Brook Trout are the main attraction
of the Cosby Creek Watershed. You
don't have to hike a long way to find
Cosby Creek Watershed:
|Fly Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Cosby Creek is another of the Park’s streams that is on the borderline of being
called a miscellaneous stream. It is a watershed that is separated from the other
park’s streams by mountain ranges that are located in a more remote area than
most others yet it is easily reached by a paved road that runs through the small
community of Cosby, Tennessee. It is also worth listing separately because of the
campground located just inside the park. From the campground upstream you can
catch brook trout.
This is one stream that supports brook trout that can be accessed fairly easy. From
the campground downstream most of the trout you catch will probably be small to
average size rainbows. From the campground upstream you can catch brook trout.
Of course the lower part of the stream contains a mixture of both.
Those anglers that are looking for water that is easily accessed from an area that
does not have the hustle and bustle of Gatlinburg, Cherokee, Bryson City or
Townsend tourist crowds may consider Cosby Creek provided they are not seeking
to catch large brown or rainbow trout.
Rainbows exist in the stream for the most part down stream from the campground
but they usually are small to average in size. Brook trout that can be found fairly
easy without making an extended hike into the back country may be the main
drawing card for this area of the park. Those that want to venture farther back into
the steep areas of the mountains can certainly do so, however.
The size of this stream ranges from very small in its uppermost reaches to an
average size small stream at its lower reaches.
Average Fish Size:
The average size of the rainbow trout in Cosby Creek is on the small side for the
park's streams. The brook trout are generally of average size for the park.
The tributary streams, of Rock Creek, Inadu, Toms and Crying Creek, are all very
small brook trout streams.
The popularity of this stream is average to low. Since it is located in a rural
populated area and not very near a tourist town, it sees less anglers than many of
the park's streams.
The difficulty of fishing this stream varies greatly with the specific location you are
fishing. It ranges from fairly easy to very difficult. The fish are aggressive enough
but the going is sometimes tough. Much of the stream is tightly enclosed with tree
limbs and bushes.
This is a good stream for those anglers who want to catch some brook trout but
don't want to have to hike very far to do it.
Copyright 2007 James Marsh
Very Small Streams such as
this are typical for Cosby Creek.
This one is only a short distance
from the campground.
Angie with a nice Cosby Creek