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    Fly rod found at Hazel Creek

    I visited Hazel Creek several afternoons this week for a few hours of fishing in the lower reaches. On one trip, I noticed a piece of PVC pipe nestled in the rocks where the boats moor, just where...
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    Beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing!

    Beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing!
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    We stayed in 3 different places on Andros. We...

    We stayed in 3 different places on Andros. We rent a room, generally with a meal package and book a guide independently, usually for half days. It's hot in summer and the fish leave the flats after...
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    Bonefish and Brook Trout

    How many times in your life have you caught a bonefish and southern appalachian brook trout in the same week? In my 50 years, that would be once. Last week.

    When the local weather gets hot and...
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    John: Toxaway is private. Fairfield and...

    John:

    Toxaway is private. Fairfield and Sapphire are resort lakes and require possession of an amenity card to use. Glenville has public access and has bream and bass. It's also a water ski...
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    John: I had a house for many years in this...

    John:

    I had a house for many years in this area, but I hesitated to respond because no great suggestions for you came to mind. In August, things are getting tough for fly fishing mountain streams....
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    I'll try and give a thoughtful answer. The easy...

    I'll try and give a thoughtful answer. The easy reply would be to go a size or two smaller with the dropper. Size 16 or 18 nymph for a 14 dry.

    However, I'll make the argument, at least for the...
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    Last spring fishing report?

    I've been watching with dread as water levels have fallen and Byron's "fishing speedometer" has gone from "excellent" towards "slow". I fish the NC side of the park, and the water levels have...
  9. I agree with your strategy. It was probably also...

    I agree with your strategy. It was probably also a good idea to feed the big neighbor. It might have spared you a midnight hatchet chop. I passed him on the bridge and he scared me! Better luck...
  10. We were the pair. I could tell you two were...

    We were the pair. I could tell you two were serious fishermen from your dress and gear. The ten inch rainbows you caught were excellent for that stretch of water.

    Last weekend, I found a lost...
  11. I fished 2 miles above you Saturday morning and...

    I fished 2 miles above you Saturday morning and may have seen you pitching camp as we walked out. On our way out, we saw the other anglers in the water just above your camp. I fished upstream again...
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    Proud of my daughter!

    I became a single dad in 2000 with a ten year old daughter and 7 year old son under my roof. I'd take them with me fly fishing on weekends because I couldn't leave them at home. At first, they didn't...
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    My post here several years ago showed a...

    My post here several years ago showed a hellbender eating a trout that I had just caught and released. The literature suggests that hellbenders don't often feed on trout, but I witnessed otherwise.
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  14. July 17 Fearnofishbob reported on it right here,...

    July 17 Fearnofishbob reported on it right here, and he warned about fishing Cherokee, but no one followed up since, probably because it's slow fishing season with hot weather.

    I think those of...
  15. The Cherokee tribal fishery is heavily dependent...

    The Cherokee tribal fishery is heavily dependent on frequent stocking, and the tribal hatchery was badly damaged and put out of commission by a flash flood that occurred in mid-July. They lost all...
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    Mr. Kirk: Like many others who posted, I...

    Mr. Kirk:

    Like many others who posted, I poured over your book as I started my forays into the park, which I have now been doing for over a decade.

    One thing that piqued my curiosity, and has...
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    The phone number I have for Park Ranger...

    The phone number I have for Park Ranger enforcement is 865 436-1230. For a NC game warden call 800 662-7137.
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    I'll defer to Mr. Casada on any issue of place...

    I'll defer to Mr. Casada on any issue of place names in the park or Hazel Creek Valley. I got the name Calico Street from the park service map showing the town of Proctor that's posted right at the...
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    Hazel Creek Report

    I've just returned from a week's working near Fontana Village. On most evenings over the past week, I've been able to slip over and spend an hour or two at Hazel, poking around on the lower mile of...
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    Jim. Based on your discussion with the NC...

    Jim. Based on your discussion with the NC warden, what you are saying is that if we witness a fishing violation in the park we need to call the respective state's wildlife division for enforcement,...
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    My experience in being checked is very similar to...

    My experience in being checked is very similar to Jim's, once in 20 years, and that on a delayed harvest stream outside the park. I've never seen a ranger in the backcountry, except for the staff...
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    bait fishermen on a park stream

    I'm not trout fishing much this time of year, but we had a big rain Saturday afternoon, so on Sunday morning I decided to pay a quick visit to Forney Creek and see if any trout noses were pointing...
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    Perhaps the thing that should have tipped us off...

    Perhaps the thing that should have tipped us off about the Spine of Time being purely fictional was his claim that each time he visited Hazel Creek he was the only fisherman on the river. Now that's...
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    I caught a football too!

    Last night a friend invited me by his pond for some fly fishing. He has some large catfish and carp that he had seen cruising the bank in front of his home. I took my 8 weight rod that I had recently...
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    Of course, you are talking about July, with hot...

    Of course, you are talking about July, with hot weather and low water. This is not the best time for fishing, but it's a great time for camping and exploring.

    The lower section of Forney is only...
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