Hook Your Own Rainbow Trout

Hook Your Own Rainbow Trout

Photo of Gear for Trout Fishing

Gone Fishin’

He’s hiding in there! As you wade upstream from the low water bridge, the rocks can be slippery under your feet, but if you’re careful with each step and don’t create ground vibrations, you can sneak up on that big rainbow trout. The old sycamore tree hangs just over the rocks, shading the pool where he hangs out. A shelf of the rock under the water acts like a small cave where the old guy can hide when he chooses. Otherwise, he rides the gentle current in the best spot to see the insects falling from the tree limbs into the water.

You start your cast, whipping the rod tip back and forth over your head until you have enough length out to let your fly fall just ahead of the pool. The fly will drift on the slight ripples right over his head. Patience! If you don’t twitch, the artificial fly you tied over the winter may look like lunch to the trout.

The anticipation of a strike can never match the rush when you see the flash and feel the tug. Set the hook and be ready for a fight! A rainbow or native brown trout in the cool waters of the East Fork of the Pigeon River will give you a workout. A trout in the clear mountain water covers 100 yards faster than Ethan Bolt ever dreamed of running. Spook one and you’ll see. Snag one on your line and you’ll feel the raw strength.

In this section of the stream, the catch-and-release rules have been in place for several years. The thrill of the catch is your reward. If you want a nice rainbow trout for your lunch or dinner, the fish farm is close by on Lake Logan Road. Except for the occasional attempt at poaching, the owners have protected the fun of fishing here in this stream.

Come Fish for Your Own Trout

East Fork of the Pigeon River

East Fork of the Pigeon River

The best news of this adventure is that you can be the new owner enjoying the fun for yourself, your family, and your friends. After many years of enjoyment, the riverside property, a rustic 2-bedroom cabin, and plus or minus thirty-some, mostly wooded acres has been put on the market. Sadly for the family, happily for you, the time has come for someone else to enjoy the pastoral setting with its secluded, yet convenient location.

Close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Towns of Canton and Waynesville, and just 40 minutes from Asheville, the property features riparian rights along the Pigeon, one of the finest mountain streams in the area. The cabin, originally built as a fish camp on the creek, sits tucked just between a hillside and the rushing water. The metal roof makes a soothing sound in a gentle southern rain. You’ll sleep well in the rooms that accommodate 6, as they’re currently designed.

The stone fireplace creates a focal point for the family gathering. The wood cook stove in the kitchen gives you a chance to heat up the cast iron cookware for delicious old-fashioned fare to cure any case of the hungries. Pick your porch, front or back, to enjoy conversations or rock yourself gently into an afternoon nap.

You have the choice to create your own adventures in the ample swimming hole within a hundred yards, or so, of the cabin door; taking off on a hike, like to nearby Mt. Pisgah; or taking a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. You’ll enjoy the family and friend picnics and frolics in the yard. Why, that yard has even seen several weddings and parties in the past few years. There’s no telling what you and your family will enjoy, once you take possession of the property.

Come on by. The property is ready for viewing. Just contact our friends Ron Breese or Brian Noland and they will play host to a tour. You might want to wear some shoes and not just your flip flops, if you want to climb the hill that will be all yours. If you go fairly quietly, you’ll see the wildlife that populates the place too. You’ll love it. And, we hope you love it as much as we have. Oh, and maybe, if the season is right, we can work out the time for you to drop your line in the water and see if you can lure that big trout to the surface. He’s hiding in there!

 

This property is represented by

Brian K. Noland and the Ron Breese Team

brian@brianknoland.com

RE/MAX MOUNTAIN REALTY

2177 Russ Ave

Waynesville, NC   28786

828-452-9393

 

 

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Walk a Ways in the Woods

Walk a Ways in the Woods

Photo: Mountian view from Charlie's Bunion

A Blue Ridge Mountain View

The sharp T-weet of a Towhee, feeling threatened as we step into the edge of the meadow, breaks the silence found only on a woodland walk. We have seen deer, chipmunks, and a groundhog on the walk from the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Tri-Corners where three counties join together on the ridgetop. Tanasi (the Cherokee for Tennessee) Bald in Indian folklore was the home to a slant-eyed giant named Jutaculla, but in our young life the place featured a huge mountaintop meadow filled with huckleberry bushes. In late summer, the whole family made the trek with whatever containers we could make easy to carry, overflowing with the delicious wild mountain blueberries for the walk back to the car.

The Great Balsam Mountains present you with some of the best day hikes and overnight destinations that the Appalachian Range has to offer. Easy access to trailheads dot the map of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Vistas, waterfalls, flora and fauna fill your senses, building pleasant memories of what we call God’s Country.

Sit a Spell

Walk out the door, or drive to your favorite spot or jumping off place for a day in the woods. All are within easy reach of the Cooper Mountain Cabin. But then, if you just want to sit on the porch, rock the chair, and watch, you’re in the middle of the mountain paradise without leaving the property. The stream will lull you into a refreshing afternoon nap. The cool mountain air will refresh your body, mind, and spirit. Count on a memorable mountain getaway.

This property is represented by

Brian K. Noland and the Ron Breese Team

brian@brianknoland.com

RE/MAX MOUNTAIN REALTY

2177 Russ Ave

Waynesville, NC   28786

828-452-9393

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Cold, Clear Mountain Water

Cold, clear mountain water tastes good to most folks. The ones who live here sometimes take it for granted, that is, until they travel down to the flatlands. Beach water has a funny taste, not briny or brackish, but still funny, if you’re accustomed to the pure stuff. South Texas water tastes like oil, but then, the air smells petroleum-y anyway. Bring me back home where the natural water runs cool, has a perfect blend of God-given minerals, and rehydrates like no other.

My thoughts drip out as I work on the yearly maintenance checklist for the pump and water system after a colder-than-usual winter. I love springtime. Opening up the Cooper Mountain Cabin for another season fits into the schedule just in time for the first renters to arrive from Alabama, or Georgia, or some other foreign location. The water’s ready.

Trout Love Cold, Clear Mountain Water

Photo: Bridge Over Cold, Clear Mountain WaterYep, the water’s on and the firewood’s stacked. While I am in the crawl space, hugging the pump’s pressure tank, my brother’s son-in-law throws some bait in the creek. Of course, the bait was on the end of the line from a fly rod. In twenty minutes he’s back with a smile teasing his face.

“How’d you do?” That’s what you ask a fisherman or a golfer.

“That was fun. I caught four. They just couldn’t wait to hit.” The smile is bigger now.

“Any size to them?” The setup question for a fish tale.

“Nah, not too much. They fought like trout, but they were only pan size, I guess.” Said with a sigh as he plops on the top step. “I put ‘em back, like we’re supposed to, but there’s a bunch of ‘em!”

Cold, clear mountain water grows great looking rainbow and brown trout. The catch-and-release stream gives plenty to keep a fly rod busy and there’s lots of holes to try in the mile of creek on the property.

“Even in the rain they were almost swarming today. Early in the season, I guess they’re a little hungry. They were hitting almost anything!”

So, when’s the last time you tried a taste of cold, clear mountain water? Have a cool swallow or two. Get your waders in the creek. See what cold, clear mountain water will do to clear your soul.

This property is represented by

Brian K. Noland and the Ron Breese Team

brian@brianknoland.com

RE/MAX MOUNTAIN REALTY

2177 Russ Ave

Waynesville, NC   28786

828-452-9393

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The Colors are Calling

Bye Bye Hummingbird! The geese flew over a couple of days ago, honking the call for the hummers to come along. I’ve heard the little guys hitch a ride south. Maybe so. Maybe not. Usually around the 15th to 25th of September we see them disappear and the aerial acrobatics become a memory for another year. The feeders swing in the breeze until we bring them in for cleaning.

Photo: Autumn LeavesThe science of the migration can be studied, but those active little birds know when the angle of the sun drops down the azimuth, it’s time to go. The Dakotas have already had a blizzard, so they probably headed down the globe from there weeks ago. Here, they’ve just now left. We can’t tell what this portends for the weather prognosis, and we haven’t heard any interpretations of the wooly worms wardrobe this year, so we’ll just have to guess what the winter will bring.

Fall arrives in the mountains with the green wilting from the tips of the trees toward the roots. A few of the leaves hang on long enough to brighten the hillsides, summoning leaf lookers from all over the world. Many vistas in these mountains sparkle on clear days with the bright colors flowing down the mountainsides, fading into purple valleys.

Cozy Fireplace

Cozy Fireplace

Yep, this is a great time to visit in the mountains. The calendar at the Cooper Cabin has been rather full, but there are a few dates available as we move through October and head into November. The fire wood is stacked and waiting. The trails, freshly carpeted will pull you along to your next discovery as the critters make ready for the season ahead. Get away while you can. Your respite in the woods will do you good. Plan a quick trip today. Maybe the national parks rangers are on furlough, but there’s still plenty of mountains to see. We hope to see you enjoy them soon.

This property is represented by

Brian K. Noland and the Ron Breese Team

brian@brianknoland.com

RE/MAX MOUNTAIN REALTY

2177 Russ Ave

Waynesville, NC   28786

828-452-9393

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Forecast: Afternoon Showers

First, the leaves begin to rustle and whisper, “There’s a storm over the ridge.” Clouds filter the light to dim the shades of green around the yard. You reach for a sweater because the thermometer shows a drop of five or six degrees.

Static electricity jumps to the clouds, splitting the air molecules asunder with a brilliant blinding flash. Some people gain comfort from the resulting booming crash as the air rushes in to close the gap. Thunder scares others, and your pup may run for cover or jump in your lap.Illustration: Rain Shower

Summer afternoons in the mountains see thundershowers, almost every day. Plan for them. Transylvania County, NC, just to our south, enjoys the highest rainfall measurement in the USA, except maybe for the drippy Northwest. It makes for comfortable misty mornings, spectacular mid-days, drippy afternoons, and lovely evenings.

At the cabin, the metal roof takes some getting used to for some folks. The rustic cabin brings thoughts to some of yesteryear, when most progressive folks had a metal-roofed house. The afternoon and evening showers spray a melodic tattoo that runs right through your nerves, calming them to slumber. Rain has that effect, when you slow down to listen to it.

That’s what vacations are for. Slow down. Listen to nature as it shows off its native abundance around you. Absorb the sounds. It cures what ails you from your helter-skelter everyday routines.

And, by the way, the roof doesn’t leak. It’s a metal roof. It takes a watchful eye and occasional slaps of mastic, because, as you know, water chooses its own level. So, our visitors help us keep an eye out for telltale signs of drips, and then we fix ’em.

So, come on out to see us. You’ll be comfortable and dry and enjoy getting rested up.

This property is represented by

Brian K. Noland and the Ron Breese Team

brian@brianknoland.com

RE/MAX MOUNTAIN REALTY

2177 Russ Ave

Waynesville, NC   28786

828-452-9393

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The Sunshine Pipe

We like sunshine. It’s a great source of healthy vitamins, comfy warmth, and bright inspiration. In the spring and summer, we like being on the ridge top gazing out over the misty valley. Wear your sweater or jacket, ‘cause mornings in the mountain cool your hot head. A short ride, six miles or so, carries you up the creek to the Blue Ridge Parkway and other vantage points where you can enjoy the views.

Sunshine Pipe

Caution! The Sunshine Pipe is Hot!

Back at the cabin, you’d think we pipe in the sunshine. Tucked up under the hill almost like a Hobbit house, the trees and ridges keep the early morning sun hiding a little longer in the day. You’ll see the rays sifting through the mist, lighting the stream and the abundant green around you.

If you want abundant sun and lots of it, vacation at the beach. If you want the cool green of the mountains and a lulling trout steam to sleep by, we’ll see you soon.

 

Oh look! One of the little squirrels popped its head up at the back door, looking for a handout. They have plenty without you feeding them, so they’ll be OK.

This property is represented by

Brian K. Noland and the Ron Breese Team

brian@brianknoland.com

RE/MAX MOUNTAIN REALTY

2177 Russ Ave

Waynesville, NC   28786

828-452-9393

 

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Get Ready for Hot July Days

“And in the weather forecast for the Metroplex on this fine July day, nothing but sunshine that will bring us a hot 114 degrees and a low tonight of 92.” So what will you do to cool down? Take a break. Schedule your vacation week, or maybe a month, and enjoy the cool mountain stream washing your heat stroke away.

In mid-July, when much of the country sweats it out, the average temperature in Haywood County hovers around 85 with overnight lows in the 60’s. Bring your sweatshirt. Of course you may have to deal with afternoon thundershowers, which roll in frequently, but they usually last only a few hours. Even then, afternoon siestas with rain on the metal roof can be soothing.

Plan lots to do, or plan nothing to do. Your July is coming soon. Plan now. The seclusion you find in the lush green of the property will find you relaxing like you haven’t in a long time. It’s a real getaway.

And, that’s my commercial for the day. Thanks for listening.

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