Reprinted from TWRA Facebook page. (Link)  Brook Trout are primarily a mountain stream fish requiring anglers to seek them in the higher elevations, but there are other waterways in Tennessee where Brook Trout can be found.

Tennessee’s Brook Trout angling opportunities are more varied and plentiful than many anglers think. For some, it can be highly rewarding to head for high mountain streams to hook wild Brook Trout where they seldom exceed 10-inches in length, but bigger Brook Trout weighing up to 4 lbs. can be caught in tailwater rivers. Region IV Rivers and Streams Biologist Jim Habera says, “Exclusive of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there are 110 streams in the mountains of east Tennessee from Johnson Co. to Monroe Co. that support wild Brook Trout populations, although many are small and would be difficult to fish.” Habera goes on to say that there is even a high-elevation pond (4,000 feet) in the head of Birchfield Camp Branch in the Cherokee National Forest in Unicoi Co. that has a Brook Trout population. It does however require a five-mile walk to reach.

Having this range of opportunities benefits anglers who may not wish to venture into the mountains, but still want to hook up with Tennessee’s only native trout species. The even better news is that Habera says the options for Brook Trout angling extend from upper East Tennessee all the way into middle Tennessee. He offers these as the best choices for East Tennessee anglers:

  • Left Prong Hampton Creek in Carter Co. (Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area)
    · Little Stony Creek and Upper Stony Creek (including tributaries) in Carter Co. (Cherokee National Forest)
    · Gentry Creek and the northwest-flowing tributaries to Beaverdam Creek in Johnson Co. (Cherokee National Forest)
    · Upper Rocky Fork and Squibb Creek in Greene Co. (Cherokee National Forest)
    · Wolf Creek in Cocke Co. (Cherokee National Forest)
    · Upper Bald River in Monroe Co. (Cherokee National Forest)
    · Clinch River (Norris tailwater) – stocked annually with 9-inch Brook Trout
    · Boone tailwater (S. Fork Holston River) – stocked with Brook Trout most years

Habera notes that Left Prong, near Roan Mountain, supports Tennessee’s highest-abundance of wild Brook Trout and also has some of the largest native (uninfluenced by historical stocking) Brook Trout specimens. He offers these choices for anglers wishing to seek stocked Brook Trout in the Cumberland Plateau area and middle Tennessee:

  • Caney Fork (Center Hill tailwater),
    · Hiwassee River (Appalachia tailwater)
    · Obey River (Dale Hollow tailwater)
    · Elk River (Tims Ford tailwater)

Good Fishing



January Meeting

President’s Corner

Ernie Frey


It is the start of a new year. I wasn’t planning on being president this year but it looks like I am. This year we have a vice-president Steve Darnell who will be president next year. Steve and I will be working together this year to ease him into the presidency.

We have a lot of projects nominated for this year. To start the year LRCTU will sponsor a fly tying and fly casting classes with Blount County Parks and Recs will start the first Saturday in March. The casting class will start later after it warms up a little. Another project we are working on with the City of Maryville is a delayed harvest program for Pistol Creek. At this writing, TWRA is scheduling a survey for Pistol Creek to check on the viability of putting trout in the creek. We still want to do a clean-up in the Smoky Mountain National Park but the government shutdown has delayed those talks. There is also the Pistol Creek Adopt a Creek Program which we are in discussions with Maryville city engineers. Those are just the first quarter.

The meetings this year will be held at Barley’s Maryville on the fourth Tuesday of the month. This month’s meeting will be January 22 as usual 6 PM for the social hour and 7pm for the business meeting.  Bryon Begley will be are guest speaker

Come join us and start the New Year right!

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Winter reading and videos

With cold and raining weather and the water being too high to fish. I was looking on the web and came across the Gray’s Sporting Journal webpages.  Under the fly fishing tab they have two pages with several fly fishing articles. (Link)  I have been a subscriber for many years and their fly fishing articles are well worth reading.   In addition, there are nine pages of hunting and fishing videos to watch. (Link)  So sit, kick back and relax and enjoy.

Good fishing


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November / December Meeting

President’s Corner

Ernie Frey


President’s Corner

I’m writing this while listening to the rainfall on the roof. As of this morning, we have had over 50 inches of rain this year. From a fishing and conservation standpoint this is a good thing. The groundwater reserves are being rebuilt after those years of drought. My only concern is that we don’t huge amounts of rain at one time that may disrupt the redds of breeding fish. I personally am using the rain days to clean and check over my fishing gear.

One of the first articles I wrote when I became president of the chapter talked about finishing a bamboo blank that I had purchased at Troutfest. Well, it is finished and so is my term as president. The board will nominate, for member’s approval, a slate of candidates for the board and officers of the chapter for 2019. If any member wishes to be an officer or on the board, nominations will be taken from the floor at the December 4 meeting.

The Tuesday, December 4 meeting will be the last meeting of the year. We make this deviation because of the holiday schedule. This meeting will the silent auction to benefit the chapter so if you have something you wish to donate please bring it to the December 4 meeting.

Our meeting site has been confirmed for next year. Barley’s has been a great meeting venue and working with Jim Williams and his staff has been a great pleasure.

Next meeting will be December 4 at Barley’s Maryville, social hour starts at 6 and business meeting at 7. The silent auction will go on from 6 till 8.

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