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Thread: Meadow Branch and Sycamore Creek in Cherokee National Forest

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    Default Meadow Branch and Sycamore Creek in Cherokee National Forest

    Google Books led me to a book called Brook Trout by Nick Karas. The author mentions that in the 1990s the TWRA attempted one of the largest brook trout restoration projects in the southern Appalachians in the 2 creeks I posted in the title. However, the book never mentions whether or not this was a successful venture or not. I'm curious if any of you that frequent this area has first hand knowledge of the success or lack thereof with the project. I looked around but haven't found any data. It is a pretty cool book and the section on the Southern Appalachians is very interesting.


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    The brook trout hatchery is located at the rear of the Pheasant Fields hatchery on the Tellico River, three miles from the NC state line. It was closed after two years due to high cost of operation. I have had good fishing in Sycamore Creek but haven't gone upstream for brookies. That is on the "to-do" list.

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    I'd classify both ventures as successful, although neither stream has a significant low elevation fish barrier like Lynn Camp or Sam's Creek, so neither stream is an exclusive brook trout fishery. There are places high up on Sycamore creek that could be considered a natural barrier, but they are far from any road or trail. Maybe Meadow Branch has something similar, I haven't been too far from the road.

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    Grannyknot is right. There are plenty of fisherman barriers,


    but, they haven't stopped the rainbows.
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    Very nice pictures! Thanks for the info. The book (if you haven't looked at it) said that a northern strain of brook trout was put into Meadow Branch and a southern strain from the GSMNP was put into Sycamore Creek.

    It also mentions that there was a barrier constructed on Sycamore Creek to keep rainbows out of the upper parts of the creek.

    I'll apologize for posting the name of the stream if that offended anyone. Since I found this info fairly easy with a Google search, I figured I wasn't posting anything that was already known. I'm still new to this so I'm not really clear on the "protocol" so to say. (I've seen some other threads that has almost turned me off from asking questions.) After looking at the map and finding the location of these waters, I assumed (probably wrong ) that they don't get as much pressure as other places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benintenn View Post
    I'm still new to this so I'm not really clear on the "protocol" so to say. (I've seen some other threads that has almost turned me off from asking questions.)
    I wouldn't let it turn you off from asking questions. I just wouldn't expect too many answers.

    I second Grannyknot's comments on Sycamore. I have not yet visited Meadow Branch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benintenn View Post
    It also mentions that there was a barrier constructed on Sycamore Creek to keep rainbows out of the upper parts of the creek.
    Interesting. I have been a long way up that creek and have never seen a "constructed" barrier. There is one at the very bottom that keeps fish from the Tellico from going upstream, but thats all I've seen.

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    I thought they had shut down Sycamore this year to poison it and restablish brook trout...guess I'm wrong.

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    The concrete barrier has a purpose: it acts as a dam to supply water for the hatchery. I have caught rainbows above it, one about 11 inches long. No secret about secret spots- the Forestry Service has a map, showing wild trout streams in the Cherokee National Forest. I was going to see if it has a publication number but I can't find my copies. I'll check with the local USFS office and report.

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