North Carolina has a fine trout fishery even if not known for large fish. NC contains more streams capable of supporting brook, brown and rainbow trout than any other state in the southeast.

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North Carolina has a fine trout fishery even if not known for large fish. NC contains more streams capable of supporting brook, brown and rainbow trout than any other state in the southeast. It has roughly 4,000 miles of trout water with approximately half being public water. All of these streams are located in the 25 western-most counties. These counties are higher elevation and maintain stream temperatures cool enough to support mountain trout. There are three major species of trout in North Carolina: Brook, Brown, and Rainbow. Each should be fishing a little differently.

Many of the state's trout waters are found in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are many, nearly pristine waters in these public lands for those willing to undertake an adventure. There are also some more accessible land at lower altitudes with very good fishing. There are also plenty of good trout holes outside of these areas.

North Carolina has a very progressive and well managed stocked trout program (click to the -seasons/stocking). The High Country Outdoors Guide Service has a very nice map showing trout streams so I will not try to reproduce it here. Two areas of distinction to central and eastern NC folks are (others will be added as we visit them):

South Mountains State Park made notable because it is the closest stream to Charlotte. These streams can be very busy during the weekend although Friday is nearly ideal.
Stone Mountain State Park made notable because it is the close to several metro areas. This is a very good resource.



Stream Maps
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Good detailed stream maps by state and area.
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Laminated Maps
Good detailed stream maps by state and area. This is the better value as you can write on them and erase with a dry erase marker.
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Great maps. Each 11x17 inch, waterproof map is jammed with good fishing info in a well managed format. The map is one of the best I have seen with good graphics plus enough info to faciliatate a productive fishing trip. There is a thorough write-up on the waters. Map has good local info including hotels, guides, eateries, fly shops, etc. Also, there are Wildlife and Park numbers and locations. Included is a well produced and accurate hatch chart.
CS Gibbs River Maps
Davidson River - Brevard, NC
The Davidson River is a freestone stream flowing out of the lush Pisgah National Forest. It is consistently rated as a top 100 trout stream by Trout Unlimited and much of its length is catch and release only fishing. Our full color, waterproof map and fly fishing guide measures 11" x 17" and has all the info you need to get on the water, including hatch charts, recommended flies, access points, parking locations, and local information.
$9.95
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Natanhala River - Wesser, NC
The Nantahala River is a beautiful tailwater fishery in far western NC and has been rated as a top 100 Tout stream by Trout Unlimited. Our full color, waterproof map and fly fishing guide measures 11" x 17" and has all the info you need to get on the water, including hatch charts, recommended flies, and local info.
$9.95
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Tuskasegee River - Dillsboro, NC
The Tuckasegee Tailwater is a wide open river with quality trout habitat and includes a popular Delayed Harvest Section. The lower portion of the river, from Dillsboro to Bryson City provides great smallmouth bass fishing. Our full color, waterproof map and fly fishing guide measures 11" x 17" and shows the river from the dam to Bryson City, NC and has all the info you need to get on the water, including hatch charts, recommended flies, access points, parking locations, and local info.
$9.95
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Helton Creek - Ashe County, NC
Helton Creek is a small to medium sized freestone stream in northern NC. The river is home to the longest stretch of Delayed Harvest water in the State at 8.5 miles and receives annual stockings of over 20,000 trout. Our waterproof 11"x17" map features fly selections, a hatch chart and local info as well as portions of the New River and information about that destination as well.
$9.95
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Oconaluftee River - Cherokee, NC
The Oconaluftee River and Raven Fork flow through Smoky Mountain National Park and the Cherokee Indian Reservation. The waters in the park offer excellent fishing for wild trout and the tribal waters offer excellent fishing for stocked trout nearly 360,000 per year are stocked. There is also a new catch and release, fly fishing only section. Our Waterproof map is 11" x 17" and has all the info you need to get there and get hooked up.
$9.95
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South Toe River - Burnsville, NC
The South Toe River is a medium sized, freestone river providing many trout fishing opportunities in its watershed. The South Toe features a Catch and Release, Fly Fishing Only Section as well as hatchery supported and wild tout water. Our full color, waterproof map measures 11" x 17" and shows the river from its headwaters to its confluence with the N. Toe. It has all the info you need to get on the water, including hatch charts, recommended flies, access points and local info.
$9.95
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Upper North Toe River - Spruce Pine, NC
The Upper North Toe River is a medium sized, freestone river providing many trout fishing opportunities in its watershed. Our full color, waterproof map and fly fishing guide measures 11" x 17" and shows the river from its headwaters to the town of Spruce Pine and includes the Delayed Harvest Section. It has all the info you need to get on the water, including hatch charts, recommended flies, access points and local info.
$9.95
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Lower North Toe River - Spruce Pine, NC
The Lower North Toe River is a top shelf smallmouth bass fishery and a fantastic river to float in either a canoe, drift boat, or personal watercraft. Our full color, waterproof map and fly fishing guide measures 11" x 17" and shows the river from Spruce Pine to the confluence with the South Toe where the river becomes the Nolichucky and has all the info you need to get on the water, including hatch charts, recommended flies, access points, put-in / take-outs, float times, parking locations, and local information.
$9.95
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French Broad River - Asheville, NC
This river map and fly fishing guide shows approximately 30 miles of The French Broad River as it flows through Asheville, NC as well as important tributaries. This stretch of The French Broad offers prime smallmouth bass fishing and canoeing. Our waterproof map and fly fishing guide measures 11" x 17" and includes recommended flies, access points, put-in / take-outs, float times, parking locations, and local information.
$9.95
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Upper French Broad River - Asheville, NC
The Upper French Broad River is a convergence of the four branches and a transition from tumbling mountain streams to medium sized river. Our full color, waterproof map and fly fishing guide measures 11" x 17 " and shows all four branches from their headwaters to their convergence, and approx 27 miles of The French Broad. It has all the info you need to get on the water, including hatch charts, recommended flies, access points, put-in / take-out points, float times, parking locations, and local information.
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Mills River - Mills River, NC
The Mills River map consists of both the North and South Forks and the Mills River proper to its convergence with the French Broad. The North Fork is a heavily stocked stream and is managed as Delayed Harvest, while the South Fork is one of the state's largest wild trout rivers. Our full color, waterproof map and fly fishing guide measures 11" x 17" and has all the info you need to get on the water, including hatch charts, recommended flies, access points, trail heads, parking locations, and local information.
$9.95
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Wilson Creek - Edgemont, NC
Wilson Creek is a freestone stream flowing out of the Wilson Creek Wilderness Area. It was recently named a Wild and Scenic River and beginning in Oct 2009, will become one of the most heavily stocked trout streams in the state with the opening of the new Delayed Harvest Section. Our full color, waterproof map and fly fishing guide measures 11" x 17" and has all the info you need to get on the water, including hatch charts, recommended flies, and local info.
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DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer
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You'll always have exactly the right kind of map with the uniquely versatile DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer. These indispensable atlases cover individual states with unequaled detail, including back roads, land contours, lakes and streams, boat ramps, forests, wetlands, trailheads, campgrounds, public lands, hunting and fishing spots, and much more.
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NC Wildlife
Trout Fishing Map Book (The updated version)
This book contains maps of the trout waters open to public fishing which are color-coded according to the signs posted on the streams. These maps also detail the trout regulations in effect and show the location of game lands, state parks and fishing rules in effect on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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Kingfisher Maps
W. Kerr Scott Lake, NC
W. Kerr Scott Reservior 24"x36" One-sided. Scale 1:16.000 Waterproof and Tear Resistant w/ 10ft Contour Intervals! W. Kerr Scott Reservoir is located in the heart of the beautiful Yadkin River Valley, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Moravian and Cascade Falls are in the immediate vicinity and the Blue Ridge Parkway is 28 miles away. This reservoir offers extensive opportunities for outdoor recreation activities. This area has many historical and cultural attractions. Facilities include: Scenic driving tours, mountain biking, boating, camping, education programs, fishing, hiking, picnicking, hunting, water sports, winter sports and wildlife viewing.
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Kingfisher Maps
Fontana Lake, NC
Fontana Lake 23"x35" One-sided. Scale 1:31,000 Waterproof and Tear Resistant! GPS Compatible, Mairina Listings, Lake Structure, Road Network and More. Fontana Lake could be called the best-kept secret in the Smoky Mountains. Just consider a 29-mile long lake, with more than 240 miles of shoreline and 11,685 acres of water surface. Its deep, cold waters provide ideal habitat for a variety of fish. In fact, record size musky and walleye have been pulled from its depths. Some people even claim that it's one of the best smallmouth bass lakes in the country.
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Good North Carolina fishing and other links -- Other NC Links
Good North Carolina Fly Fishing SiteA guide 2 North Carolina - A comprehensive travel/ info. site for the state of North Carolina.
Good North Carolina Fly Fishing SiteMore North Carolina Links - Fishing and hunting links
Good North Carolina Fly Fishing SiteFly Fish North Carolina - providing fly fishermen with hatch patterns, stream lists, NC fishing regulations, licensing requirements, and other useful information April 20, 2009
Good North Carolina Fly Fishing SiteAsheville Fishing Guides - Enjoy a day of river fishing for trout, musky, and more with Captain Travis Honeycutt and our other top Asheville Anglers fishing guides.
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