The Georgia Mountain Angler headed out to the Raven Fork in Western North Carolina last Thursday in pursuit of some trophy trout. We fished the "Trophy Section" of the Raven located in the Cherokee Indian reservation in the Great Smoky Mountains. Glenn and I wasted no time in landing our first of many 14" rainbows right from the start. Caught a few that went 16" as well. Fantastic fall day on the river with perfect weather. Didn't even see another angler. Water was a bit low but the fish were hitting nymphs very well. Anything with a "hot spot" seemed to work great. Bead head nymphs with some hot orange thread tied above the bead head was the ticket. Fished the nymphs as droppers below a dry which didn't interest the fish, but provided a good strike indicator. If you haven't fished the Raven Fork, you should soon. Located near Cherokee, NC, a special permit is required to fish the "Trophy Section" as well as a daily reservation permit. No NC fishing license is required to fish here. We would be happy to guide for you on this river where 14 to 16 inch rainbows are common and many larger fish up to 22" are landed regularly. Visit our website below for more info.
-The Georgia Mountain Angler. A couple of trout bums who know where the fish are!