View Full Version : Brown Trout at high elevation

10-06-2006, 08:28 PM
I was just curious to find out how high up anyone have caught a Brown Trout. I caught one today at an approximate elevation at 3250 ft.

10-10-2006, 06:09 PM
Alright, I guess I am the winner then? ;) 3250 ft it is.

10-10-2006, 08:41 PM
hey tennswede...i'm not sure of the elevation, but I have caught a few browns about 30 minutes up the small creek off the back of Elkmont campgrounds......


10-11-2006, 07:40 AM
Hey buckeyetrouter!

I guess you are referring to Jake's Creek. It should be in the vicinity of 2800 ft. I believe Elkmont trailhead is at 2500 ft.

10-11-2006, 09:00 AM
Hans, I think you were with me when i caught one out of Goshen Prong. I don't think it is 3250 ft. But it's pretty high.

10-11-2006, 01:32 PM

I believe we were on Goshen prong trail which follows Fish Camp Prong. The mouth of Fish Camp Prong is at about 2850ft at the mouth. I have never fished with you at Goshen. Maybe you are confusing Fish Camp with Goshen. It is confusing because the trail at the mouth of Fish Camp is Goshen Prong Trail.

10-11-2006, 02:16 PM
Nope, you're right. it was Fish Camp.

10-11-2006, 02:29 PM
Two years ago, I was fishing the stretch (early Oct.)where Little River trail crosses with the wooden bridge above Elkmont. I had a 30+ fish day with more than a 1/3 being browns.Until the past few years, I've never caught a Brown above Elkmont, but now it seems they are becoming more common. Have any of you seen the same pattern? :-/ Two years ago, I spooked a nice hen brown (16-20 inch range) on a redd up a ways :-X

10-11-2006, 03:23 PM
don't know the elevation--but i caught a brown under the walkway bridge where the Tremont road dead ends into a parking area--was about 10" I think..

David Knapp
10-11-2006, 04:08 PM
I've caught them pretty high on the NC side of the park. I looked at a map and it was somewhere around 3000 ft, possibly a bit higher.

10-11-2006, 06:54 PM

Tremont trailhead is at about 1950 ft.

Plateau Angler!

Looks like you are closest, I was at 3250ft. I guess that is about as high as they get. It is really interesting to read reports from when the Browns were only as high as 1000ft or so. It won't be long before they are all the way up. The only thing that will stop them are natural barriers I guess?

10-11-2006, 06:56 PM

Yeah, I believe they are climbing the hills. I am convinced after my fishing trip last week that they are way up high nowadays. I guess it makes interesting fishing on creeks were a 7 inch fish is a lunker. The brown I caught came out of a whole no bigger than a washtub and It was 8 inches. It fought like **** due to the short line and the limited room to fight in.

10-11-2006, 08:42 PM
hey Hans.....while we are in the area next week, we plan on hiking to Charlies Bunyon for some picture ops, what would be a few spots on the way back down to stop and throw a fly (within a reasonable distance after the Charlies Bunyon hike)....


10-12-2006, 12:30 PM
My brother and I caught some small browns near the highest campsite on Deep Creek, I think it's called the Poke Patch site or something like that. I'm not sure of the elevation, and I don't have my guide book with me right now to check. By the way, that's a tough hike down to that site from Newfound Gap Rd and back up again. My knee still hasn't recovered.


10-12-2006, 08:23 PM

I guess West Prong of Little Pigeon would be the closest if you go out of the park on the TN side. If you go to NC when you leave the park the closest would be Beech Flats Prong and Oconaluftee.

10-12-2006, 08:27 PM

Well. If you are referring to campsite 53 we are talking right at 3000ft elevation. I guess I am still in the lead, surely someone out there have caught one at 3500ft?
Keep on fishing.

10-12-2006, 10:51 PM
Close but no cigar, eh? I guess that victory cigar I just smoked was a little premature. Lol. I just found it in my hiking guide. We might have caught one of those fish at around 3250 since we fished upstream from the site, but it's unlikely. Oh well, I would have smoked the cigar anyway. Take care,


10-13-2006, 07:35 AM

We are officially tied then. If you fished let's say half a mile to one mile up you were close enough to be at 3250ft. I guess we have to share the cigar ;D, unless someone lurking out there can beat us.

10-13-2006, 11:42 AM
I suspect I may have, but 'll have to check the map when I get home.


10-13-2006, 02:43 PM
To all on this thread!

Well, I realize now that I didn't specify geographic location. I would be easily beaten by someone fishing outside of our region. So lets say inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for now. That's the only way I have a chance at winning ;D

10-16-2006, 10:44 AM
After looking the topo's over, I have caught browns somewhere between 3200 and 3400 ft.

Can't get it any closer than that from the map and memory, but next time I'm up on that creek, I'll get a bit more precise.