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Scouting for Trout Fishing Towns in the Southeast


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#1 chugbug27

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 12:10 AM

I'll be taking a few road trips this summer to explore the South a bit and also to scout for future trout fishing destinations.  I'm hoping to find some beautiful places I can wade fish for trout and enjoy the tranquility of fly fishing in a trout stream, hopefully (but not necessarily) from a town I can take my non-fishing family to and have them enjoy as well.  I've already marked Townsend, Tennessee on my map.  Any other towns in the Southeast that people might recommend?

Much thanks in advance.


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#2 vicente

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 02:09 AM

I've got a buddy in Nashville who fly fishes a bit I could ask him if you'd like.

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 06:27 AM

Not sure what you call the southeast, but north Arkansas has had a couple world record trout out of the White River. 

https://www.agfc.com...out-tailwaters/

SWMo. has several trout destinations- https://huntfish.mdc...ish/trout-areas

Nearest me is Beaver tail water in Ar. and Roaring River State Park in Mo. a little farther away is Lake Taneycomo at Branson Mo. and Crane Creek at Crane, Mo. (notable for having the last pure strain McCloud River Ca. trout remaining- stocked in the 1880s and naturalized)



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Posted 14 June 2019 - 12:34 PM

Much thanks tjm that's very helpful, and Vicente that would be great. I'm thinking the southeast quarter of the country, basically the old south / Bible belt area.
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Posted 14 June 2019 - 03:37 PM

I understand there are trout streams around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, but they are so crowded and touristy that I rarely go there. There is lots of stuff for kids and non fisher persons to do in those towns, however.

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 04:07 PM

Don't limit yourself to trout.  Plenty of BIG Large Mouth Bass in the South.


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Posted 14 June 2019 - 04:26 PM

Although I haven't fished there, I would look into the Asheville NC area near
Mount Mitchell - tallest mountain east of the Mississippi river!

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 07:07 PM

Thanks mc & flyty1

@mc, don't worry, I'll be fly fishing locally, too.
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Posted 15 June 2019 - 09:54 AM

North Georgia also for trout. Sulfur, LA for redfish, Sea Trout. In the winter, Biloxi Marsh for bull redfish.

Trout are mostly Arkansas, TN, NC.
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Posted 17 June 2019 - 10:37 AM

If you get to Memphis Tn, visit the Bass Pro shop there, before they moved to the Pyramid the old BP there had the biggest fly-tying shop I've ever seen and when I asked about it, the clerk told me they had the largest fly-tying club in the USA, they all travel to Mountain Home Ar to fish the White.  I don't think there was any material they didn't have in stock.

I haven't been back there since they took over the Pyramid, but that building alone is worth a look and with the space there my guess is there was no down sizing. https://en.wikipedia...Memphis_Pyramid



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Posted 17 June 2019 - 10:44 AM

An article about the new Mo record brown taken at Branson- https://greatamerica...ty-brown-trout/



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Posted 17 June 2019 - 11:49 AM

Thanks again Tjm. Quite a fish story...
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Posted 17 June 2019 - 03:33 PM

And DarrellP, thanks for the general lay of the land
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Posted 24 June 2019 - 10:03 AM

Nope, no trout in North Carolina or South Carolina. Nothing to see here Yankee. Keep moving.......

 

 

https://www.ncpaws.o...shingAreas.aspx


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#15 chugbug27

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Posted 24 June 2019 - 08:07 PM

Thanks troutguy, much appreciated.
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