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    Some of you have asked so I thought I'd put this here. I use this link to determine flow:

    http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydro...rob_type=stage

    http://www.duke-energy.com/lakes/nan...w-releases.asp

    This is what you'll see:



    In this example..the East Fork is not releasing any water. The West Fork came on at 0600 and will run till midnite. Both releases would reach the top of the DH (Hwy 107) in about 6 or 7 hours. So in the example above....the DH will not be affected until 1200 to 1300 hours give or take. Here's something new from Duke Energy regarding water flow:

    http://www.duke-energy.com/lakes/nan...w-releases.asp

    Once the water begins to rise...if you feel uneasy....drive to the lower DH and get another two hours or so of low water.

    Zero generation = easy wading

    West Fork only = easy wading and rubber raft floating with some dragging in riffles.

    East Fork only = cautious wading, rubber raft friendly, hard-bottom boats use caution.

    ***Please note--there is some confusion as to which flow ((East or West) is heaviest. It looks like the most recent FERC data indicates more water is released from the East Fork. Outdated fishing web pages state the opposite. Use good judgement and caution.

    East and West = wading possible but hazardous if you don't know the river, raft and driftboat Heaven.



    Remember that in days following heavy rains....allow for additional flow due to feeder streams between the powerhouses and the DH.

    For those of you that are internet challenged....you can call Duke Energy at :

    1 (800) 829-5253

    ...and follow the prompts.





    Boat Access (ramps)

    Locust Creek Access - Old Cullowhee Road just across Hwy 107 bridge (top of DH). Trailer parking, restrooms and concrete ramp.

    Mud Hole Access - mud and gravel access just downstream of Hwy 107 on South River Road (limited parking, no restrooms)

    Blankenship's Cabin (private) - at the confluence of the Tuck and Savannah Creek on Mockingbird Road. Look for the red cabin. Plenty of secure parking in Mr Blankenship's yard. I give him ten bucks each time I use his access. He keeps the gravel ramp in great shape.

    Dillsboro Access (Harris Access) - about 300 yards above the old dam site at North River Road and Yellowbird Branch Road. Trailer parking, restrooms and concrete ramp.



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    Food


    I'll add to the list as they come to me:

    Lower Tuck DH
    You'll be near Bryson City
    Nabor's Drive-In....an old fashioned car hop burger joint on the banks of the Tuck. The attraction here...you can actually wade across the DH to grab a slaw burger and fries....use the restroom...and continue fishing.

    1245 Main Street, Bryson City, NC

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...a.html?m=19904


    The Filling Station
    In the heart of BC.....always crowded at lunch....which we in law enforcement call a "clue". I like the Cuban sammich. #1 on Tripadvisor for BC restaurants.

    Nantahala DH
    River's End Restaurant and Big Wesser Barbeque....River's End is a good place to grab a sandwich or burger, or pizza after a day of fishing. I've never eaten at the Barbeque joint so can't offer an opinion. They are the only game in town if you don't feel like driving ten or fifteen minutes to BC.

    Upper Tuck (Dillsboro)

    The Coffee Shop in Sylva for breakfast with the locals. You can buy your DVD copy of "The Last One" here....which is the award-winning documentary about infamous moonshiner, Popcorn Sutton. Top that
    Cracker Barrel!

    Kosta's in Dillsboro for lunch or dinner. Huge menu ...I've never had a bad meal here and have visited too many times to count.

    The Haywood Smokehouse....established que joint that recently opened a restaurant in Dillsboro. I've yet to eat there but it comes highly recommended from Dino....the owner of Kostas. The parking lot is always full. Note-this is not the old Dillsboro Smokehouse although it's in the same building.

    Note-Ate there tonite! Very good service and food.


    Huddle House.....convenient to the river....and it's a Huddle House. What can I say? Many of the guides meet their clients here each morning.

    Jack the Dipper Ice Cream Shoppe....make this your dessert stop after dinner in Sylva. Try the freshly made cinnamon waffle cone with three scoops of Cappucino Crunch ice cream.

    Sazon's Mexican - Old Cullowhee Road near the WCU campus.

    Cherokee area (Raven's Fork and GSMNP streams)

    Eat at the Chef's Buffet in the casino at least once. Sunday afternoons feature all-you-can-eat crab legs.

    Paul's Restaurant

    Pancake House

    Newfound Lodge Restaurant (buffet)

    Granny's Buffet Restaurant....can you tell I like buffets?

    And if you have the SO with you and want nice dining....Brio in the casino is good.

    Not an all inclusive list...but places I frequent on a regular basis. Check the Googler to see if they are open.....some are seasonal.

    Bon apetit
    Last edited by Drifter; 12-02-15, 07:43 AM.
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    thanks Steve

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      That's a great picture of Chuck. He looks like he using the powers of the force to raise trout to the surface.

      The force is strong with that one.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Gatorbyte View Post
        That's a great picture of Chuck. He looks like he using the powers of the force to raise trout to the surface.



        The force is strong with that one.

        Thx Bret. This photo was taken between his morning and afternoon naps.


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        • #5
          Originally posted by jimbo View Post
          thanks Steve

          Yer welcome.


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          • #6
            Tuckasegee River DH Info

            Thanks Steve,



            Great info. I had it backwards. I thought the East Fork put more water in than the West Fork. Good to know. Amazing how much difference in the wading based on the release combos. Have you fished the DH at BC yet? By the way, those are some big fish in the pictures



            Dan

            You are correct Dan. Most recent FERC data indicates Duke Energy is releasing a heavier flow from Cedar Cliff / East Fork. Thx for catching that....Drifter
            Last edited by Drifter; 10-20-15, 10:01 AM.

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            • #7
              Thanks for the great intel. Same question - have you fished the Bryson City DH yet? I can understand why you wouldn't drive down there with great fishing at your doorstep. Also, do you have a feel for how East and West Fork releases affect water levels down there? Duke Power arrival times only go as far as Whittier, which is still a ways upstream of Bryon City.

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              • #8
                Tuckasegee River DH Info

                Looked at two other websites -http://www.brookingsonline.com/river-info/,http://, boatingbeta.com/releases/tuck, and both say the East has the larger release. I'm confused. Please help.


                You are correct Smokeydog.....Most recent FERC data indicates Duke Energy is releasing a heavier flow from Cedar Cliff / East Fork. Thx for catching that....Drifter
                Last edited by Drifter; 10-20-15, 10:01 AM.

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                • #9
                  Tuckasegee River DH Info

                  Originally posted by SmokeyDog View Post
                  Looked at two other websites -http://www.brookingsonline.com/river-info/,http://, boatingbeta.com/releases/tuck, and both say the East has the larger release. I'm confused. Please help.
                  Keep in mind the Tuck flows in a northerly direction in its upper reaches which may be causing confusion. Glenville Dam = West Fork and Cedar Cliff Dam = East Fork

                  Im getting mixed messages...on which flow is the heaviest. I'm doing some research....I thought the Glenville Dam had the higher output...and this article agrees that the West Fork is bigger:

                  http://www.flyfishingasheville.com/a...ckasegee-river

                  "... Drift boats are best suited to float with both generators going or maybe even just the West Fork (big generator) but if there is no generation or the East Fork only is generating it gets pretty rough on the bottom of a boat. Small rafts, pontoons, canoes, and kayaks can float all levels of generation. "

                  Found this from Global Energy Observatory....according to them the West Fork has the bigger generator and typically larger flow.


                  East Fork of the Tuck
                  Cedar Cliff Hydro Power Plant NC USA is located at Jackson County, NC, USA. Location coordinates are: Latitude= 35.2821, Longitude= -83.1382. This infrastructure is of TYPE Hydro Power Plant with a design capacity of 6.4 MWe. It has 1 unit(s). The first unit was commissioned in 1952. It is operated by Duke Energy .

                  West Fork of the Tuck
                  Thorpe Hydro Power Plant NC USA is located at Jackson County, NC, USA. Location coordinates are: Latitude= 35.2821, Longitude= -83.1382. This infrastructure is of TYPE Hydro Power Plant with a design capacity of 21.6 MWe. It has 1 unit(s). The first unit was commissioned in 1941. It is operated by Duke Energy .

                  Now to confuse things.....here's what FERC says:

                  http://www.ferc.gov/whats-new/comm-meet/2011/091511/H-1.pdf

                  Beginning in at least 2011.....East Fork = 26.175 megawatts

                  West Fork = 24.6 megawatts



                  So if we believe the Federales.....the East Fork typically releases the most water......however they release from the smaller West Fork during DH. If anyone finds anything more definitive......please let me know.
                  Last edited by Drifter; 10-20-15, 02:10 PM.
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                  • #10
                    I have not fished the BC DH yet. One of the local guides did a float trip down there last week.....he didn't post any fish porn on his Instagram feed....which is atypical for him....and may or may not indicate fishing was slow.


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                    • #11
                      Not sure if this means squat but the levels looked really good for wading this afternoon below the dh when I came through d-boro this afternoon.
                      If I ever think of something worthwhile it will be here !

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                      • #12
                        Returning angler

                        I haven't fished the Tuck DH since the year after they removed the Dillsboro dam and they had not begun to stock that section yet. I am going to get up there this week if the schedule continues to show only West branch releases so I hope I have interpreted the info correctly.

                        BTW, I am seriously apprceciative of the specific info provided above. I have been swept away more than once in the Tuck because the anticipated release didn't match the actual release but I do enjoy fishing that river. Thanks

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                        • #13
                          Potentially foolish question

                          Which Delayed Harvest section on the Tuck is the one that flows along River Road in Webster? Or is there only one?

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                          • #14
                            Vreesor....there is only one that I'm aware of.

                            Yaker....the scheduled release yesterday and today looked great for wading. This was in conflict to what I was seeing....the water was high and swift. I say that to say this.....don't count on Duke-Energy to adhere to their posted schedule.
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                            • #15
                              Tigers in the Tuck

                              NC is stocking nice size tiger trout in the Tuck. Caught a Few last week.
                              A cross between brooks and browns. One had the tiger on top with the spots of a brown mid section and the brooks fins.
                              Another was 100 tiger top to bottom Search for tiger trout on the web.

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