• Ray Sugg

12/31/20 Goodbye 2020!


One of my favorite Buncombe County blue lines in December.

At the time of this writing, I am six days in on a 10-day Covid-19 quarantine due to close contact. From teaching fully remote classes to teaching a blended schedule (some remote/some in person) to coaching soccer while wearing a mask, 2020 has been unlike any of my previous 58 years. I have actually had more time to fish this year, but fished "home water" more and traveled to new creeks less than recent years. This year, I caught trout on flies in 38 new creeks in nine different WNC counties. Yancey County tops this year's list with nine creeks, but seven of those were on the same day! I begin 2021 with 990 creeks and only ten to go to reach 1,000! Bobby Kilby is up to 1,299 creeks, and would like to hit 1300 the same day I hit 1000 - IF we can find a creek that neither of us has fished. I have listed my new creeks from 2020 below, and I have updated my excel spreadsheet listing all 990 creeks in the "Creeks" tab.


2020-03-21 Little Prong, Madison County, wild brookies

2020-03-21 Big Rocky Branch, Madison County, wild brookies

2020-03-28 Wesley Creek, Haywood County, wild rainbows

2020-04-03 Toms Branch, Haywood County, wild browns

2020-04-03 Hurricane Gap Branch, Haywood County, wild browns

2020-04-28 Craig Branch, Buncombe County, wild rainbows

2020-04-28 High Windy Branch, Buncombe County, wild rainbows

2020-04-28 Garren Creek (Fairview), Buncombe County, wild rainbows

2020-04-28 Garren Creek (Broad River), Buncombe County, wild rainbows

2020-05-15 Mine Fork, Yancey County, wild rainbows

2020-05-15 Jacks Creek, Yancey County, wild rainbows

2020-06-03 Bobs Creek, Yancey County, stocked brookies

2020-06-03 Little Whiteoak Creek, Yancey County, wild browns

2020-06-03 Right Prong Clear Creek, Yancey County, wild browns

2020-06-03 Left Prong Clear Creek, Yancey County, wild browns

2020-06-03 Middle Prong Clear Creek, Yancey County, wild browns

2020-06-03 Locust Creek, Yancey County, wild browns

2020-06-03 Shuford Creek, Yancey County, wild rainbows

2020-06-16 Chestnut Flats Branch, Graham County, wild brookies

2020-06-16 Hooper Creek, Graham County, wild rainbows

2020-06-17 Little Buffalo Creek, Graham County, wild rainbows

2020-06-24 Clawhammer Branch, Transylvania County, wild rainbows

2020-06-24 Maxwell Branch, Transylvania County, wild rainbows

2020-06-24 Henry Branch, Transylvania County, wild rainbows

2020-07-02 Hollow Poplar Creek, Mitchell County, wild rainbows

2020-07-07 Johnson Branch, Haywood County, wild rainbows

2020-07-14 Piney Mountain Creek, Jackson County, wild brookies and rainbows

2020-07-14 Rough Butt Creek, Jackson County, wild brookies and rainbows

2020-07-21 Fork Creek, Transylvania County, wild browns and rainbows

2020-07-31 Methany Creek, Transylvania County, wild browns

2020-07-31 Jake Branch, Transylvania County, wild browns

2020-07-31 North Fork Tucker Creek, Transylvania County, wild browns

2020-10-04 Peach Orchard Creek, Buncombe County, wild brookies

2020-10-19 Pounding Mill Branch, Madison County, wild rainbows

2020-10-19 Allen Creek, Madison County, wild rainbows

2020-11-03 Rittle Creek, Watauga County, wild browns

2020-11-03 Cobb Creek, Watauga County, wild browns

2020-11-03 North Prong Ellison Branch, Watauga County, wild brookies

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