Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. Slate Drakes
2. Little Yellow Stoneflies
3. Needle Stoneflies
4. Mahogany Duns
5. Little Yellow Quills
6. Great Autumn Brown Sedges
7. Blue-winged Olives
Most available - Other types of food:
8. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
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to what I'm doing, I'm at least making an attempt. If you happen to have nothing to
do, or I mean if you enjoy facebook, then you are welcome to tell us what you think
and preferably, call us a friend. Heck, you can even tweet us if you want to say
hi and even let me know you think I'm obviously nuts. Don't expect to see me
walking into people on the street looking at my iPhone like most people. I'm not
that nutty, at least not yet.
Where To Fish In The Park:
Since the park is still "officially" closed, I guess, I will provide some information for
those that want to fish inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At least some
rangers are allowing people to walk in and fish, or at least they have been doing
that. The King may put a stop to that any day though, so be respectful and careful
if you do. You want have anybody to help you out if you get into trouble.
Since many of you may not know the best places to unofficially enter the park,
here are some suggestions for you: Keep in mind, we are not recommending
this, rather leaving it entirely up to you. Rangers have allowed anglers to do
this in some areas but there's no guarantee.
Gatlinburg Entrance: (Fair Choice)
Between the entrance to the park right in Gatlinburg and the Sugarland Welcome
Center, there are some stocked trout that have slipped into the park as well as a
few wild trout. You want have to walk far at all.
Gatlinburg Roaring Fork: (Good Choice)
Right in town, you can walk into the park on the Roaring Fork, an excellent little
stream with plenty of rainbows.
Greenbrier (Middle Prong Little Pigeon River): (An Ok Choice if you want
to hike three or four miles)
Plenty of rainbows but you will need to hike past the Ranger's house to catch wild
trout. Stocked trout maybe just inside the park that have come upstream from
those stocked below the bridge.
Indian Camp Creek: (Good Choice)
You can start fishing right at the park line on Indian Camp and catch plenty of
rainbows. A few miles (guessing 2 to 4 miles upstream) you can catch some brook
Cosby Creek: (Excellent Choice)
You can start fishing right at the park line. Plenty of wild rainbows and stockers
that swim into the park. Hike a couple of miles upstream and you can catch brook
trout and rainbows.
Big Creek: (Excellent Choice)
You can start fishing right at the park line and catch rainbows. No browns there
but plenty of wild rainbows.
Little River - Wears Valley Entrance: (Excellent Choice)
You have to walk about a mile or so to reach Metcalf Bottoms but you should be
able to catch both browns and rainbows. The browns are in pre-spawn mode and
that's a good choice up or downstream from the point you first reach the river.
Little River - Townsend Entrance: (Poor Choice)
You will have to walk at least three or four miles to catch anything but stocked
trout that may swim upstream from where they are stocked outside the park. The
best bet (closest wild trout) would be the West Prong where you can catch some
rainbows but that's a three mile hike at least. The Middle Prong is a bad choice
unless you want to walk even further than that. The East Prong (main Little River)
is out of the question unless you want to hike at least eight to ten miles.
Hessee Creek: (Fair Choice)
You will have to hike about a mile to reach the park line but you can catch trout
once you get there. Private property outside the park.
Abrams Creek: (Bad Choice upper end and Fair Choice lower end)
Forget the upper end of Abrams at Cades Cove. You can't hike there and back in
a day. The lower end is mostly smallmouth on the lower end but you can reach
rainbow water by hiking a few miles above the campground.
Twentymile Creek: (Excellent Choice)
You can catch rainbows from the park line upstream as far as you care to fish.
Eagle Creek: (Good Choice)
You will have to have a boat or pay for a boat ride across the lake but you can
catch trout from the park line upstream.
Hazel Creek: (Excellent Choice)
You can catch both browns and rainbows from the lake upstream. You will have to
have a boat or get a ride from the Marina. They drop customers off and pick them
Forney Creek: (Good Choice if you have a boat)
Very costly to get the marina to drop you off and pick you up. Plenty of trout from
the park line upstream.
Noland Creek: (Good Choice if you have a boat but a long hike otherwise)
I'm assuming the Road to Now Where is blocked but I'm not sure. Better choices
Deep Creek: (Excellent Choice)
You can catch both browns and rainbows from the park line upstream as far as
you can to hike. The campground is closed and it too is probably an excellent
place to fish.
Oconaluftee River: (Good Choice)
You can catch both rainbows and brown trout upstream from the park line. Some
stocked brook trout are caught there that swim upstream from stocked waters in
Straight Creek: (Excellent Choice)
You can catch both rainbows and brown trout upstream from the park line in
Straight Creek. Superb choice if you are allowed to fish by the rangers.
Cataloocheee Creek: (Poor Choice)
Forget it. Too far to hike and return in a day.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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