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Tyler Legg
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Friday, December 10, 2010
Small wild fish are more appealing to me, but I do enjoy fishing trophy waters and sections of rivers that run through towns. I'll be marking one of those trophy waters off of my list though. Back on December 1st, the cost of an annual Catch & Release license for Cherokee was increased. Big time. Either the economy is pushing them to spike the price, or they're in the planning stages of another huge casino that demands millions. Let's hope it's not the latter. Anyways, the spike was huge. The reasonable $20 annual permit is now $75, not to mention the daily permit, which to my knowledge increased from $7 to $10. The first trip of the year would cost $85. Way over the top if you ask me. A lot of folks have already made the promise that they won't be fishing Cherokee anytime soon. Now, some say it's still a deal given the price of private trophy waters. The Davidson, Tuck, Nantahala, or even Wilson Creek hold similar fishing opportunities though. The crowds are usually the only difference, but minor crowds and free fishing sounds better than $85. What do you guys think? Over the top?

*Once I find the article, if there ever is one, I'll post it. I'm receiving this info via a credible forum and credible folks.*


Mark said...

On a percentage basis, that's a huge increase to put in place at one time. Its a little hard to justify for me, with hundreds of miles of wild streams on public land to fish. Generally smaller fish in with a few exceptions, but still. My out of state NC license and trout permit don't cost that much for 12 months. I'm going with over the top.

Anonymous said...

I think they are going to lose money on this. Almost everyone I've read about online or talked to in person has said not just "no" but "*$&# No" to this idea. With DH streams in such good shape by NC WRD, who needs to pay that much for a big fish. Sure the fish in Cherokee are 10" bigger, but when you're talking about a 24 inch trout in a DH stream for peanuts or a 34 inch trout in a Cherokee stream for nearly $100 a year....it's no contest for most folks. I don't know how they thought all the anglers now paying $20 a year and $7 a day to fish that 2 miles were going to rationalize the higher fee for the same water and trout. And in this recession, too? whatever, Cherokee. Keep your pellet fed stockers.

Kev2380 said...

That is way too much. That makes what is costs for a out of state to fish the Holston cheap. I'd rather go there then pay $85.

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...

I'm leaning towards way too much as well. It will be interesting to see what happens.

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