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Old 12-05-2010, 02:20 PM
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Didn't see this anywhere else on the board, and figured I would put it up here. The way I understand it, on Dec 1st the flyfishing only trophy section yearly license increased from $25 to $75. My yearly license just expired recently, and I think I used it three times. It is a unique experience with the potential to catch some real bruisers. However, I think maybe the Reservation made too great of a change in their yearly license. Especially when you compare that to what a yearly NC trout license costs, and the quality DH and C&R water in the surrounding areas.

I think for 2011, I will save myself some money and buy an out of state NC license and make my way to the Davidson, Nantahala, Tuck, etc.

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Old 12-05-2010, 02:48 PM
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Agreed, I will fish elsewhere now. Not because I can't afford it, but I rather spend my money on other areas. It's just not worth the price increase, mainly because the section is too short.
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Old 12-05-2010, 05:21 PM
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I won't be spending that kind of money to fish there...I would rather catch wild fish in the Park and have the stream to myself than spend that much money to share the water with a bunch of other people. It was sorta worth it 3-4 times a year when the price was cheap but not now...
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:51 PM
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A friend told me about the trophy section. I was anticipating getting the wife there to tie into a real lunker. Family needs prevented it this past year. Now........I'm going to scratch it off the list and concentrate on my home water, the Hiwassee; also, the Tellico area and the park. The last year (11 years ago) we were in Cherokee, we were disappointed with the town. It seemed like everything went down the tube and the casino was the moneymaker.
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:46 PM
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Knothead,

Knowing your location there's no reason to travel far, unless you just need a different experience. Even then, I would go a different direction than Cherokee.
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:17 PM
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John,

I agree on Cherokee, it's really went downhill since they built the casino. Drove around town a few months ago when I stayed at Smokemont and the area has really went downhill in the last ten years. Never was my favorite area to begin with, I like Bryson City a lot more when I am visiting the NC side of the Smokies, less touristy, better food, etc. Big part of the reason why I never signed up for the Trophy Section, they get enough money from the casino IMO.

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Old 12-06-2010, 12:35 PM
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I managed to renew my license online just before the deadline. I used it this weekend and will probably use it one more time. It is a fun sort of novelty thing but I definately won't go back once I have to pay the increased cost. I much prefer wild water but for a winter getaway, it is a good change of pace. I also hit up a DH in NC as well and while the fish weren't as big, the numbers made up for it.
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Old 12-06-2010, 03:53 PM
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I heard about the increase that was too happen Dec 1st. I've never fished the trophy section, but did have it on my list of "to do" fishing spots. $75 just totally isn't worth it to me for a section of water that is supposed to be over fished and very short. My days on the water are too important to me and I'd rather fish a lot of other spots besides Cherokee.
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Old 12-06-2010, 05:11 PM
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Let me expand on my remark. I'll probably go back for the Cherokee heritage and culture, like the museum, the Oconoluftee village and the play. May fish the regular trout waters if I get the urge but scratch the trophy water!
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Old 12-06-2010, 07:36 PM
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John,

I have fished the regular sections in Cherokee and Bunches can be a hoot. It's really fun to hook in to a larger stocker in that small stream. They don't have anywhere to go but jumping straight up.
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