N. C. Coldwater Stocking By County

NC-Coldwater_Stocking_by_CountyNorth Carolina has  a web page where you can find out how many brook, brown or rainbow trout the N.C. Wildlife Resources  Commission (Link)  plans to stock this year in a specific county’s waters, select the county on the map on the web page .  You will then see a PDF document file that you will be instructed to download.  It will show the monthly stocking amounts for each type of fish by stream.  The PDF will also list if the stream is a Delayed Harvest stream and show the winter stocking amounts.  This a great resource to have before you make a road trip and end at a stream that does not have many trout in it.

All so listed below is Delayed Harvest streams in Tennessee

Hiwassee River:  October 1 through last day of February.  From the Appalachian Powerhouse downstream to L&N Railroad Bridge

Paint Creek:   October 1 through last day of February. From  Paint Creek Campground downstream to mouth at French Broad River.

Piney River:    November 1 through last day of February.  From the Cumberland Trail State Park downstream to Highway 27 Bridge.

Tellico River: October 1 through March 14.  From the mouth of Turkey Creek upstream to the mouth of North River.

Good Fishing and a safe trip.

Joe <((((<

September Meeting

P r e s i d e n t ’ s C o r n e r


Mike Bryant (mjbryant1954@hotmail.com)

After sitting in my truck for about an hour waiting out the downpour, Buzz and I put on our waders, grabbed our gear and headed towards the Clinch River. I am anxious to learn to fish the Clinch as well as other regional tailwaters. Buzz uses float tubes on this stretch of water that allowed us to reach sections that otherwise were too deep even when TVA wasn’t generating. I was surprised to still see some small sulfurs coming off the water and fish rising to them. But we nymphed fished most of the time in the remaining three hours we had available before the surge of water from the generator reached us and forced us off the water.

Buzz was a great guide. He put me onto some nice strong and feisty rainbows. I learned a lot from Buzz regarding where the fish lie in the shoals, what they eat and when, and some great accounts of really big fish in the river. Several 12-14” rainbows were brought to hand, with twice that number in hook-ups, including one really nice fish that I lost on the third jump. I was surprised at the strength and fight these fish have.  All-in-all, a great day to be out. About a week later I had the opportunity to return the favor by taking Buzz up to Lynn Camp Prong.

After the customary hike up, we finally put in the water. Though the water was cool enough, it was very low. Some of the typical runs and pools where I have caught brookies in the past were either too shallow or didn’t hold any water at all, causing us to cover a lot of water looking for fish. The morning started out okay with dry flies, though the fish we caught were on the smaller size. I tried nymphs throughout the day without much luck. I think we both caught the majority of our fish on dry flies. At the end of the day the surface of the water had a solid glare, so I decided to try a fly that I thought I would be able to see in the glare. The MkFrumpy is a modification I made from a fly originally designed by a guide out west for cutthroats. This thing has every trigger known to man, woman and fish – trailing shuck, red floss, yellow and tan foam, a hackled collar and of course rubber legs. I’m thinking about adding some fuzzy dice to the next version. But that fly drove the brookies crazy. If they missed it on the first attempt they would chase it down. I caught my big fish of the day on that MkFrumpy. You have to keep it interesting and fun! Another great day to be out!

In case you haven’t heard, we are sad to report that Ken Henderson passed away in August after dealing with health issues. Ken was one of the founding members of the Little River Chapter and volunteered countless hours to support the chapter, Park and youth education. Please read the article in the Newsletter for more information on Ken.

We had a full house at the August meeting! Many thanks to Alex Bell for his excellent presentation on the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail. Alex and folks have done a great job of communicating fishing opportunities in western North Carolina, highlighting fifteen different streams. Maybe we could arrange a chapter fishing trip to NC in the near future?

At the August meeting, we also awarded Steve Young with a beautiful Sage rod custom built by Steve Moore. Steve Young won the Eddy George award for 2014. He has been an outstanding volunteer and leader and we’re fortunate to have Steve as a member of our Chapter. Congratulations Steve!

One final note of business. The Little River Chapter Board of Directors has decided not to sponsor the Troutfest Banquet & Auction next year (2016). Key reasons that factored into our decision were the heavy resource demands needed to pull off the event and a belief that maintaining the same Troutfest format will become stale over time. The BOD is committed to continue fundraising efforts to support the GSMNP Fisheries Department and our education efforts (Steve Moore Youth Education Fund). We’ll share details on new fundraising  opportunities in the near future, but I wanted to share with our membership our decision regarding future Troutfests.

Be safe. I hope to see you at the September meeting.

Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Small Stream Success

Now that August is over and the Dog Days of Summer are gone.  It time to start thinking about heading out and fishing your favorite small trout stream.  Ian Rutter has several articles on the R and R fly fishing website.  One of my favorite is the  “Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Small Stream Success” link .






“The article first appeared in Fly Fishing & Tying Journal. The tips found in this article are especially critical to a fly fisher’s success catching trout in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. However, these methods will work on small streams anywhere”.

If Ian’s article does not get you itching to get out and fish. Tom Rosenbauer has three Article on the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center website.

Small Stream Fishing Part 1: How to Find a Stream of Your Own       Written by Tom Rosenbauer

Small Stream Fishing Part 2: Successful Flies for Small Streams        Written by Tom Rosenbauer

Small Stream Fishing Part 3: Smart Tactics for Small Streams            Written by Tom Rosenbauer

Hope you enjoy these articles and go fishing.

Joe   <(((<

August Meeting

President’s Corner
Mike Bryant (mjbryant1954@hotmail.com)


Out of the corner of my eye, I caught just the slightest movement in the water.  I froze and tried to focus into the water. The fish finally gave up its position when it rose to eat something on the surface.  I patiently waited and watched the trout slide over a couple of inches and eat again.  I slowly backed up and worked myself into position for a decent cast upstream.  The fly landed a couple of feet upstream of the fish and gently floated down the small run.  The trout adjusted, eat the fly and went nuts after feeling the bite of the hook.  A minute later I released a beautiful rainbow. The day had started slow with few takes or rises aimed at my CDC & Elk Caddis pattern.  But after about an hour in the stream I noticed some small mayflies coming of the water.  I switched to a #16 Parachute Adams and proceeded to have a great mid-day of dry fly fishing, mostly sight casting to rainbows and brookies in this high mountain stream.  It was a nice change after some rather slow fishing trips in the Park this summer. After the small hatch was over and the fish started to ignore the Adams, I switched to a #16 Perfect Ant pattern and continued to catch some beautiful brookies through the afternoon.  All in all, a great day to be out in the Park.

For those who couldn’t make the July outdoor meeting, you missed a good time. The weather was not cooperative in the afternoon, but nearly thirty folks from the Little River and the Great Smoky Mountain Chapters showed up. The weather cleared and I didn’t burn down any buildings cooking on the grill.

At the upcoming August meeting, you will have the opportunity to buy some fly tying materials and tools.  As we have reported, Ken Henderson is in a nursing care facility.  He was one of the founding members of the Little River Chapter, and an active and caring member. To help support  Ken financially, we will be selling and auctioning off his tying materials and tools at the August meeting.  This is your opportunity to pick up some materials and to help out a fellow member. All proceeds will be turned over to Ken.  Check out the list of items listed below.

Also at the August meeting, we will present the custom made Sage rod to Steve Young as the winner of the 2014 Eddie George Award. This custom rod was built by Steve Moore.

Plans to expand the Trout in the Classroom continue to move forward and we need your help.  Check out the article in the Newsletter and give some thought to volunteering your time to work with kids.  You won’t be disappointed.

Be safe. I’ll see you at the August meeting.

Ken Henderson Tying Materials

At the August Meeting we will be selling and auctioning off Ken Henderson’s fly tying materials and tools. The sale and auction will be from 6:00 – 7:00pm at Calhoun’s. Ken is now at a nursing care facility. Funds raised from this sale / auction will help with Ken’s expenses. The following is a list of items that I have sorted and organized:

  • Renzetti Traveler vise (silent auction)
  • Older Dyna-King vise (silent auction)
  • Bags of mixed fur
  • Bags of mixed feathers
  • Mixed rubber legs
  • Mixed chenille
  • Dubbing packs (hare / beaver)
  • Marabou (lots of white)
  • Mixed tools
  • Lead and lead-free wire
  • Thread (mostly greens/browns/greys/yellows/lots of black)
  • Krystal flash
  • Mixed yarn
  • Wire and vinyl ribbing
  • Rod building thread (Gudebrod)
  • Egg yarn
  • Roger Lowe’s Pattern Booklet
  • Hooks (mostly Mustad / some Diiachi – probably several thousand hooks)
  • CDC feathers
  • Biot feathers
  • Two large compartment boxes of dubbing (fine synthetic and hair dubbing)
  • Assortment of plastic drawer units (several sizes)

Steve Moore is selling Ken’s rod building materials. If you have an interest, please contact Steve before, during or after the meeting. At the September meeting, we intend to sell or auction off Ken’s rods and reels.

Cash is preferable, no credit cards please. This is your opportunity to pick up some materials and help a fellow member in need.