The Nantahala River is an excellent place to fish for both beginners and experts alike. This river can be catagorized into two main sections that are separated by a power plant. The area above the power plant is designated with delayed harvest regulations. In this area, it is catch and release, artificial flies and lures only. All of these must be limited to a single hook. Here you will find a mix of both stocked and wild fish ranging from 12-14" in length.
Once the river gets to the powerhouse, a large pipe brings cold, clear, water down from Nantahala lake. Because of this, the river downstream from here flows cold all year round. It also makes it excellent habitat for the immense populations of wild trout that dwell here. It should also be noted that the current North Carolina State record Brown Trout was caught in this section. It weighed in at a whopping 24 lbs. 10 ounces!!! The fish here are not very easy to catch though, as this area recieves more fishing pressure than the upper river. Hatches include Blue Wing Olives, Blue Quills, March Browns and PED's. This river sets inside of steep mountain terrain and the picturesque Nantahala Gorge. Make sure you don't forget to bring your camera!
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