[I have removed the name of this stream to protect it from individuals who may not practice catch and release.]
Last weekend I fished the **** in North Carolina. I got an early start, the Smokey Mountains are very beautiful in the morning. It is easy to see how they got their name. The **** runs through an area known as the *****. This sign explains the origin of it's name.
The **** has 2 sets of falls, the **** falls and the **** falls. The wild brookies inhabit the waters above the **** falls.I hiked to the top of the **** falls (about 2.5 kilometers). The stream and trail go through a beautiful meadow filled with wild blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. This makes it a very popular tourist stop, so you need to go early if you want to fish.
The wild blueberries were not quite ripe yet, maybe 3 more weeks.
A view of the **** falls.
A typical pool where brookies like to live.
I caught 10 brookies for the day and I probably missed twice that many. They are VERY fast and the hook must be set firmly and quickly.
The brookie is considered by many to be the most beautiful of all North American trout. I have to say I agree. Although the native brookies only grow to about 7 or 8 inches in length, they are a lot of fun to catch. I will definitely be returning to the **** again.