Thursday, November 29, 2007

Wild views from the Parkway

This is a nice view of Looking Glass Rock from the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Brevard. It is also near a lot of little streams full of wild trout and is not much of a drive to some other rivers that have stocked trout and special regulations, like Delayed Harvest and Catch and Release at the North Mills River and the Davidson River.
Recent rains have helped the low-water situation, but we are still far behind what it should be. You can still cross most of these little creeks without getting the tops of your socks wet, but the water is now getting too cold for wet wading, and I reluctantly took out the old waders last week for some fun on the North Fork of the French Broad and some secret places. I hooked a nice rainbow with a BWO dry but lost him after a brief battle during a steady afternoon drizzle that finally chased me under the bridge.
Did better on the little water, still with a dry fly. Caught some pretty rainbows that were lit up like holiday decorations but nothing of any size. Perhaps this week?

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