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Superb Trout Fishing Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

North Carolina trout fishing needs no introduction to those in the know.  The excellent sites for fishing near Asheville NC draw avid fly-casters from all around the country and beyond.

Traveling the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway, you’ll encounter over a hundred miles of streams that will challenge your skills and knowledge.  Using only artificial lures with a single non-barbed hook, you can fish for rainbow, brown and native brook trout with no special stamp required.  Catch-and-release is encouraged.

There are thirteen lakes along the Parkway, ranging from ponds to more sizeable bodies of water, and they have an abundance of smallmouth bass and bream.  Look for specific regulations wherever you go.  No fishing from bridges, dams or walls is permitted.  And swimming isn’t allowed.

You can easily obtain a license online and it’s not required for anyone 16 or younger.

At The Coves Mountain River Club, we’re fortunate to have five miles of frontage on the beautiful Johns River NC, where water flowing down from Grandfather Mountain into popular Wilson Creek North Carolina, creates some great fishing conditions.

The Boone area is well-known for its remarkable fly-fishing and angling.

Close to Blowing Rock, you’ll find Julian Price Park and the largest lake on the Parkway (at milepost 295).  It’s stocked for trout and also has bream and bass.  Canoes and kayaks are available to rent at the lakeshore concession facility.   

Nearby Moses Cone Park features the popular Trout Lake and Bass Lake.  Trout Lake is off of Winkler’s Creek Road.  Bank fishing is difficult due to steepness and trees, but you’ll find largemouth bass, bream and trout.   Bass Lake is on 221 just outside of Blowing Rock and has great bank fishing access.  You can also fish at Doughton Park. 

For river fishing, the Watauga River has trout, bream and rock bass and provides several good access points on Highway 105:  near the Ham Shoppe in Valle Crucis, Valley Crucis Park, behind Appalachian Angler, and behind the church on Shulls Mill road.  New River, especially north of Todd, provides smallmouth bass, and at Elk River, behind Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, there’s a great catch-and-release trout stretch.

Of course, Wilson Creek, in the mountains of the Pisgah National Forest, is one of the jewels in the North Carolina trout fishing crown.  It offers something for every angler’s preference – pools, riffles, runs and pocket water – and is home to some of the most renowned fishing near Asheville NC.  Experts recommend keeping your flies along the bottom in deep runs or clear holes.

The wild trout waters of Wilson Creek, Upper Creek, Harper Creeks, etc., are considered by many to be most beautiful places to fish on the east coast.  And we’re fortunate at The Coves Mountain River Club, with our property being located right on the Johns River NC, to have such easy access to them.

Wilson Creek North Carolina – just one of the many attractions of living the good life here in the foothills.  We’re also blessed with mild weather, gorgeous mountain scenery and, of course, the spectacular annual transformation of the foliage as fall arrives.

If you’re looking for a wonderful place to live, visit us when you’re in the Lenoir area.  We’re sure you’ll be amazed by all there is to do here:  fishing, kayaking, golf, hiking, social activities, local culture…the list goes on and on.  And we’ll show you some of our beautiful mountain homes and how they blend so perfectly with their surroundings.  It’s an entirely different and much more relaxed lifestyle – free of the pressures of the city and yet so convenient to everything you need or want to do.

Can you imagine night after night gazing at clear skies and a blanket of stars?  Can you picture yourself sitting on the deck at our Pisgah Mountain Lodge, watching the sun set over the mountains?  Can you envision having limitless opportunities for outdoor activities, exercise and exploration? This is what every day life is like at The Coves.

Come by, relax with a glass of wine or tea, and let us answer any questions you may have.  We look forward to welcoming you.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 70 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

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