Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Mahogany Duns
3. Little Yellow Stoneflies
4. Slate Drakes
5. Needle Stoneflies
6. Little Yellow Quills
13. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
Fly Fishing Anthony Creek
Anthony Creek is another of those small streams that provide refuge from high
water elsewhere. Of course, it can also get high but when it does rain heavily, it
drains rather fast. Even when it's high, it's usually clear and fishable. Just don't
expect to catch the same size rainbows as you catch in nearby Abrams Creek. It's a
convenient place to fish for those spending some time in the Cades Cove
Campground. It's also a great little stream to teach the kids how to fly fish.
Anthony Creek is weird in the sense it doesn't fit the pattern of any other stream in
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It doesn't exit the park and it isn't considered
a tributary stream. It is really just a part of Abrams Creek. It would be confusing to
call it a tributary of Abrams Creek because its water runs underground into Abrams.
It meanders back and forth through Cades Cove and most all of its water
disappears beneath the surface of the valley floor and flows underground. I'm not
one that pays much attention to names, so it makes little difference to me whether it
is Abrams Creek or Anthony Creek.
It's very easy to reach. All you have to do is drive to the entrance to Cades Cove. It
flows right through the Cades Cove Picnic Area. The lower section is easy to fish. It
consist of mostly long riffles with a few shallow pools and some plunges and runs.
The upper section of the stream isn't that easy to access. It is enclosed with almost
a solid canopy of tree limbs in most places.
The trout are all rainbows that average on the small size. They can be fun to catch
and as mentioned before, it may be one of the few streams you can fish in that end
of the park after a big rain.
Angie and I have only fished this little stream on three different occasions. On two of
those occasions we fished only the lower section. The one time we tried its upper
section was enough for us to seek alternative locations even though there were
plenty of trout that were fairly easy to catch.
We would suggest fishing this stream only if water is high in other streams, you are
staying in the campground, or if you are in the area of Cades Cove and you want to
teach someone to fly fish. It's possible for them to catch some trout and easy
enough for them to get around in to learn the pleasures of fly fishing.
Copyright 2010 James Marsh