View Full Version : North Carolina Trout Streams

01-25-2006, 02:26 PM
Anyone out there know much about the trout fishing along the Blue Ridge Parkway above Boone?

01-25-2006, 07:36 PM
I don't know of any specific streams. There are quite a few blue lines (wild streams) just off the parkway. Get a good map like a North Carolina Atlas & Gazatteer.

01-26-2006, 04:37 PM
Hi Varmit,
I used to live in Ashe County (north of Boone), I have never had much luck in that area, other than Three Top Creek which is way on the other side of the county. I have found the better places to fish in that area are from Boone and south along the Parkway. As the previous post said a NC fishing map might be your best bet to find spots, I just have never been to thrilled with the area north of Boone. Another place that is good, but it is not on the parkway, is Stone Mountain State Park which is on the border of Alleghany and Wilkes Counties. That's not too far off the beaten path from the area that you are looking at. Hope this helps and hope you find a great spot!

01-27-2006, 04:27 PM
that works out perfect because our place is on the south side of the parkway near Laurel Springs. *I could shoot straight over to the park. *Thanks for the tip!!!

Trout Slayer
01-31-2006, 12:18 AM
If your lookin for quality trout water in Western North Carolina the best place to start is the website for North Carolina's fish and game agency. I think their fish and game program is one of the best, this side of the Mississppi. In their regulations they have many streams listed for delayed harvest and flies only. This listings are by county so it helps to consult an atlas.

02-03-2006, 05:54 PM
Stone Mt Park has 1 pay to play - C & R stream with big browns. Self registration at the parking area. Section 2, 3 & 4 are the best.

02-06-2006, 09:19 AM
thanks for the info. I plan on going a couple of thimes this spring and then several times in late summer. There is also a small stream that runs right in front of the cabin that I have seen brookies in but man are they skiddish!

02-20-2006, 12:34 PM
I've taken two trips to the Northern part of WNC and I've been dissapointed on both. IMHO, the fishing there isn't even on par with waters in the southern part of WNC( western NC). Spent my vacation last year in Boone, and thought I was going to a small, mountain town. Boy, was I wrong. :( Only joy I got out of being there was going to Valle Crucis twice and fishing the DH water there, and sitting on the back porch of the Mast store during a rain storm. Other than that, no offense to anyone that lives up there - but give me Bryson City or Townsend any day - for fishing and for atmosphere.

Oh, I almost forgot. If you go to Banner Elk, don't fish in the little creek in the city park. Nothing in it. Trust me. Nope, nothing in there. Nothing at all. Not even a chub. really.

don't do it.

i mean it.


Paula Begley
02-21-2006, 10:18 AM
Oh, I almost forgot. If you go to Banner Elk, don't fish in the little creek in the city park. Nothing in it. Trust me. Nope, nothing in there. Nothing at all. Not even a chub. really.

don't do it.

i mean it.


Methinks he doth protest too much! ;)


02-22-2006, 04:52 PM
Owl, protest too much, NEVER. ;D


03-10-2006, 09:49 AM
Helton is a great stream, big fish too occasionally, avg about one 20" fish per week during the fall, winter, and spring with
clients--mostly newbies. Big Horse is a nice little stream too, as there's special reg water there. Much of the wild water
here (Ashe Co.) is brown trout water.

03-10-2006, 09:59 AM
There are a few waters on the Parkway near Boone, Sims Pond which is a 1 1/2 acre pond on the Parkway, there's Upper Boone Fork, Price Lake, Lower Boone Fork that flows out of Price Lake and Price Park, there's also Goshen Creek (brookies, small rainbows) as well as Upper Wilson if you drive a little further south. North from there your next area is Ashe County--your best bet there is Helton Creek or Big Horse. Helton is a DH stream and full of fish and some large ones too. Catch about one twenty inch fish per week in upper Helton with guide clients. Its great water and there's about 9 miles of it. Big Horse is another Ashe Co. stream, special reg water (Fly Only) with mostly wild browns and a few rainbows.

04-11-2006, 10:33 AM
Helton was a good little drive from Boone, and when we got there, my wife "had to go", and it was so open and so crowded that we had to make the run all the way back to that closest town. After that, i was too frustrated to drive all the way back. I guess I was just expecting too much. I was told the fishing was better as you went further north, but having the Nan(both dh and upper and lower sections) and the park as my homewaters( in nc anyway), I found the streams to be few and far between......but maybe it was just me. Everyone kept telling me I could just stop and fish the creeks in the folks' front yards, but I just didn't feel right...( although I did see soem nice rainbows rising( yes, rising) in someone's front yard! )

I wish I had had the chance to fish Helton instead of just looking at it! :) LOL

04-20-2006, 02:56 PM
How about trout streams around Brevard? I will be there in the middle of June. I know the French Broad River starts just west of the city. Appreciate any info.

Byron Begley
04-21-2006, 11:41 AM
The Davidson River is close to Brevard. A friend of mine owns a fly shop there. Davidson River Outfitters. His name is Kevin Howell. He has some private water leased (I think 3 miles) and he charges to fish there. But, the rates are much more reasonable than private water in other areas. There is also some public water on the Davidson and a trout hatchery.


04-23-2006, 04:07 PM
Thanks for the info. If I can "get away" from some meetings :-X, I'll look him up!!