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Old 10-27-2008, 08:41 AM
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Talking Cherokee Trophy Section

Just a note here on the a trip a buddy and I made last weekend (Oct 19-20) to Cherokee. Although usually a Little River devotee, I decided to look upon "foreign" waters for this outing since my friend had made the trip from Oahu and was a deepwater salt guy. After taking a dissapointing look at the trickle of Pigeon river above Chimney Tops and fighting leaf traffic for hours, we made our way to Cherokee (at Ken Lea's suggestion, I might add). By dumb luck, we happened upon the opening weekend of the "Trophy" section of Oconoluftee. This is a 2 -1/2 mile, hand-tied artificial, catch & release section of the Oconoluftee that is stocked heavily. It requires an aditional $20 annual permit over and above the $7 daily tribal permit. We watched the evenutal winning team (from Davidson River Outfitters) perform Sunday in the Rumble in the Rododendron fishing tournament (they won by catching 112 fish during two, three-hour sessions) before finding a spot to drop in ourselves. Although water was low, the fishing was great. We caught about 30 Bows, Brooks and Browns fishing that evening and the next morning. It was a good trip and I recommend giving it a try. Make sure to get the permits, because they ARE checking. That weekend, not all places had the special permits, so you might have to look around. Big Don's, an outfitter there on the river, was well supplied. If you want a few laughs, you can check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1z6inPdsP8

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Old 10-27-2008, 09:16 AM
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Glad ya'll had a good trip. I talked to a guy that said the Tribe stocked a bunch of nice fish, with 400+ that exceed 25" Looks like you might have found one of those from the looks of that video.
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Old 10-27-2008, 03:57 PM
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Default Oconaluftee Trophy Section

I didn't know anything about a trophy section. Looks like you need a bigger net for the return trip!
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Old 10-27-2008, 04:04 PM
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So is that another delayed harvest situation, or is that a permanent trophy section?
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:05 PM
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John,

It's a permanent catch & release - open year round.

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Old 10-28-2008, 10:04 AM
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That's my kind of fishing! Where was this at, exactly?
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Old 10-28-2008, 05:13 PM
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Cherokee, NC Worrgamesguy. That is good news. I haven't fished in Cherokee in many years, I will have to get over to try the trophy section though!
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Do you need a NC license to fish on reservation waters? Or does the daily tribal permit and the annual permit cover you?

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That's my kind of fishing! Where was this at, exactly?
Access the trophy section from Big Cove Rd. It begins where the Parkway bridge crosses the road and extends 2-1/2 miles from that point (upstream)

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Old 10-28-2008, 05:54 PM
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My buddy and I only took 7th in the tourney but will be back for certain just to fish what a blast it was.
That whole you were in took a whole truck load of fish.
They were stacked in there like sardines.
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