Welcome to the Pisgah area. Located near flat meandering river valleys, rugged vertical terrain, and mid-atlantic latitudes it offers numerous fishing opportunities squeezed into a small geographic area.
The Davidson RIver
Loved and hated by many the Davidson is a category unto itself. Known as one of the most technical stretches of water in the South East, and for that matter probably anywhere, it will test the skills, patience, and temper of any angler who steps into its glassy slicks and twisted riffles. It is also home to some major trout and a perfect environment for anglers who love the challenge of educated and persnickety fish.
Delayed Harvest Trout waters
Great for anglers new to the sport or for a day of laid back, turn your brain off, fishing. These waters are stocked by the state and are catch and release from October to June. The fish tend to be less picky and more cooperative. These waters are great for trying new skills or for learning the basics. They offer plenty of spots to try different techniques with a much greater chance to put a fish in the net. Crowds can become an issue on weekends during the height of the season.
The true gem of Pisgah. These are wild fish in wild places. Some streams can be accessed via a dirt forest service road while others require a short or significant hike. The fish here tend to be smaller and much more spooky, with stealth and presentation being of utmost importance. The scenery is what you imagined when some one said the words "trout stream." A day wading up a small stream catching wild fish on a dry-dropper rig is a day that leaves you with heavy legs and a light heart.
A voracious predator. Hailed many times over in fishing publications, presentations, and bloviations as "the hardest fighting fish in freshwater". Thats a subjective observation but they do pull, and then pull some more, then they pull again. They'll give a 6wt fly rod all it can handle.