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cubefisher
11-02-2011, 01:06 PM
I've never fished Jake's Creek, and I've wanted to do so for some time. My impression is that it's really tight and stays that way all the way up stream.

So, I really have two questions:
1) does it open up upstream at all?
2) as small as it is (or appears to be) and as low as the water has been, is that a wise use of one's (my) very limited fishing time?

I know I've posted recently about going after larger browns, so I'm assuming this post has some of you scratching your heads. Clearly I'm still scratching mine! ;-)

BlueRaiderFan
11-02-2011, 01:10 PM
Jakes is kind of small for large fish. I have caught them in the 10" range though. I would hike about 20 minutes up the Litte River trail where the bank climbs to about 15-20ft from the trail and then suddenly drops down and start fishing. The water is more open and there are some deeper holes.

cubefisher
11-02-2011, 01:14 PM
Is that up the little river trail or the jakes creek trail?

NDuncan
11-02-2011, 01:45 PM
Up the jakes creek trail - if I remember right, you go down the road through elkmont past the LR trail through the area with all the cabins to reach the trail head. I parked way up at the horse paddock at the end of the road to reach the stream below where the Meigs Mtn trail crosses it and use used the stream as my trail the whole way in and out. I have only fished there once, but I found the fish to be pretty willing and had would probably return.

Rog 1
11-03-2011, 09:27 AM
I love fishing Jake's Creek...I usually will start fishing where it enters LR in the campground...have a chance for a brown down here...will fish up to the bridge to the cemetery and then climb up above the cabins...it opens up a little more here...since they did the work last summer you cannot drive up to the old trail head...the new parking area is where the bridge is...a lot of nice plunge pools...all the fishing is tight so a shorter rod will help...always a good place to keep in mind on those days when the rivers are up.

JoeFred
11-03-2011, 11:48 AM
I got to fish Jakes October 26, a few days after some decent rain. The fishing was slow, but so am I... and clumsy and impatient along with some other less than admirable traits:smile:, but I enjoyed the attempt nonetheless. There is some fairly open water (by GSMNP standards) below the Meigs Mountain Trail crossing (points 3 & 4 on the map). Stream is 15 to 20 feet wide there. Getting back on the trail there I met a nice couple from Colorado, who asked if I was catching anything. Wishing to pursue other topics, I said it was nice of them to visit our "little mountains." They countered that the Smokies are an altogether different kind of place. The absolutely loved being here. Made this hillbilly right proud.

2/15 Update: Deleted map image previously posted.

JF


http://www.smokystreams.com/mbpics/thread15672_pic1.jpg
Spot 1

http://www.smokystreams.com/mbpics/thread15672_pic2.jpg
Spot 2

http://www.smokystreams.com/mbpics/thread15672_pic3.jpg
Spot 3. This is the widest pool & run I found.

http://www.smokystreams.com/mbpics/thread15672_pic4.jpg
Spot 4. Head of pool in spot 3 pic.

http://www.smokystreams.com/mbpics/thread15672_pic5.jpg
Spot 5. An inviting pool I did not get to fish due to lack of time.

http://www.smokystreams.com/mbpics/thread15672_pic6.jpg
Spot 6. Not an especially good fishing spot, but a great set of cascades. This was taken from the crossing on the unmaintained trail to Advent Cabin.

http://www.smokystreams.com/mbpics/thread15672_pic7.jpg
Spot 7. Newt Prong crossing. Jakes Creek is just to the right.

tnflyfisher
11-04-2011, 01:14 PM
I've never fished Jake's Creek, and I've wanted to do so for some time. My impression is that it's really tight and stays that way all the way up stream.

So, I really have two questions:
1) does it open up upstream at all?
2) as small as it is (or appears to be) and as low as the water has been, is that a wise use of one's (my) very limited fishing time?


I haven't been in the last few days but was up there recently although the leaves had not yet started to fall and the water a bit higher...

It is one of my favorite small streams so far based on my limited park fishing exp. I think it fishes great under normal water conditions and excellent with some rain. I routinely catch nice bows and browns on almost every trip. I think the key is to be the first if not only person on the stream. I usually fish from the campground and then up Newt Prong. There are some nice holes that have some good fish but people seem to think it's too tight... fine by me! ;)

Some Jakes Creek locals... :cool:

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a341/kevinlanephotography/brown.jpg
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a341/kevinlanephotography/bow1.jpg


Tight Lines,

JoeFred
11-04-2011, 02:02 PM
tnflyfisher, great lookin' locals, even without teeth & shoes:smile: (that coming from a local myself). Without getting too specific, how far up have you found browns?

JF

Chuckwalla
11-04-2011, 04:12 PM
This was a last year.

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z26/CaptChuckwalla/IMG_2165.jpg

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z26/CaptChuckwalla/IMG_2172.jpg

These two were the only browns I've ever caught in Jake's.

BlueRaiderFan
11-04-2011, 07:19 PM
I was refering to the Little River trail since you had mentioned larger fish. Jakes is a nice creek though and, as you can see, offers decent size fish. I usually fish the lower portions of Jakes Creek when I fish it. Let us know how you did.

tnflyfisher
11-04-2011, 07:59 PM
Without getting too specific, how far up have you found browns?
JF

Without getting too specific .... lets just say that most of what is pink on your map could very well be blue... but I say leave it as it is. ;)

Tight Lines,

JoeFred
11-04-2011, 09:14 PM
Fair enough.:smile: You have clearly helped me make a case for more fishing...er I mean research... on Jakes Creek come spring.

cubefisher
11-07-2011, 01:19 PM
Thanks for all the info!

I'd already headed up when this info was posted, but I plan to file this info away for future trips.

We had a pretty good few days in the park. We stayed at Elkmont. We were there early Thursday through about mid-day Sunday. Seemed like you could set your watch by the fish. For us, each day was slow until about 4:30, then they got hungry and started to move.

Thursday, I thought the river seemed slicker than usual, and I found myself stumbling more than normal. When I got out of the river, I realized my boot had blown out, so we made a Friday trip down to LRO for a new pair. It was time. And my birthday's right around the corner, so why not, right?

Saturday, we went up the little river trail as far as Goshen Prong Trailhead. I headed up GP trail as far as the first bridge and fished around there a bit. It was a great walk, and the river was really pretty. Fishing was good too. I need to go back and study my map a little more. I'd like to keep walking/fishing upstream from there as well. It was nice to get further back in the woods.

I fished some wet flies, some usual-suspect dries, but I mostly stuck with what I know...a(ny) nymph dropped off of a stimi.

I did find myself missing more strikes than I usually do. Certainly more than I care to admit. And many of the fish I caught were poorly hooked too. I was also guilty of jerking the hook out of a few mouths prematurely. Maybe I was hyped up from all the walking.

Anyway, thanks to all who posted on this. I want to go check that out too. It's good to know that at my current pace of two long-weekend trips each year, I'll never run out of fishable waters to explore in the park. We're awfully lucky to have such a beautiful place to fish.

Rog 1
11-07-2011, 05:27 PM
Cubefisher....if you are willing to walk up as far as Goshen Trail sometime you should fish up the LR toward CS24....some really nice dry fly fishing up there....if you start above the camp site with a little luck you can catch a grand slam without leaving the stream....