Forney Creek Brown Trout
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Forney Creek North Carolina
Forney Creek keeps its trout safe from anglers by making
them either cross Lake Fontana to get to its mouth, or by
hiking three and a half miles to get there. With all the
other streams available to fish in Great Smoky Mountains
National Park, anglers would have to look for a reason to
fish Forney Creek. We'll give you a good reason. It is one
of the least fished streams in the park.

There are several tributary streams to Forney Creek
including Bear Branch, Bee Gum Branch, Jonas Creek
and Huggins Creek. These are all small streams but they
all have populations of trout. Jonas has two little feeder
streams, Little Jonas Creek and Scarlett Ridge Creek.

If you go to the trouble to fish Forney Creek, or any of its
tributaries, you wouldn't have a lot of company, except  
maybe the bears. Most likely you would be the only
angler there. That's just what a lot of backpacking
anglers enjoy. It has remote several backcountry
campsites and permits are available from the park.

The season is open year-round and trout can be taken
Spring is the best time to fish Forney Creek because of
the aquatic insect hatches.
We would suggest you fish the headwaters of Forney
Creek during the summer months and avoid the lower
Fall is an excellent time to fish the stream, especially if
you spend the night at a remote campsite. Also, its brown
trout spawn during the fall season.
It would certainly be okay to fish Forney during the winter
months but you could select another stream much easier
to access with few or no anglers.

Fly Fishing Guide to Forney Creek
Fly fishing Forney Creek is strictly small stream fishing
and when we say small stream, we mean a stream that is
not only comparatively small in width, but also just about
completely covered with tree limbs in many places.
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Type of Stream

Rainbow Trout
Brown Trout

Small to Medium

Great Smoky Mountains National

Nearest Towns
Bryson City, NC
Fontana Village, NC



Special Regulations

Non-Resident License
State of North Carolina or
Tennessee Wildlife Resources

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Additional Information:
Fly Fishing Smoky Mountains
Forney Creek
North Carolina
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