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Adventures of a Trout Bum - the quest to catch trout in 1,000 North Carolina creeks.

Updated: Sep 11, 2018

I'm not there yet - 849 at the time of this post. This lovely waterfall is on Little Cove Creek in Polk County. I fished it almost a year ago, based on the fact that it runs into Green River and may once have contained trout. I did not see a fish, much less get a strike, but thanks to scenery such as this, even unproductive outings have their rewards!

"Many go fishing all their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after." - Henry David Thoreau

The Quest

My goal is to catch trout (at least two) on flies in 1,000 different creeks in North Carolina. My current list of creeks can be found under the "Creeks" tab. Some of these are well-known trout streams and some are tiny, laurel-enclosed tributaries that no one in their right mind would try to fly fish. Some of my favorites are not recognized by NCWRC as trout water, and most people who know of them would swear there were no trout in the creek at all. Some are considered "secret fishing spots" by other fishermen, who really don't want me to mention the names of the creeks. I will try to respect the wishes of the "blue line" brotherhood. The fact that a creek shows up on my list simply means I caught at least, and many times only two trout in it. I list the county the creek is found in, but as far as access goes, that's all you get.

Many of these creeks, maybe even most, are on private land. I honor posted signs and purple paint, but don't get angry if I knock on your door and politely ask to fish your creek. I have met many nice and interesting people this way, and most of the time, whether the answer was yes or no, there was good conversation involved. Thanks to all the landowners who have graciously allowed me on their creeks, and thanks in advance to those I will be asking this year.

See you on the creek,

Ray Sugg

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