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Trout of the Blue Ridge

North Carolina's High Country offers anglers premier trout fishing and eight months of ideal water conditions in beautiful surroundings.

Trout of the Blue Ridge

A 60-foot-tall waterfall on Looking Glass Creek north of Brevard, N.C., is just one example of the spectacular scenery awaiting anglers in the Pisgah National Forest. (Photo by Larry Larsen)

My wife, Rosie, made a dozen or so casts to a rock-strewn run before hooking up with a stout 15-inch rainbow. Her fish shot upstream through the pool toward a couple of large boulders as guide Debbie Gillespie looked on and readied her net. Seconds later another 'bow sucked in my nymph as the current swept it through the waist-deep riffle by a large rock. It, too, took off upstream, heading toward the women until I snubbed it.

The trout leaped skyward. I turned the fish and continued the battle in the smaller pool closer to my position while watching the catch and release above me. Gillespie then headed downstream to put a net under my fish, a beautiful twin of the rainbow Rosie...

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