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bias5246 02-18-2010 05:44 PM

Brook trout in march
I'm planning a trip to the smokies in late March. I was wondering if there were any good day trips to streams with brook trout. Is there anything under a two mile hike?

Jim Casada 02-18-2010 07:09 PM

bias5246--There are lots of places--on the Tennessee side try Road Prong or Walker Camp Prong; on the N. C. side Kanati Fork or Straight Fork around the "million dollar bridge." There are lots of other places noted in my recent book.
Jim Casada
P. S. Incidentally, a warm day in March can be a joy on specks. You don't have so much trouble with overhanging vegetation as is the case when deciduous trees leaf out, and if it is sunny and in the 60s you get surface action.

GrouseMan77 02-18-2010 09:10 PM

You can almost fall out your car into one of the streams Mr. Casada mentioned.

The Principal 02-18-2010 10:35 PM

I did onetime at Straight Fork.

TightLines 02-19-2010 04:05 AM


Originally Posted by GrouseMan77 (Post 76951)
You can almost fall out your car into one of the streams Mr. Casada mentioned.

:frown: My wife would just shove me out of the car, without even slowing down.

bias5246 02-19-2010 01:15 PM

Thanks for the info
Hey, thanks for the suggestions everyone. I'll have to try those out.

bias5246 02-19-2010 03:10 PM

Also, what would you recommend fly wise? I assume BWOs, Blue Quill, Quill Gordons? Anything else? What about the a dropper? Pheasant tail, Zug Bugs, or Princes?
Thanks for the info! I can't wait until March!!

pineman19 02-19-2010 07:44 PM

Parachute Adams and darker Elk Hair caddis as well.

bones 02-20-2010 07:31 AM

Cosby or Indian creeks are good that time of year as well. Had a stellar trip last year second weekend of March. Flashback olive hares ears, tellicos, and by mid morning we were using#16 black, tan, and lime caddis. Lots of little stones, and caddis out. Not many mayflies saw maybe adozen or so Quill Gordons all weekend. Water temps were in the 40ies managed one temp reading of 50.2 Sun morning. Water temps will be cool but brookies are very tolerant of the cold.

On a really good note we had all the campsites and water to ourselves.

Jim Casada 02-20-2010 09:31 AM

Bones and bias5246--One clarification. You mean (or at least I assume you mean) the Indian Creek on the Tennessee side. There are no specks in the Indian Creek which is a major feeder of Deep Creek on the N. C. side, or at least if there are I've never caught one (and that's where I cut my fly-fishing teeth). It is a fine little stream for 'bows, though. Cosby Creek is an excellent suggestion.
Jim Casada

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