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Shaggy
04-03-2010, 08:33 PM
I decided to go all the way up the North River today in search of the rare Tellico/North River Browns. I managed a nice 8-9 inch brown that slipped out of my hand while trying to take a photo of it (really frustrating!!). I got a few bows and then went as high as I could go and finally after all of these years managed , not just one, but 3 North River Brookies!! Pics below!!

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh66/7797chapman/PICT0261.jpg

Shaggy
04-03-2010, 08:36 PM
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh66/7797chapman/PICT0262.jpg

Shaggy
04-03-2010, 08:39 PM
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh66/7797chapman/PICT0269.jpg

txbrown
04-03-2010, 11:48 PM
Shaggy, that is a special place and a special river. Great brookies. Love those little guys. It's really amazing some of the places you pull them out of up that river. I am spending 5 days fishing in the Park and then heading there Wednesday to meet about 12 of my buddies for 5 days of bluelining in the area.

baldriver
04-04-2010, 07:48 AM
Shaggy, were these fish from North River or up higher where Meadow Branch comes in as a feeder stream? Meadow Branch is a tiny stream as is Snowbird, another feeder to North River.

Crockett
04-04-2010, 12:07 PM
I didn't think snowbird was a feeder to the north river. I have fished Sugar Cove Branch up there though.

baldriver
04-05-2010, 08:02 AM
You may be right. Does Snowbird drop toward Citico or toward the Little T in N.C..

Knothead
04-05-2010, 09:53 AM
My topo map shows Snowbird Creek forming its main branch below Haw Knob in NC. It is joined by Sassafras Creek and flows in a ENE direction into Santeelah Lake near the Cherokee reservation. Snowbird doesn't cross into Tennessee but is entirely in Graham County, NC.

Shaggy
04-05-2010, 09:20 PM
I was wondering if it was really North River that I was fishing. I drove up past where the road leaves the river for a mile or so and then returns to it. However, I do not recall ever crossing over it again. I would love to get ahold of a nice map of the areas streams.

I also fished Bald River just below Holly Flats campground with no signs of fish anywhere. I have never been very successful on the Bald.

budman
04-06-2010, 05:00 AM
I'm almost sure you were on the North. Once you pass NR campground and go up a couple of miles you do leave the river, but you come back to it. Next time you're down that way, drive all the way up the mountain and take right (left will take you up to the skyway). If you follow that road around the ridge you will come to Stratton Meadow. There's a parking lot and you can walk out on the bald for some spectacular views. There's actually a pond up there but I am not sure what,if any, fish are in there.
Budman

Grannyknot
04-06-2010, 08:21 AM
I'm almost sure you were on the North. Once you pass NR campground and go up a couple of miles you do leave the river, but you come back to it. Next time you're down that way, drive all the way up the mountain and take right (left will take you up to the skyway). If you follow that road around the ridge you will come to Stratton Meadow. There's a parking lot and you can walk out on the bald for some spectacular views. There's actually a pond up there but I am not sure what,if any, fish are in there.
Budman

Thats actually referred to as Whigg Meadow. Stratton Meadows is closer to the skyway, close to the Mud Gap parking area. I'm fairly sure there is no trout in the pond due to its summer temperature and low oxygen levels.

View from Whigg Meadow
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh256/CodyEdrington/Backpacking/Whigg10-3-09013.jpg

Pond near Whigg Meadow
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh256/CodyEdrington/Backpacking/Whigg10-3-09011.jpg

budman
04-06-2010, 03:52 PM
Granny- As I was typing I was trying to remember if was Stratton or Whigg. The times Ive been up there that pond has looked black as night, I figured there had to be some sort of creatures in there. It is a beautiful place.
Budman

buster55
04-21-2010, 02:22 PM
Shaggy Wrote: "I would love to get ahold of a nice map of the areas streams."

Here is a link to a TODT map of Monroe County. TDOT has maps like this for every county in the state. It provides pretty good detail. Click the right button on your mouse and you get a zoom tool that let's you focus in on the are you want to see.

I am contemplating a trip over there this weekend, but I am a little leary of the forecast. Some rain is good, but a gully washer ain't. Been there and done that.

Buster

http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/Maps/county/co62.pdf