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There are 500 miles of fishable trout waters within a one hour drive of Brevard. No wonder avid anglers come from every point on the compass to test their skills here. Generally, trout fishing in Transylvania County is best from mid-September through late July. August can be good depending on water conditions.
The Adventurist sought out Kevin Howell, past National Fly Fishing Masters Champion and lifelong resident of Transylvania County, to offer some tips on the best places to test your fly fishing prowess. Having held a rod in his hand since he was old enough to walk, Kevin knows most of the fish on a first name basis.
To fly fish in North Carolina, you will need a North Carolina State Fishing license and a Trout Stamp. Both can be purchased here. For more detailed advice, instruction and gear, The Adventurist recommends you check out Headwaters Outfitters and Davidson River Outfitters.
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“For someone just starting out, I would recommend heading over to the East Fork of the French Broad just outside of Rosman or to the Little River in DuPont State Recreational Forest. Both of these are delayed harvest streams. From October to June, the state of North Carolina stocks these waters, so if you can get a good drift, you’re gonna catch a fish. Both streams are catch and release, artificial lure only.”
Directions to East Fork: From downtown Brevard, go 7.8 miles on US-64 West and take a left on US-178 South/Pickens Highway. Go approximately 2 miles, then take a left on East Fork Road. After less than a mile, the road and the stream will converge and run roughly parallel for several miles, with several pull-offs along the way. A prime spot to look for is a small waterfall where Grady Creek comes in.
Directions to the Little River: From downtown Brevard, go south 10.9 miles on US-276. Turn left on Cascade Lake Road and go 2.5 miles. Turn right on Staton Road at the DuPont State Recreational Forest sign. The road descends to a bridge that crosses the Little River. The Hooker Falls parking lot is on the left just after the bridge. From the parking lot, take a walking trail downstream to the top of Hooker Falls. You can also try your luck upstream on the Little River by crossing the road and taking the trail that parallels the river.
“For someone who’s developed their skills, I would recommend the wild streams of Looking Glass Creek, Avery’s Creek, and the South Fork of the Mills River. All three require artificial lures, single hook only.
“Looking Glass Creek, part of the Davidson River drainage in Pisgah National Forest, can be fished from just above Looking Glass Falls all the way upstream until it gets too narrow. You can use a combination of dry flies or nymphs. The fishing here is good year round.
“The South Fork of the Mills River is one of the most remote and scenic rivers in these parts. And that’s saying a lot. It’s got big, nice open water and you’ll find great dry fly or dry dropper fishing here. Your average fish is going to be in the 8 – 12 inch range, but it’s not uncommon to find fish over 20 inches in length.
“Avery’s Creek comes into the Davidson River by the horse riding stables in Pisgah National Forest. It’s got the same wild designation as Looking Glass Creek and the Mills River. It’s smaller water so you’ll have to be a better caster. And it fishes great in just about every month except August. The fishing is good from US-276 all the way to Avery’s Creek Falls. ”
Directions to Looking Glass Creek: From intersection of US-276/US-64/NC-280, enter Pisgah National Forest and go north 5.6 miles on US-276. The falls (and parking) are on your right. Alternatively, if you’re coming from the Blue Ridge Parkway, proceed south on US-276 for 9.2 miles and the falls will be on your left. You will fiind good fishing above the falls.
Directions to South Fork, Mills River: From downtown Brevard, take US-276/US-64 south for 3.4 miles until it becomes NC-280. Continue 5.1 miles. Take a left on Turkey Pen Gap Road. This is a rough gravel road. Go to the parking lot at the end of the road. From the Turkey Pen trailhead, it’s less than a ½ mile hike to to the river.
Directions to Avery’s Creek: From intersection of US-276/US-64/NC-280, enter Pisgah National Forest and go north 2.2 miles on US-276. Take a right on FR-477 (also known as Avery’s Creek Road). Use any pull offs along the road for access.
Directions: From intersection of US-276/US-64/NC-280, enter Pisgah National Forest. Go 5.3 miles on US-276. Turn left onto FR-475 and go 1.4 miles. Turn left into parking lot for the Pisgah Fish Hatchery Parking Lot.