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hello. i will be visiting the black mountain area next month and i plan to do some fishing (trout). i have located some creeks on the maps (mill, mackey, curtis, buck). my question is how can i make sure i am not trespassing on private property?:eek: what is the norm for getting in the water? can you just pull off the road by a stream and fish? thanks. grasmo. also, what will the water temp. be around the middle of next month and should i use waders in any of these streams. thanks again.
 

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Waders, yes. Water is cold in summer. If the creek is labeled with NC Wildlife signs, it is public water. Watch the signs for baits to use, creel limits, and in some cases size.
 

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you happen to be visiting my back yard. first, forget mackeys creek. it is not worth the time or effort. a great place to start would be curtis creek. there is around 2 miles in the lower section, on the paved road. it will be under general regulations until october. It has not been stocked in a while, but you might be able to pull a holdover or two out. you will see the pulloffs, the ones that are legal will be the ones without 8 posted signs on any given tree! if you want to do some dapping for little natives, go farther up. the section that is not posted will start about 1/2 mile after you cross a small bridge near an old mill. this starts the single hook/artificial only and it does get hammered by the campers. for a little better fishing, follow the gravel road to the top, cross over the parkway and fish neals creek or the headwatwaters of the south toe river. this will be flyfishing only and it is small stream(jungle combat) fishing. My only gripe about this area is that nobody really follows the rules and there is not as many fish as there once was. I learned to flyfish on the small creeks in this area 25 years ago, and it anoys me to see somebody keep a wild fish. most of the fish in this part of the south toe will be within sight of the campground waiting for bread or other handouts. as for buck creek and mill creek, 85% is on private property. most of buck creek belongs to lake tahoma, and they have their own little rent a cops who will get you. mill creek is fishable near the andrews geyser area, but they rarely stock it. one thing about buck creek, if I can remember right, follow the road through the lake tahoma development and towards the top, you will cross into some nc gamelands. It has been a while since I have been in that area, though. as for being public water if it has a wrc sign on it, that is not always the case. be careful
 

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thanks for the info. i've been doing a little more research since my first post and that davidson river area looks fantastic especially with those feeder creeks. any info on this area? tom, btw i agree totally. i am strictly a catch and release fisherman no matter what. oh yeah, about how far apart do they space those wildlife signs? thanks. grasmo.
 

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the davidson is a better area. the upper part near the hatchery is pretty crowded, but lookingglass and avery's creek are good choices. as for the spacing on the signs, usually they are spaced within sight of one another, and they put them on most pull-offs. you really can't miss 'em. If you plan to fish the upper davidson, the fly fishing only, I would plan to go mid-week. Try to fish away from the hatchery, it is usually elbow to elbow with tourists (sorry:eek: ) the smaller creeks around the area are what I prefer. of the 1000's of times I have fished lookinglass, i can't remember anyone else fishing it, and it's pretty open. Avery's creek is really tight, but you will have it all to yourself. the davidson will surprise you, you will think that it is void of any fish, then a hatch will apperar and you will be surrounded of fish. great at hiding i guess. if you really want a great trip, hit the tuckaseegee, just head west toward sylva, it is all public and navigable, plenty of access, and big enough that the trout grow big and ugly:eek:
 

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thanks tom. yeah i would really like to fish a pretty open area with no people around. i don't mind going on a hike to find that spot either. can you give me some dimensions of the davidson and looking glass (length of the stream and the average widths) so i can get a mental picture. when you say crowded, do you mean that people are within sight of each other for long distances? boy that would stink. is the tuckaseegee a wading river? that's what i'm going to be doing. catching a bunch of fish isn't really top priority, just looking for some purdy scenery, some quiet, and maybe a few fish. see 'um later. grasmo.
 

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The Tuckaseegee is "big" water. And it is delayed harvest water for a stretch. Should be able to wade it fine. Crowds are sometimes closer than just in sight. Weekdays are recomended. All of the creeks that redfish mentioned are good, especially the Davidson. I've been meaning to get back up in that area myself, the scenery alone is worth the trip.
 
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