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Need some info on NC Smoky Mtn trout...

Postby DavidM » Tue Oct 19, 2010 5:00 pm

Hello all.

I'll be at the Harrah's Cherokee for a conference the next couple of days and I might be able to escape for a little bit to hit some little streams.

Based on the quad and the Delorme it looks like most of the headwater streams in the area should be pretty pristine. Do most of them support trout? I've fished some little tribs off the Davidson closer to Asheville for wild rainbows but this it out further to the west near Sylva and Dillsboro. I've scoped out a couple of small streams that have road crossings in what appears to be public land. They sure look good on paper.

If there are trout in most of those systems what might they be eating this time of year? I imagine little caddis and stones would get their attention. Are they more receptive to attractors like humpies or coachmen?

Thanks much in advance. David

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Re: Need some info on NC Smoky Mtn trout...

Postby lwflyrod » Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:00 am

Are you looking for Brookies? Rainbows - Wild ones or just catch some fish.
a short drive from the casino maybe 10 min or less will put you into their trophy stream We know it as Raven Fork however the brochures state "
The Parkway Haven is a portion of the Raven Fork set aside for catch and release fishing. This 2.2-mile stretch of water, which runs north from where the Blue Ridge Parkway crosses the Raven Fork"
(need permits of course- available at any of the convieniece (sp) stores there.
They have big fish in it. 2 years ago Bcflyfisher2012 and myself fished it in june and had a good day on it.
Didnt fish it this year when we went stayed on the gatilinburg side and focused on other streams.
Havent fished that side too much for others, other than fishing the Oconaluftee.
I would use streamers. Like a Murray Marauder or Kreelex now. to start but I would
Also Check out Byron Begley's website at http://littleriveroutfitters.com 8-)
they can tell you what to use, where to go better. their web site has a similar board which we are members of and it is and excellent wealth of information about flyfishing the whole area there.
Good Luck
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Re: Need some info on NC Smoky Mtn trout...

Postby DavidM » Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:03 am

Thanks for the info. I was mainly thinking of little stream native brookies or wild bows, something kinda low tech that I can do with a little glass 3wt and no waders. I love fishing the SNP for little brookies and I was thinking that based on the topo I might be able to find similar fishing in some of the smaller headwater streams. It sounds like most systems support native brookies or wild bows, or both, so I think I'll drive around with the Delorme and see what I find.

Thanks again for the reply. David

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Re: Need some info on NC Smoky Mtn trout...

Postby Biff » Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:37 pm

Johnathan Creek over past Maggie Valley was doing nicely last time I was out, mainly small emergers behind attractors or dries. From Hemphill creek off 276 ( my hole in the pocket is on that one) on down, especially Cove Creek and White Oak road under 40, it's all fairly accessible and fun to watch the little brookies flit through there. The Tuck downstream from Dillsboro is an easy one also with the road running right along for several miles there.
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Re: Need some info on NC Smoky Mtn trout...

Postby DavidM » Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:39 pm

Thanks for the reply Biff. Turned out I had less time that I thought I would. I decided to check out Dick's Creek b/c it is close and based on the topo looked like it should have been good. Got there and walked a bit of the stream but didn't make any casts. The water was very low. Even if it had been a little higher I doubt there would have been mch going on. Only life I saw was dace and chubs. Could have been worse, I could have been stuck inside all morning.

Thanks again for all the replies. David

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