CATCH & RELEASE TIPS:
- Use barbless hooks. If you use a net, use one made of rubber. It is less harmful to fish scales, gills and eyes. Only net your fish if it is the only way to control it.
- Wet your hands when handling fish. Dry hands and gloves will remove its protective mucous (slime) coating and scales. These protective layers help prevent infection by waterborne disease. Do not beach a fish or let it flop around the deck of the boat.
- Try not to remove the fish from the water. If you must, be quick and gentle, do not squeeze the fish. Needle nose pliers, hemostats, de-hookers etc., will speed up the removal of a deep set hook.
- To revive the fish, hold it under the belly and by the tail, keep it in an upright position underwater, do not move the fish back and forth (this is also a good time to get a measurement and take a photo). If you are fishing in a river or stream, hold the fish facing the current. Be patient and give the fish as much time as it needs to recover and swim away on its own.
35.2991, -82.7698 Looking Glass Creek
35.2890, -82.7366 Avery Creek
35.3621, -82.6395 South Mills River
35.2397, -82.8815 North Fork French Broad-Game land from Courthouse Creek
35.2869, -82.7361 Davidson River-Game land upstream from Avery Creek
35.3229, -82.8393 Yellowstone Prong-Shining Rock Wilderness area
C&R Fly Fish Only
35.2888, -82.7789 Davidson River (headwaters to Avery Creek, excluding Avery Creek, Looking Glass Creek, and Grogan Creek)