Misc Streams - North Carolina Side of Park:
Fly Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Cooper Creek:
Cooper Creek is a small out of the way stream that normally offers good rainbow
trout fishing. It can be accessed from Cooper Creek Road which intersects U. S.
Hwy.19 about 5 miles southwest of Cherokee, North Carolina. The Cooper Creek
Trail follows the stream for about 2 miles from the dead end of Cooper Creek
Road. You can continue upstream on an unimproved trail.

Chambers Creek:    
Chambers Creek is another small stream that offers good fishing for rainbow trout
in its lower section and brook trout in its headwaters. To access it you would need
to cross Fontana Lake. The stream forks into the North and West Forks about
three-quarters of a mile upstream.  

Bunches Creek:
Bunches Creek is located near Cherokee, North Carolina. It enters the Raven Fork
outside of the Park but the uppermost part of the stream can be accessed easier
from the Balsam Mountain Road off the Blue Ridge Parkway. It contains a good
population of brook trout but like many brook trout streams, it's not easy to access

Most people that refer to Bunches Creek are referring to the section outside the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Cherokee North Carolina. It runs into the
Raven Fork in Cherokee. There's places it can be fished outside the park and even
places it is stocked but the best brook trout fishing is inside the park.

You can access Bunches Creek from the Heintoogo Ridge Road which starts at
the Blue Ridge Parkway about eleven miles from its beginning. After traveling about
four miles, you will enter GSMNP.

About half way to Balsam Mountain Campground, approximately two and a half
miles from the entrance to the park, you will pass the first access (trailhead) to the
Flat Head Trail. A short hike down the trail will take you to Bunches Creek. This is
the only point you can reach the creek inside the park via an official trail. You can
fish up or down the stream from where the trial crosses the stream.

Flat Creek
Flat Creek is a small tributary of Bunches Creek. It too can be accessed from the
Flat Head Trail but it's best to use the trailhead at the end of the paved section at
the Picnic Area just past the Balsam Mountain Campground. This is near the
beginning of the one-way, Round Bottoms Road that takes you to the Straight Fork.

By the way, the Balsam Mountain Campground is the highest elevation
campground in the park. Flat Creek also starts at a very high elevation and that,
along with it's slightly difficult access and remote location is one reason for it and
Bunches Creek's good brook trout population.

Most people that use this trail, use it to access Flat Creek Falls. It's about a half
mile to Flat Creek. The stream can be fished all the way to Bunches Creek but
mostly from within the stream. It's small and tight. The trial does follow the creek
but access isn't always easy. Although it's at a high elevation, the stream isn't on a
extremely steep decline. From a climbing standpoint, It's easier to fish than most
other high elevation streams.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh
Bunches Creek has plenty of
small brook trout. It is easy to
drive right past this stream.
This one is probably the
average size brook for the park.
Small streams almost always
have rainbows. You can get
away from the crowds and
enjoy the scenery of the
Smokies fishing the numerous
small streams that are just
small blue lines on a map.
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Small  Miscellaneous Streams have Rainbows
Small  Miscellaneous Streams have Browns
Small  Miscellaneous Streams have Brookies
the Smokies are full of small
trout. Some headwater steams
have both rainbows and brook
trout. That makes it tough on
the smaller and less
aggressive brook trout. The
these small streams to
populations of brook trout only.