Tennessee
into the state of Virginia at the neat little town of Damascus. No, it isn't the Laurel
Fork Creek either. As the linked article will tell you, the size of the stream changes
drastically in Damascus. It picks up the flow of White Top Laurel Creek which is
larger than Laurel Creek. It also gets the Beaverdam Creek water coming in from
Tennessee to Virginia. Eventually, the anglers fishing the South Holston River
tailwater, back in Tennessee, are going to fish some of the same water that left the
state at Damascus although it will take a while for it to get there.

The headwaters of Laurel Creek are neat. Not many would think of them having
brook trout, especially after driving through the Shady Valley Tennessee in the hot
summertime. The stream's best trout fishing is on each of its ends in Tennessee -
the part near the state line and the headwaters near Laurel Bloomery - Gentry
Creek and its feeders Kate Branch and Gilbert Branch. I was told by the locals, back
about six years ago, that there was plenty of brook trout there. I have never verified
this and its subject to being incorrect.

If someone would plant a solid line of oak trees along both sides of its banks
through the farm country part of the stream, which is most of it, then a hundred
years from now, it could be one of the best trout streams in the South. As far now,
you have to pick and choose the places to fish carefully - well, maybe not carefully.
Just fish either end of it that's in Tennessee.

Click Here to check out Tennessee's Laurel Creek

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