06/27/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Green Sedges (Caddis)
3.    Cinnamon Caddis (mostly Abrams Creek)
4.    Little Sister Caddis (mostly Abrams Creek)
5.    Cream Cahills
6.    Sulphurs
7.    Little Yellow Stoneflies
8.    Little Green Stoneflies
9.    Golden Stoneflies
10.  Slate Drakes
11.  Streamers (Sculpin, Minnows)
12.  Inch Worms
13.  Grasshoppers
14.  Ants
15.  Beetles

Weather and Stream Conditions
The short and sweet version is that we have excellent fishing conditions throughout
the park. I don't suggest you fish the lower elevations, but other than that,
anywhere there's water would be the perfect place. There's a 50% chance of more
rain today, about 30% tomorrow and then it appears the thundershowers will stop
for awhile. It will warm up a little by Wednesday and the skies will probably be mostly
clear whereas they have been mostly cloudy for the past few days. What more
could anyone ask for being we will begin a new month (July) this week?

The stream levels are all in great shape. Little River is up just slightly but on its way
back to normal. Looking at the Chataloochee and Oconaluftee USGS river levels,
the water levels on the North Carolina side of the park look perfect.

Brook Trout Streams - Part 7
It's the time of year when the high elevation streams really become important, so for the next few
days I will be pointing out some high elevation brook trout streams (and some not so high),
many of which you may be familiar with and some you may not be familiar with.

Enloe Creek
Enloe Creek is another great Smoky Mountains brook trout stream. It's a tributary of
the best brook trout stream in the park - the Raven Fork which I will cover tomorrow.
Enloe Creek isn't easy to fish or better said, it isn't easy to wade. It's basically large
pools connected by plunges. It takes a lot of climbing to fish it.

The stream can be accessed two different ways - from Smokemont Campground on
the Bradley Fork, or the Hyatt Ridge Trail off of the Straight Fork Creek Road. The
only thing about using the later trail is that you probably won't fish Enloe Creek, or
at least at your first stop. That's because you have to cross Raven Fork. You can
reach the Enloe Creek Trail from either of those two directions, the shorter distance
being the Hyatt Ridge way.

It is possible to fish the stream on a day trip but for someone my age, your doing
good to fish it at all. I would prefer a day to get there and three days to rest after I
get there. I'm kidding but it is not an easy day trip and that's not kidding. You can
stay at campsite #47 and that's probably the best way to fish the stream.

Here's an article written by Craig Landcaster three years ago that well describes
fishing the stream. There's also another article you may find quite interesting.

Enloe Creek:
9/10/08
Nestled in one of the most scenic watersheds in the Smokies, Enloe  
Creek is one of the park's hidden gems. While not easy to reach, Enloe
Creek will reward an angler who is willing to put his/her angling and  
wading skills up against the stream's challenging conditions.

Access to the stream is troublesome and tiring, to say the least. There are
two access points, both of which are difficult. The first, and most practical,
is coming in off of Straight Fork Road and up the Hyatt Ridge Trail. Once
you make the grueling 1.9 mile ascent of the trail you will come to Enloe
Creek Trail. This trail goes down .9 miles to campsite 47 and then
traverses the top of a gorge for .7 miles until dropping down to cross over
Enloe Creek. As previously  mentioned, the trail up to Hyatt Ridge is difficult
although  relatively short. It's all easier down to the campsite as it's all  
downhill and from the campsite to Enloe Creek the short jaunt is just wide
enough for one person and is littered with ups and downs, none of which
are too difficult. One note of interest are the incredible views that you will
have while on this section of the trail. While walking along the top of the
gorge you will look out at the surrounding ridges and see amazing views of
the Smokies.

The second, and more difficult way to access Enloe is by starting out on a
1.2 mile hike up the Bradley Fork Trail to Chasteen Creek Trail. Once there,
follow the Chasteen Creek Trail it's whole course, 4.4 miles, until you
reach Enloe Creek Trail and the last leg, a 1.3 mile hike down the ridge to  
Enloe. This way is much more longer and also requires a steep hike up a
ridge, this time Hughes Ridge, but it could be an option, especially if you
were staying at campsite 50 on Chasteen Creek.

Recently opened to fishing after the brook trout moratorium, Enloe is  
nothing short of a spectacular Southern Appalachian Brook Trout stream.
However, just like it's larger neighboring stream Ravens Fork, this stream
is rough and tumble and offers plenty of places where an angle will have to
navigate the stream bed with extreme care. The stream is much smaller
than Raven where the trail crosses, about 15-20 feet wide in most places,
but there are enough large rocks to keep things interesting with deep
plunge pools and interesting runs.

Fishing upstream from the trail crossing should produce numerous fish  
as they are not used to seeing flies thrown their way, most in the 6"-7"
range, a good size for brook trout. As you continue upstream, the stream
maintains it's size and average fish size until it's first major tributary,
Hideaway Branch, runs into it about a mile upstream from the trail
crossing. Once you start approaching Hideaway Branch and above it, the
average fish size seem to get a bit smaller as the stream also dwindles in
size. Above Hideaway, Enloe Creek becomes very tight with rhododendron
choking the stream in some places where even a bow and arrow cast
won't work.

If you decide to fish Enloe Creek, make sure and invest almost a whole
day on it. The ability to catch good size brook trout well above the trail
crossing as well as the seemingly naive fish ensure that you  will not regret
your decision to come here. If you are anywhere in this watershed,
however, wading can be dangerous due to the rugged nature of this area
of the park, so take your time and be careful.

Enloe will surely delight any fisherman and should not be passed up by
any brook trout fanatic.

                                   Article Copyright 2008 Craig Lancaster

Another Article About Enloe Creek
          
One of the pleasures I have in maintaining my websites is receiving email. This one
came from Mr. William Armachain. I requested his permission to post the email so
that all of you could take pleasure in reading this piece of history in honor of Mr.
Armachain's grandfather, Mr. Grover Enloe.

Hello!

I read your description of Enloe creek located in the Great Smoky Mountain
National Park and wanted to give you a little history of that particular creek. The
creek was named after my grandfather, Grover Enloe. My grandfather's moonshine
still was located at the head of the creek which he accessed from Tow String on the
western side of the ridge that separates the two locations. As you are aware, the
area is rough and isolated (more so in the 1930's). My father married Grover's
daughter. The Oconaluftee visitor center sits on the old Enloe farm from the late
1700's to mid 1800's. My grandfather was a true mountain man. He was
uneducated, poor and proud. Moon shinning was a means of survival. Unlike today,
it wasn't looked down on, but rather something to be proud of. Few could make
"good sip pin shine." A many old codger would tell of drinking a many quart of my
grandfather's shine. Grover was also an avid bear hunter. He killed 41 bears
illegally on the park in it's early days. One of my grandfather's bear traps is
occasionally displayed at the park headquarters near Gatlinburg, TN. His initials
can clearly be seen on the trap,"GE" He had to "throw it over the bank", in order to
get away from the park rangers long ago.

My grandfather always said, "I had every loose dollar in Cherokee, if the church
didn't get it I did!" He died at the age of 96. My mother said "He at 6 eggs and a
pound of bacon every day of his life, it killed him at 96."

Next time you or others fish that creek, think of this, my grandfather once told me,
"Your mother and me would dip fish out of that creek with a dishpan."

Bill.