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    What defines a blue ribbon top 100 trout stream?

    Don't ask me, because I don't know either.
    Apparently to make the list it has to be infested with Didymosphenia (didymo aka rock snot) http://www.fish.state.pa.us/water/ha...aq_didymo.html . Another feature seems to be a pipe that runs to the creek where a hatchery can discharge pellets and other debris for "wild trout" to eat.

    These are just some of the characteristics I observed for some of the creeks I fished this past week. Hey, don't get me wrong, the fishing on the Holston was pretty good before they jacked up the water and a storm came through.

    I was invited to do a few days of fishing with a buddy from back home on the South Fork of the Holston River located near Bristol, TN. I met up with him late Friday night. We fished the Watauga River most of the day Saturday, but did fish the Holston for a little while on Saturday morning. The Watauga doesn't seem to have the Didymo like the Holston does.

    The fishing on the Watauga was decent, but we decided to stay at the Holston the next day. We moved around, and the fishing was a little better than the previous day. Someone actually believed the weather man and thought it was going to be sunny and 70, so he left his rain jacket in the room. Needless to say, a lot of cold rain fell that day. He never left his jacket in the room again.


    With the rain came fog, and it seemed to shut the fish down. The next day a big storm would roll through and the TVA was reporting they were already raising the water on the Holston a good amount. The day was lost and the fish were completely shut down. The Watauga wasn't even an option because that was already running higher than the Holston.


    With high water and no where to go, we decided to pack up shop and head to the Davidson River in Brevard, NC. We got into some decent fish, but after learning about the pellet hatch that goes on in this catch and release, artificial fly, "wild trout" section, I was quickly embarrassed to even be fishing it. With the evening approaching we both decided to call it quits and headed back home until another excursion could be concocted.





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    Re: What defines a blue ribbon top 100 trout stream?

    This is one of the best posts I've ever read on this site.

    Nice.


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    Re: What defines a blue ribbon top 100 trout stream?

    i especially liked the last photo

    To look good is to fish good

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    Re: What defines a blue ribbon top 100 trout stream?

    What defines a Blue Ribbon Top 100 Trout Stream?

    Good question, so I went to the source.



    Trout Unlimited's Guide to America's 100 Best Trout Streams by John Ross.

    He polled more than 1,000 TU member's what they considered the best streams based on the quality of fishing; trout populations; public access; scenic beauty; and involvement of the local TU chapter's in maintaining that river for future generations of trout fisherman.

    The book is set up by regions of the country so the number assigned to that particular river isn't it rank order number.

    South Fork of the Holston River is #33

    Watauga River is #36

    Davidson is #29

    As you are well aware of CT you just fished three of the top 100 trout streams in the country.

    Three more rivers checked off on your bucket list?


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    Re: What defines a blue ribbon top 100 trout stream?

    Three down...ninety seven to go.

    Wonder how many people have fished all 100 bodies of water on that list.

    All three of those rivers I fished had lots of public access. The Holston and Watauga are floatable by boat or raft. All three rivers also were home to some large wild trout. Granted the two in TN weren't fed the tank washouts from a hatchery. There are some deep holes on the Watauga and holston, and I imagine that's where some of the dinosaurs I've seen caught live. We saw a huge fish on the Watauga when we were standing on a bridge looking down, but he wanted nothing to do with anything offered to him. Took some fish on dries when they were rising. Most fish came on nymphs and midges. Saw some olives hatching, but no bug hatches like the fly shop had claimed was going on in days prior to us getting there.

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