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Old 02-21-18, 08:29 PM   #1
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Default Nantahala River trip

I'll be going to the Nantahala in about two weeks. A neighbor wants to take me. He goes up there fairly often.

Any experiences up there? Any recommended flies? Anything I should know in general?

The neighbor I'll be going with will probably fill me in, but I guess it doesn't hurt to ask early. Wanna do a little research.
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Old 02-21-18, 08:46 PM   #2
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First thing - there are two Nantahalas, the lower and the upper. The upper is above the discharge from Lake Nantahala and is where the Delayed Harvest is located. You are probably going there. As it is a DH with some fresh new residents (probably) squirmies, eggs, boogers will all work. Some of the fish have been in there for months so naturals will get attention as well. Keep it simple and you will be fine.

The lower is a fabulous stretch with some huge browns and some of the prettiest wild rainbows you will find. When they are releasing water it is very difficult to wade and limits your fishing. Everything that works up top will work below.
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Old 02-21-18, 10:38 PM   #3
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I believe i'll be somewhere below the dam. No idea how far down. I looked at the NC stocking page and it seems they'll be stocking a few thousand trout just before I go, below white oak creak.

I'm fairly excited. But worried. I've only caught one fish on the fly.
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Old 02-21-18, 10:45 PM   #4
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I think you're about to break that record.
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Old 02-23-18, 01:21 PM   #5
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http://www.perfectflystore.com/wnantahalariver.html

also use the search on this board. tons of posts. Youtube has several videos.

And google maps has street view for Wayah Rd.

https://www.google.com/maps/@35.2577...4!9m2!1b1!2i48

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Old 02-23-18, 03:18 PM   #6
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That's a very informative link, thanks!

My neighbor says we'll be there around 9 am to 2 pm ish. Personally I'd stay all day but I don't have a family I have to take care of, so I can't blame him

Hopefully I enjoy it enough to come back by myself some other time.
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Old 02-23-18, 05:16 PM   #7
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I love the nanty, but prefer the upper headwaters. But I understand the whole place is awesome!
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Old 02-24-18, 05:04 PM   #8
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Question to those of you who have fished the Nantahala.

I saw that a non-resident 10 day pass is $18. Non-resident yearly is $36. Not bad.

Now I was wondering about the special trout license. The description reads "Needed to fish in Public Mountain Trout Waters. Includes trout fishing on game lands."

Is the Nantahala considered mountain trout waters? Is it considered game lands?
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Old 02-24-18, 06:37 PM   #9
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Yes you will need both. You would be better off just getting an annual license.
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Old 02-24-18, 10:09 PM   #10
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A steep price for a one day fishing trip, but a decent deal if I can make it a few times a year. I'm hoping my neighbor will ask me to tag along a few times.

Thanks for the help.
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