Re: Linville River
This is an interesting topic for me. I too was looking into a trip in there after reading about some fantastic fishing down in there and talking to several older gentleman tell tales of fishing there. After talking to some more people, however, it became clear that something has seemed to have changed that part of the river. It seems that it has become less of a trout habitat over the years, with silting and a rise in water temperature taking place. It has become noted as a smallmouth fishery nowadays, with a very few number of trout, those few that can survive the conditions, being found in there.
Now all this is stuff that i have heard, as i haven't been there personally. It seems a pretty popular consensus, though, that from the people that have been there recently, it's really not good trout water. Just try and research it even more and see if you can find anyone that has been there recently. Hope this helps and if you have any more questions just ask. Have a great day.