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Shaggy 08-23-2011 11:53 AM

North River
Fished North River this weekend. I try to make it up there at least 2-3 times a year. I did very well despite the low water catching around 6-8 nice bows and a few brookies in just under an hour. I fished a nice stretch of likely water. I was hoping, as always, for a brown trout. I have never cought a brown trout on the North River. I have caught a few on Tellico over the years but they are very rare. Has anyone ever had any luck with brown trout on the North or Bald rivers lately?

Grannyknot 08-23-2011 12:16 PM

I caught a very small one on the bald this past spring. Caught a decent (12") brown on the North last November, but I'm not positive it wasn't a Tellico stocker that had come upstream. I was close to the campground.

I love fishing those 2 rivers, but every time I go, I see worm containers on the banks, and am catching fewer and fewer fish every year.

Shaggy 08-23-2011 03:08 PM

If you caught a brown it was no stocker. My understanding is that browns have not been stocked on these rivers in over 50 years. I am jealous as I have been looking for that 12" brown you caught for years now! I would love nothing more than to get a slam there. I know where the rainbows are, I know where the brookies are, I just never can find the browns.

No Hackle 08-23-2011 03:22 PM

I was lucky enough to catch one about twenty-two inch brown earlier this year. I think it was in feb. Caught it in the campground on the North. Fish weren't really active that day. Like I said, lucky.

JoelO 08-23-2011 04:03 PM

The last brown I caught on the North was taken on a hairs ear nymph just before dark. We usually pick up a brown or 2 on the Bald near the Holly Flats campground...we like to throw EHC and Stimulators up there.

Stonefly 08-25-2011 07:46 AM

My best brown on the North was 14" but that was years ago - maybe late 80's.

I'm pretty sure I remember Bux catching one much larger, low down near the Tellico


tennswede 09-13-2011 09:18 PM

13" Brown Labor Day 2009. Yellow stimulator, overcast day around 6 pm. I remember it very well, since I took a nasty fall and was stopped by the Forest service in a drunk driving checkpoint at Bald River Falls going home. I was hurting so bad that I was barely able to answer the questions from the officers. I swear they thought something was really "fishy".

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