Copyright 2014 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Guide to Laurel Fork Creek Tennessee
A portion of the stream is stocked by the state of Tennessee but there is a wild
trout area designated as such that has some excellent wild brown trout fishing.
The wild trout waters start above a cable crossing in Dennis Cove. The stream
contains wild brown, brook and rainbow trout. The headwaters have a very good
population of brook trout but most of the trout in the designated wild trout area of
the stream are browns. There are some wild rainbows but probably three-fourths
or more of the trout you will catch will be browns.
The best procedure is to fish in an upstream direction. If you are fairly sure no one has
fished the start of the designated wild trout area, you could start there. Just make sure
there aren't any wet boot prints on the boulders. The farther you hike up the stream, the
better the fishing is. This doesn't require hiking into the headwaters, just a mile or two
We haven’t seen one person fishing this stream in our five trips there. I am certain
it is fished but the stream is located in a very rural area and most people that do
fish the stream fish the put and take area. There is also a lot of other fine trout
streams nearby. The Doe River, Watauga River tailwater and the South Holston
tailwaters are in the same general area of the state.
This is a relatively small freestone, mountain stream. We haven’t taken any large
brown trout but I am certain they exist. One reason is that we have always fished
with dry flies. Even so, we have caught as many as twenty brown trout in a short
day of fishing and a few better than twelve inches up to fourteen inches long. In
the five trips we have made to this stream, we have always been able to catch at
least a dozen trout of decent size. We consider that very good brown trout fishing
for such a small stream. The average size fish will probably only average nine
inches or so but I assure you there are some larger ones there.
You will generally do much better on the brown trout if you stick to fishing nymphs or
imitations of caddis larva. High Stickin the deep runs is often effective.
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Laurel Fork Creek