Laurel Creek above the falls is very tight. In fact the creek is tight down lower also. Last year it wouldn't have been worth it, as for size of brookies. I thought I knew how far ten inches is but in reality it is a longer than you think. Next time you get a fish you think is ten inches, take a tape measure or measure your rod handle, and you will see that most fish you think are ten inches are more like nine or eight. It is easy to overestimate. I don't mean to say that you fine folks are lying, I just know how easy it is to think they are big.
With that said anyone who knows me and especially in the past, how many days I spent on high altitude streams in the park. It took me 8 years until I caught a Brook Trout of 11 1/2 ". That is my biggest to date and it took right above the Chimneys Picnic area on a Joe's Hopper.
This leads me to the next point. I have always caught Brook trout at lower altitude than the general population think they are. I have caught a few as low as Cambell Overlook, which should be barely 2000ft. They can be caught sporadically with easy between Cambell overlook and the Stone bridge at Chimney's Picnic area. They do appear more often upstream of there but they are not as scarce down low as people think.