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Fishing the Blue ribbon area on the Eleven Point and the NFOW,

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29 minutes ago, snagged in outlet 3 said:

It's my opinion.  I just don't think it's all that and I've fished it dozens of times. 

I've been there enough times to pick others ahead of it too.  The purists are all ate up naturally reproducing trout.  Which is a coolness factor I have to admit.  You'll never find me there on a summer weekend though.  Last time we did that with family it was not pleasant.  At all.  Pretty much true of most rivers these days though.  Sadly.

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3 hours ago, Flysmallie said:

I'm going with Gavin on this one. There are some good spots accessible by land but I like the ones that aren't. 

I like them too. Like them alot, but all of my most successful days on NFoW have been days where no floating was involved.  

It's just a matter of approaching a riffle/run and taking the time to disect it properly. Whereas everyone that floats tends to just hit areas briefly....and move on to the next one.  There are 7 spots to park a vehicle between the access above Kelly bridge (forget the name) and Sunburst, and only two of them is "so-so", the others are excellent spots to fish.  And only 2 of them might cost a few bucks depending on who you know and how well you know them. 

Once AGAIN my comments got taken definitive and to the extreme.  I never said that floating NFoW was a total waste of time, I simply said that you can catch just as many, OR MORE, fish without ever stepping in a boat, providing that the river isn't running too high.  The need to float if you just want to have a good day fishing is not a thing there.   That's all.

And I'll back that "profound statement" up with the offer of a delicious Ruben and beers (once Dawt restaurant opens back up).  Any takers? 😊

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I have a friend who does nothing but fly fishing for trout, and is as good at it as anyone I've ever seen.  From what he's said, the North Fork was just about the best trout river in the state for a several year period until the huge flood that tore out those bridges.  It hasn't fished anywhere near as well since...in fact, he says it's maybe one fifth as good as it was before.  And when I fished it with him summer before last, the last time I was on it, I really noticed the lack of tree cover along the banks through most of the trout water.  This was still early, like late May, and the water temps were already well up into the 70s by the time you got to Dawt Mill; that lack of shade was really messing up the river.  He said that the best fishing was now within the first few miles below the springs.  I actually gave up on the trout about halfway through our float down to Dawt, and started fishing for bass (it wasn't all that great, either).

There are just too many people fishing for them these days, though, and the word gets out about one stream fishing well and then it gets pounded by everybody at once.  Current River was amazing with big browns a few years back...then some guys who kept every big one they caught started pounding it, plus a hot summer moved some of the big browns up into Montauk, where the nimrods cleaned them out.  It hasn't fished the same since.  I know where I'd fish for trout right now, but I ain't telling.

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14 hours ago, Al Agnew said:

There are just too many people fishing for them these days, though, and the word gets out about one stream fishing well and then it gets pounded by everybody at once.  Current River was amazing with big browns a few years back...

Tru dat!  Somebody posted a facebook account on a here a couple years ago where the guy was keeping a bunch of browns...To mount!!😫

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See Al !      Y'all should have gotten out of the boat on those fast spots instead of blowing through them.  😊👍 

I honestly haven't been on it since 2017 but I've talked to several that have, and I have seen videos that were made since then.  I think there are still plenty of fish there, and the hiking/wading looks like it is a bit easier now.

On the NFoW if you are right on the verge of getting swept off your feet then odds are you are standing in a good spot to catch a fish.

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