But on to the fishing. We drove from our campground about 20 miles to the Upper Nantahala River. It is a small clear stream with great accessibility and all public, so for a change fishing access is easy and plentiful. We saw quite a few other fishermen enjoying the river and the fine weather. This river is classified as Delayed Harvest, so right now you call only use a lure with one hook, no bait, etc, and you can only catch and release, just perfect for what we had in mind. Also the water levels are controlled by a dam as this is called tailwater, so is very consistent. We fished on 2 different days and were successful on both, always a terrific thing.
|A shot of the beautiful river|
|One of our first day fish|
|One of Jan's successes|
|What a beautiful spot, huh?|
|Yay, got one|
|One of mine|
And after getting out of the campground in Marble, Valley River, we drove the coach up to Mt Airy, NC to the Mayberry Campground. It is large, quite nice, friendly people with some large pull throughs and convenient to the interstate. We are here only 2 nights, and did a quick overview of Mt Airy which is the home of Andy Griffith, so there are lots of Andy Griffith Show memorabilia in town. Andy's cop cars are everywhere giving tours, Floyd's barber shop, etc.
After looking around in town we had a very enjoyable surprise visit with a former neighbor couple and friends of our's, Larry and Teresa. They own a beautiful lot in a motor coach resort nearby, and we took a chance and dropped in on them. They actually weren't there when we arrived but showed up shortly, and we spent a great time catching up and telling stories for a few hours. It is wonderful when paths cross with great friends!