12-30-2007, 10:09 PM
The Holston River below Cherokee seems like a great place for a brown trout to grow big and fat, but I've yet to hear of one. I know the rainbow that holdover are nice and healthy. And I know a few browns are being stocked, though not in the #'s as rainbows. I just keep expecting to catch, see, or at least hear of a big brown being caught. Over the past several years I've fished the riffles below Indian Cave many times and I've yet to catch a single brown in that stretch. Up stream a mile or more, I have caught a few in the 10" or so size range, but nothing in the teens. I am curious if anyone knows more about the success of the brown trout stocking program below Cherokee (ie:survival and growth rates, stocking #'s, distribution, etc).