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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Asheville, NC Fly Fishing: Trout and the Drought


Asheville is a hot bed of outdoor pursuits, including fishing. North Carolina however, is in the midst of a drought as are many areas of the country this summer. For most people, this is something that is noticed only in the garden, when plants might become distressed.

Gardening in a drought was covered here in an earlier blog posting. We also covered dry weather and how it relates to visitors and their white water rafting trips in North Carolina. This was hopefully useful information for the more than 500,000 people who enjoy Western NC rafting trips each year.

Today, we turn our attention to another significant area of economic impact in the mountains, fly fishing, the intelligentsia of fishermen it is said. The intention here is to provide a small resource on information and etiquette, as well as, special considerations during times of dry weather. Trout become distressed in low water with rising temperatures and declining oxygen levels.

Please use the outbound links, be responsible, and have fun.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission: All that governs sports in the outdoors, including licenses and regulations.

From USGS: Real time water levels for most, if not all, popular trout streams in North Carolina on the USGS system. Essential information before deciding where you would like to fish.

NC Chapter of Trout Unlimited: As far as I know, the closest group there is to a national trout ombudsman.

From The Wild Trout Streams Website: Collection of NC based links, including state parks and campgrounds.

From The USFS: Main page of The US Forest Service for all matters related to fishing. Much of Western North Carolina is National Forest, and many prime stretches are inside National Forest Service lands.

General River Etiquette: From Wild Trout Streams, the basics of courtesy and legality.

More Etiquette: Pretty good detail, but an easy read for general manners on trout waters.

Trout Fishing in Drought Conditions: I looked high and low for some "official" drought etiquette in North Carolina, but was unsuccessful. This set of guidelines is from the Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana for behavior in dry weather, and seemed appropriate.

Some recent and significant regional news on trout and the drought:
Asheville Citizen Times: Drought report, July 7, 2007.

From the State of Georgia: Concerns and changes in stocking trout streams because of low water and rising stream temperatures.

Dated June 17, 2007: Private trophy fishing club closes its waters. The plan is to remain that way until fall.

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