Clay County NC Trout Streams

Clay County NC Trout Streams


  • Use barbless hooks. If you use a net, use one made of rubber. It is less harmful to fish scales, gills and eyes. Only net your fish if it is the only way to control it.
  • Wet your hands when handling fish. Dry hands and gloves will remove its protective mucous (slime) coating and scales. These protective layers help prevent infection by waterborne disease. Do not beach a fish or let it flop around the deck of the boat.
  • Try not to remove the fish from the water. If you must, be quick and gentle, do not squeeze the fish. Needle nose pliers, hemostats, de-hookers etc., will speed up the removal of a deep set hook.
  • To revive the fish, hold it under the belly and by the tail, keep it in an upright position underwater, do not move the fish back and forth (this is also a good time to get a measurement and take a photo). If you are fishing in a river or stream, hold the fish facing the current. Be patient and give the fish as much time as it needs to recover and swim away on its own.

35.0794, -83.8653 Fires Creek- First bridge above the lower game lands line on US for FSR 442 to SR 1300

35.0103, -83.7040 Hothouse Branch

35.0220, -83.6857 Shooting Creek- SR 1349 bridge to US 64 bridge at SR 1338

35.0973, -83.7036 Tuni Creek

35.0803, -83.7543 Tusquitee Creek- Headwaters to lower SR 1300 bridge

35.0416, -83.6623 Vineyard Creek

35.095596, -83.857669 Fires Creek- Rockhouse Creek to the foot bridge in the USFS Fires Creek Picnic Area

35.0996, -83.6226 Buck Creek-section upstream of U.S. 64

35.1023, -83.8408 Fires Creek -section on Nantahala game lands

35.1110, -83.8035 Little Fires Creek

35.1349, -83.7811 Long Branch