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gg1262 04-17-2008 09:38 AM

Trip Planning...
Just realized yesterday that the first weekend in May is going to be here in a couple of weeks. As such, I need to get a plan in place. Cabin is secured, one buddy is in, another is still on the fence. Okay, time to make a plan of attack. We are staying in Townsend (BTW....if any of you see a fire at cabin number 7 at Little River Campgrounds....that's the one right on the bank of the Little....May 1 - 3, that's me and my buds. Stop in and say hey). So, I'm sure we hit some pools on the Little Thursday. Abram's on Friday (before the crowds). Now, here is the thing: I was giving some thought to trying a NC stream on Saturday. Any recommendations? I obviously would prefer one that is fairly easy to get to, or at least as easy as it can be from Townsend. I've never fished the NC side so I am curious. I've heard there are better fish, but there are always better fish where you aren't. Of course, with gas where it is I may not be able to afford to drive over to NC :frown: . On a side note, that is playing a major factor in trip plans this year. Never thought I'd see the day. Anyway, if someone could chime in on the merits of driving over to NC I would really appreciate it.

Hopefully I can get some pics of the trip and post. I still am not clear on how everyone does that.

BlueRaiderFan 04-17-2008 04:02 PM

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Waterborn 04-17-2008 05:00 PM

Greg, if you're in Townsend, there's more than enough water to occupy your time woth all the Prongs of the Little River and with Abrams within reach...though an easy stretch for NC is to head over the main drag of hiway 441 to NC and fish the Oconaluftee river which is all NC down the road and is easy access with a couple of nice streams that empty into it that can give you a little solitude with a small walk upstream, great fishing either way and the only issue may be traffic to and from...

ijsouth 04-17-2008 07:13 PM

Every time the subject of a N.C. stream comes up, I have to make the same recommendation - Straight Fork. It is such a versitile stream, in the sense that it has a little of everything, including all three species in abundance. It has excellent road access for several miles, and I find it to be fairly easy to fish. Now, it does involve a bit of driving; you have to get on Big Cove Road in the Cherokee Reservation and go through the reservation for several miles until you reach the park boundary. Once there, you have about 6 miles of stream right along the road.

sammcdonald 04-17-2008 07:46 PM

and as soon a you enter straightfork, park, walk up the steep bank....cemetery.....another up an obscure manway about a mile in....
lil history for ya

Speckleman5 04-17-2008 07:56 PM

straight fork
and absolutely no fish whatsoever...none

sammcdonald 04-17-2008 08:52 PM

nope, but history of the area. that's really an important part of appreciating the park and all you get free

Barbara 04-18-2008 09:18 AM


Your posts on park history are so interesting. I wish you would write a book!

buzzmcmanus 04-18-2008 11:15 AM


Originally Posted by Barbara (Post 51452)

Your posts on park history are so interesting. I wish you would write a book!

I was thinking earlier that it is nice to have Sam around due to the knowledge of the Park that he brings to this site. Looks like I'm not the only one that values his posts.

BlueRaiderFan 04-18-2008 01:30 PM


Originally Posted by sammcdonald (Post 51431)
and as soon a you enter straightfork, park, walk up the steep bank....cemetery.....another up an obscure manway about a mile in....
lil history for ya

I'm not following what you are saying. Go up a bank to a cemetery and then what?

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