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Fly Fishing North Indian Creek and
South Indian Creek Tennessee
Both North Indian Creek and South Indian Creek are
tributaries of the Nolichucky River that begins in the
mountains near Irwin Tennessee. If it were not for the
fact that most of their waters flow through private
property and is well exposed to the sun, they would
both probably be the best trout streams in Tennessee.
They are among a few that are limestone streams
capable of growing large, wild trout, if it were not for the
urban and farmland setting.
The North Indian Creek flows through the Limestone
Cove area near Unicoi. The problem with this fine
stream is that most of it flows through private property.
Its best access is a Forest Service picnic area. It's easy
access but as you may expect, the trout are
continuously spooked by the picnic activity. It's on a
nice section of this small stream but about the only time
it's useful is early in the day or during cold weather. The
only other accesses are several pull-offs on the
right-of-way along highway #107.
This stream is almost a spring creek. Its water quality is
very similar and I'm certain it has a low pH. It's full of
aquatic insects. Angie caught the small brown trout
shown above on her first cast (better described as a
flip) in a section of a stream that is picture perfect for a
brown trout. Fly fishing North Indian Creek can be a lot
South Indian Creek is similar but nowhere nearby North
Indian Creek other than at the point where they
converge with the Nolichucky. As their names imply,
South Indian Creek flows from the opposite side of the
Nolichucky River in an opposite direction of North Indian
Creek. It flows through a more urban area and open
farmland that doesn't offer much in the way of shade. It
is followed closely by highway 19 E which doesn't
exactly help either, other than to provide several
pull-offs for access. It too, appears to have a high pH
level and is full of aquatic insects typical more typical of
a spring creek than a mountain freestone stream.
Both of these streams are stocked or hatchery
supported, even though they contain lots of wild trout.
South Indian Creek probably needs stocking in its lower
areas but I'm not certain about its tributary streams.
Rocky Fork, Higgins Creek, Tumbling Creek and Spivey
Creek make up South Indian Creek. Highway 19W
follows Spivey Creek into Ashville North Carolina. Each
of these are forested, mountain streams but all of them
flow through private property. The big difference is
Rocky Fork has several state leased access points. It
provides excellent fishing including native brook trout in
its headwaters. The lower section can be accessed
along a paved road and the upper part via a trail.
The season runs year-round
Trout can be caught most warm days of the winter
Spring is the best time for fly fishing North and South
Very hot summer days is okay only in the uppermost
Fall is the best time for big browns in the lower sections
of both North Indian Creek and South Indian Creek.
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