Welcome to TROUT, NC on the web, the home page of Wayne and Cindy Clodfelter. We are publishers of TROUT, NC, a monthly newsletter about trout fishing in and around North Carolina. In it, we provide driving directions, identify access points, and include photographs, occasional maps, and fishing reports.

The hardest thing about trout fishing is finding out where to go. Relatively few streams are well known to most anglers. This is bad for the fisherman (and fisherwoman) because it leads to crowding on those streams. It is bad for the trout, as well, because it creates heavy fishing pressure.

By adding to the store of public information on public streams, we at TROUT, NC are working to make more streams readily accessible to more anglers, giving them greater opportunity to visit and explore more streams, where they can experience greater freedom and find more fishing enjoyment.

The information provided here is only a subset of the wealth of information we strive to provide in our printed newsletter. We trust you will find TROUT, NC on the web to be a valuable resource for your trout fishing. For those of you who fish North Carolina and adjacent states, a subscription to the printed newsletter, with its more detailed directions and descriptions of the streams and their accesses, should prove even more helpful. We encourage you to help support our efforts to bring you this information with your subscription to TROUT, NC. Thank you for visiting TROUT, NC on the web.

Fishing is an art that requires patience as well as luck. From the perspective of an ordinary person, one simply goes to fishing on a sunny day with a boat, bunch of worms and a fishing rod. However, when you take a look into this matter from the perspective of a lawyer, you find it as a punishable offence.

They say fishing is all about the correct timing. A lawyer regards, a day is a lot of time. They say fishing requires patience. A lawyer regards, patience is controlling your anger without shouting. When one goes fishing, the power of attorney should strictly remain in the hands of the fisherman. You cannot expect a person to sit there patiently whole day without being rewarded. Neither do fishes come with an invoice whereby you can track their date of arrival. The only thing that you can expect while going on fishing trip is to find a bill of sale that comes in form of a good fishing spots.

On a sunny day, one would reckon to have a lease agreement for a pond that is full of fishes. But, do fishes sign on a promissory note? The thing is that, you never know when these underwater creatures turn up against you and plan to waste your day of fishing by not offering themselves to your hooks. No matter how well advanced are your fishing equipments and your boat, it is always a miserable feeling to watch kids catching big trout whereas the basket on the side is still home to some passerby flies. The level of discrimination that these fishes do is worth noticing because they always have a plan to harass an elder in front of some silly kids. Doesn’t it make them feel guilty? Is it not an offence?

So, does it mean that there is no pay stub for fishing? Fishes are heartless creatures who always roam around in ponds, lakes, rivers, oceans, our water bowl and sometimes even in the aquariums. Being surrounded by humans from almost every corner, they still find a way to represent their will by nonchalantly moving around and ignoring us. Looking at the fish bowl, sometimes it feels as if they have nothing to do with us. No gestures, no coordinated movements and no signs of communication. All that they do is keep moving their lips and continuously saying ‘O’.

There is hardly any animal or reptile who has ever talked to a fish. Maybe they are just some underwater creatures who do not like to socialize with any breed of living organisms. The more you try to get closer to them, greater becomes the difference between the two. The last time I met with a fish was at my dining table and apart from all my fishing experience has been as blunt as the interaction between the humans and the fish. Being a lawyer, I certainly consider to sue fishes someday when they are willing to talk to us.


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This photo is 7 or 8 years old, I suspect, judging by our son, Jon's, appearance (he's now a strong, strapping 16 year old young man). Here, Jon fishes a lovely deep depression just downstream of Shinny Creek. (Delayed Harvest below Shinny Creek; wild trout regulations above Shinny Creek.)

Jon shows the results of his dry fly fishing skills.

Is this a gorgeous piece of trout water, or what! This is located somewhere midway between Shinny Creek and the falls.

Notice the high, vaulted ceiling in this cathedral setting on Jacob Fork.

OK, no short jokes, please; it's not the first length-challenged trout I have caught.

High Shoals Falls. The path to fishing above it is a breath-sucking climb up the face of the escarpment. It is a well maintained trail of placed rocks and timbers. Too bad they don't provide oxygen tanks.

Here is a lovely stretch of Jacob Fork some distance above the falls.

This is a view from a turn-out along Stony Creek.

Stony Creek in mid summer. The trout are in any relatively deeper water they can find, but you have to respect their sensibilities to catch them.

Stony Creek, up from the bridge on Dillingham Rd. Again, look for slightly deeper pockets and move slowly and quietly.

Look for places, however small, where the water stacks up among the rocks.

A 12 inch trout is a pretty nice trout just about anywhere. On a small stream like Stony Creek, it's especially neat. (Yes, I am old enough to remember when neat was a hip expression.) And sometimes it still fits quite well.

This is Tusquitee Creek.

Tusquitee Creek in winter. Notice the small patch of snow on the right bank.

Another winter shot with shriveled rhododendron along the bank. Gorgeous water, isn't it?

More lovely water on Tusquitee Creek.


Tusquitee Creek is much smaller at the campground, but we found a fair number of small trout. A well timed visit by the hatchery truck could drastically change that for the better.

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