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    Had a great time Saturday on the river fished above Elliott Rock...slow for the day but all it took was 1 bite, 1 fish. Caught this one in a deep pool on a peach/orange streamer. Measured about 18" and was a great lookin fish. Enjoy!
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  • #2
    Fun fun. I've wanted to go up there and check it out - just didn't want to buy the NC license for just a day to do so.
    "To be is to do." - Aristotle
    "To do is to be." - Niche
    "Do do be de do be de do.." - Sinatra

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    • #3
      I know, $40 for the year...we bought one last week. But we figured it would give us great reason to try some new rivers and creeks in NC.

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      • #4
        Beautiful fish!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by scallen2112 View Post
          Fun fun. I've wanted to go up there and check it out - just didn't want to buy the NC license for just a day to do so.
          I would advise it. Plenty of close NC water to fish ,not to mention that everything is open yr round except for the month of March.
          If I ever think of something worthwhile it will be here !

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          • #6
            Nice fish, and way to hang in there with the streamers. It's the way to go in those parts this time of year, when one fish can make a day. The NC license is worth the money spent. I usually spend the summers in the smokies backpacking and fishing small streams. When it's 95 in Athens, and 85 in NC that $40 is priceless.
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            George Anderson and Jimbo Meador were my companions, men who never confuse angling with male bonding: fine dining and gentlemanly hours were out the window. - McGuane

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            • #7
              Great fish!

              Is the NC section of the river like the last mile or so of the GA section?

              -nate

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              • #8
                Originally posted by nfriday View Post
                Great fish!

                Is the NC section of the river like the last mile or so of the GA section?

                -nate
                Ellicot Rock is at the State line so if he was above it then he was in NC
                "Fly Fishing Is Not A Team Sport"----Tom McGuane

                The fisherman now is one who defies society, who rips lips, who drains the pool, who takes no prisoners, who is not to be confused with the sissy with the creel and bamboo rod. Granted, he releases what he catches, but in some cases, he strips the quarry of its perilous soul before tossing it back in the water. What was once a trout – cold, hard, spotted and beautiful – becomes “number seven.”
                Tom McGuane

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                • #9
                  Thanks zb but I was inquiring more about the structure of the river (width/depth/flow - etc). The river has such a different feel once you get up past the east fork and I didn't know if the NC stretch is a continuation of that. I should have been more specific.

                  I also was wondering where Ellicot rock was though - now I know.

                  Cheers,
                  Nate

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                  • #10
                    is there a North Carolina Trout Online forum or any resource like that available? I was at Unicoi Outfitters talking to Mr John the other day and he was talkin NC up pretty good!

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                    • #11
                      I bet they do have a forum. Access to the point we put in: after you pass Burrells Ford Road on the SC side on 107, keep driving and you will drive into NC and then take a left on Bullpen Gap road, bear left nd park at the bridge, fishing down south of the bridge there is no trail that we could find and it gets tight, there are some nice runs on the way but we didnt get any bites. We walked down about 150-200 yards and it became narrow and impassible, so we turned around and fished back to the bridge, the pool this guy came from is at the bridge, it is pretty deep and wide. Above the bridge there is a great trail that, its on the ridge for the most part so you have to find your way down to the river, but some great looking water, we didnt get a chance to go far. It was worth checking out...we only saw 1 other fisherman.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by nfriday View Post
                        Great fish!

                        Is the NC section of the river like the last mile or so of the GA section?

                        -nate
                        Up to about bull pen bridge it is quite similar. Past that the river changes a lot with a lot more cascades and narrow rocky areas and also some stretches of the meandering river we love. There is a trail that roughly follows the river most of the way to Grimshawes bridge. This area actually at certain times of the year is a wonder section to dry fly fish. Have caught a few up to 16" on dries upstream of bull pen .

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                        • #13
                          Excellent intel Voyageur - much appreciated.

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                          • #14
                            DecaturTrout,

                            NICE BROWN! Beautiful colors...something about the fish in the Tooga...none so rich...especially their Brook's
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by sowegafly View Post
                              is there a North Carolina Trout Online forum or any resource like that available? I was at Unicoi Outfitters talking to Mr John the other day and he was talkin NC up pretty good!
                              Mr. John can talk up anything for hours.
                              I will entertain a thought even while in dissagreement

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