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Stana Claus
07-03-2011, 05:21 PM
My son and I are going up to the South Holston area from July 15 through 20 and are planning to park our camper at the Jacobs Creek campground in the CNF if it's not full when we get there. We'll fish the SoHo when it's not too crowded, but assuming elbow to elbow combat fishing over the weekend, what are our other options for either mountain trout or smallmouth bass, without going over into Virginia? We've thought about maybe Beaverdam or Laurel Creek, but do any of the bluelines coming down the ridges hold trout? What about smallies? Does Stony Creek or Doe Creek have anything worth fishing for above Watauga Lake? Any wadable access points? Any helpful hints or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

TNBigBore
07-05-2011, 10:09 AM
You are staying in my favorite part of TN for trout fishing. Beaverdam, Laurel, Laurel Fork, Doe River, Doe Creek and Stoney all have excellent wild trout populations. Most of their tribs have brook trout as well. Lower Doe Creek in the gorge below Hampton has some dandy smallmouth as does the Nolichucky near Erwin.

Stana Claus
07-06-2011, 07:22 AM
Thanks for the info, TNBigBore. Sounds like there are plenty of options available. As a matter of fact, we may have to make multiple trips to check them all out. Any pointers on hot flies, etc.?

TNBigBore
07-06-2011, 10:39 AM
Pretty much anything that works in the Smokies works well on the upper East TN streams. It is hard to beat a dropper rig with size 16 beadhead pheasant tail trailing a size 12 Yellow stimulator. A hopper and dropper rig is usually a good choice this time of year too. If you get a rainy or overcast day and/or some moderately high and off colored water try a big flashy streamer. Several of the streams mentioned have some very large browns.