Leaving North Carolina was incredibly difficult for us. We fished in some incredibly beautiful streams. Caught some spectacular trout including all three species (brown, rainbow and brook) on both the Nantahala and Tuckasegee and made some new friends from our awesome guides, to new musicians, to restaurant owners, fly shop gurus and more.
The video above is a recap of our time in NC. Its set to the song “Ms. Carolina” by Asheville-based duo Bird in Hand. Band members Bryan and Megan Thurman are a fantastic duo playing what they describe as Appalachian Thunder Folk. We were so fortunate to hear them play at Evolution Wine Kitchen in Sylva, NC on April 1st. Their tour starts soon and has many stops including at the 5 Spot in Nashville (4/22), at Westport Station in KC (4/29), Lions Lair in Denver (5/5) and Adair’s Saloon in
Dallas (5/11). You can check out their entire tour on their Facebook page and their music on ReverbNation. I promise you’ll love to hear them. To all our friends and subscribers, go see them and please tell them Tom and Barb sent you!
Our NC fly fishing guides included Harrison Beckwith of Brookings Cashiers Village Anglers, Miller Watson of Hooker’s Fly Shop, J.E.B. Hall of Davidson River Outfitters and Nick Johnson of Endless River Adventures. They put us on so many great fish in some of the most beautiful trout streams imaginable. Each river was unique and having a guide with us made it so special.
I really need to give a big shout out to the fly shop staff who helped us not only with getting the incredible guides we had but sharing their secrets on what to fish and where. Kudos to Marc at Brookings, Walker at Davidson River Outfitters and Bobby at Tuckaseegee Fly Shop.
Big thank you to Gary Long and his wife Traci at Evolution Wine Kitchen in Sylva NC. They welcomed us in to watch and film a show in their restaurant. Invited us to sit at the “community table”. Shared some delicious food paired with some great beers. But most important, made us feel like we’d been dear friends for years.
Barb and I love to listen to live music. Our Tuck guide and musician, Miller Watson, tipped us off on a duo we should hear sometime. One of the duo had actually been bartending at Innovation Brewing when we were there. We went to Evolution Wine Kitchen on April 1st and heard Bird in Hand who provided the soundtrack for this music video highlighting our time in NC.
Finally, we had a great last weekend in Asheville with our niece Rita and her husband Richie. Beers and BBQ on Friday night in Asheville. Saturday, a trip to Hunter Banks Fly Shop on Saturday followed by a late lunch at the Sierra Nevada Brewery. What a great way to end up our NC Ramble.
Ms. Carolina, Don’t Forget Us! We won’t forget you!!!