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Old 01-29-2008, 06:19 PM
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Hi all-- new user, first post. I am planning a trip to Forney Creek in the middle of March and would appreciate any info I can get.

We are planning to put in at Flat Branch boat ramp on Fontana Lake. It is just South of Goldmine Loop Trail across the lake right next to Evans Knob at the end of Greasy Branch Rd. Anyone familiar with this? Is it safe (car theft wise)? Is the road to it passable for non 4-wheel drive vehicles? We are paddling canoes across and planning on about a 2 hour paddle. Does this sound reasonable? It looks like slightly less than 3 miles.

We are planning on carrying some chains and padlocks so we can drag the canoes away from the trail and lock them to a tree. Will this be enough of a theft deterrent?

We will probably stay at CS 71 so we will have access to both the upper and lower stretches of Forney Creek. Most of the fishing will be on the lower reaches; but I will check out Jonas and Huggins Creeks as well. Any other info on trail conditions, creek crossings, good fishing spots, equipment, etc. will be greatly appreciated. I have done a back country trip like this (sans canoes) to Eagle Creek and had a great trip-- can I assume that Forney Creek and Trail will be similar in regards to hiking and fishing?

Also, if you had to pick between Raven Fork, Straight Fork and Bradley Fork this time of year what would your choice be?

Thanks in advance for any input...
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:59 PM
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Welcome to the board, i can't really answer your question on forney creek as i've never been there (it's on my to do list), but i can throw my input in on the other question. This time of year, your best bet will probably be bradleys fork simply to its lower elevation and, therefore, warmer water. Straight fork isn't that much higher so you may give that a try as well. As far as ravens fork goes, it's up pretty high so i'm sure the water will be very cold up there. FYI though, if you ever do decide to go to ravens fork, make sure and go when the water is low to normal. I wouldn't even think of going there when the water is up, you couldn't navigate the stream very well, if at all, plus it would just be downright dangerous down in that area.

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Old 01-29-2008, 09:32 PM
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Access to Bradley Fork tailhead is thru Smokemont Campground. This campgroud is normally open in the winter, but is closed until March 1 for water line construction. I was told at the Vistor's Center that it's okay to park on Hwy 441 and walk thru the campground to Bradley Fork. Just be aware that you'll have about a mile walk before you get to the creek.

Agree with Craig that Raven Fork probably isn't worth the effort this time of the year.

I've fished the lower reaches of Forney several times and found it to be very good. However its always been a couple months later than when you're planning to go. I wouldn't worry too much about your boats at the mouth of Forney. As for the car, the only place I've heard of trouble was cars left at the tunnel on the Road to Nowhere. That was several years ago and I think it was one group of bad guys and they were caught. I'm not familiar with the area you're looking at.
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:52 PM
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bmc,
Welcome to the board. I fished Forney Creek last May. I posted a report on the Smoky Mountain Fishing Board under a thread entitled Forney Creek - Backcountry. I'll try to provide a link for that report: http://littleriveroutfitters.com/for...ead.php?t=8306
I will point out that the trail goes away from the creek just above campsite #71 and returns to the creek just below #70. In between there it climbs a ridge but nothing real bad. We just did not have the fishing that I had hoped for. If I had it to do over again I would spend more time fishing lower, especially the water between #71 and #70. This is pretty remote country, and even though it sees quiet a bit of hikers and horseback riders the section that I am referring to between the campsites is away from the trail and definitely not a place where you would want to take a fall. I do not know that you can fish through it, but I would like to try it. Campsite #71 is a pretty site, but if you are there during the weekend there is a good chance that you will share it with horseback riders (nothing against horses just making the observation). Below #71 Forney is a pretty good size creek.
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:59 PM
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bmc,
I see that my link didn't work. No suprise, I know nothing about computers or the internet, just being on a message board is a giant leap into the technical world for me. I watched this board for a long time, before I ever joined just because I wasn't sure I could figure out how to join. Thanks to the folks at LRO for show a great service and making it so simple that those of us with no computer skills can use it. Anyway, if you look in the Smoky Mountain Fishing forum last May (5/05/07 I think) you should be able to find a thread on Forney Creek - Backcountry.
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MtnMike

Here is the link you referred to:

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/for...eek+5%2F5%2F07

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