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12-24-2011, 11:04 AM
Has anyone done any fishing in Western North Carolina around the Robinsville area. My Dad and I were planning a trip somewhere over that way. However, we aren't very familiar the water in that area. Any advice would be great. Thanks!

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12-25-2011, 08:11 AM
You should order up one of JoeFred's Maps and pick an area that you would like to hit up. I think the Little TN River has many opportunities in that area and you are just a short drive to hundreds of other streams.


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I hope this helps.

12-25-2011, 09:26 AM
I would consider the Natahala River. There is the DH water above the power plant, and the area below the plant. You would need to check on the generation schedule before attempting fishing below the power plant.


Jim Casada
12-26-2011, 03:55 PM
tstephe9--I have extensive experience on Graham County and it was at one time the premier area in all of N. C. That is no longer the case, and at the risk of raising a subject fraught with argument I will simply say that most locals feel otters are the primary culprit. I'm in regular touch with some of them.
If you examine the archives you'll find a lot of information on Big Snowbird Creek.
I'd second pineman19's mention of the Nantahala. Although the area below the power plant is not designated harvestbut instead hatchery supported regulations, it is my favorite stream. I actually prefer it with the water "on," but most folks don't. Either way, if you want a mess of trout, and almost everything you catch will be stream-bred, lower Nantahala makes for great action. The DH area above the power plant is immensely popular and while it isn't my cup of tea there's no questioning the plentitude of fish (and it's pretty water of an ideal size for wading).
The Nantahala is closer to Bryson City than it is to Robbinsville, but in either instance the drive is a short one.
Jim Casada
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12-26-2011, 04:10 PM
Far from an expert in WNC but, isn't Snowbird Creek in that general area? I remember coming out of Robbinsville and heading back to the Cherohala Skyway. There was a nice stream paralleling the road for a ways. A lady and her daughter were flyfishing at one pullover.

Jim Casada
12-26-2011, 07:55 PM
John--Yes, Big Snowbird (and Little Snowbird, part of which is on the Cherokee Rez and part of which is private) are in Graham County. Other streams of note include Big and Little Santeetlah, West Buffalo, Slickrock, Long Creek, Tallulah, Yellow Creek, and others.
Jim Casada
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