Trout Fishing in the Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina offers the perfect destination for trout fishing!!! Not kidding!!!!!!!!  Fishing in the Smoky mountains, there’s over 2,000 miles of public trout fishing waters here.  Great spots for both stream and lake trout fishing. Whether you want to fish on the shore, in waders or on the boat, there are many, hundreds of prime spots to match your preferences.

Fantastic big trout in these Smoky mountain waters are just waiting to bite.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has done a marvelous job in caring for these waters and also the wildlife both in and around the waters. Pristine fishing spots!!! Angler’s heaven!!!

And fishing in the smoky mountains, you will never get bored, the scenery you will be exposed to as you fish is like none other.

 More Important Information on Smoky Mountain Perch Fishing

Two of the most popular fishing spots for perch in the Smoky Mountains are: Nantahala and French Broad rivers. These are great spots but sometimes overcrowded, the good thing is there are hundreds of other great streams and lakes to fish for perch in the Smoky Mountains.

How do you find your perfect location to fish? Any angler should know just talk to the local baits shops. Or you can also visit this site to learn more about mountain fishing in North Carolina. This is a very nice informative site.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission take very good care of the fish life in the Smoky mountains. There are two differences in the types of waters you can fish here, based on Wildlife Commissions rules.

1. Hatchery Trout Waters – these type of waters are full of fish and less restricted rules. There’s no size limit or bait restrictions here. These types of waters are open from April to the end of February.

2. Delayed Harvest Waters – Fishing these types of waters is restricted to catch and release from October to early June.  After the first Saturday in June to the end of September there is a seven fish limit. There is no bait or size restrictions from June to Sept.

To learn more and the most current information the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has on mountain trout in North Carolina.

I spent a night in jail in my waders, trust me its good to be informed on the rules.

Wine Tasting Riesling at Westbend Vineyards

If you never plan to visit Westbend Vineyards in Lewisville, North Carolina but enjoy a good Riesling you may still learn a couple useful bits of information here to help make the best possible purchase of this wine type. But if you do plan to visit this North Carolina winery, I’m writing this to recommend adding this wine to your wine tasting.

The Riesling packaging must be right or I just say no.

For me to give any respect to a Riesling, for me to even consider tasting it, the packaging must be correct.

Any self respecting winery will package their Riesling correctly. What do I mean by correct packaging:

  1. Green
  2. Brown
  3. Cobalt Blue

The bottle must be one of these three colors. Use of these colored wine bottles for this wine is German tradition, the country the wine originated. Westbend Vineyards does package their Riesling correctly, in a taller, thinner cobalt blue bottle, a traditional bottle. Very pleasing to the eye.

I can’t tell you how many times I have seen this wine being sold in a plain old red wine bottle. If something as simple as the bottle type is incorrect then this should throw up red flags in your head about the quality of this German wine inside the bottle.

One compliant about the packaging, instead real cork, a plastic cork is used.

Not too dry, not too sweet

It’s crisp and clean and there’s plenty of fruit going on. The Rielsing at Westbend Vineyards is a very, very good summer white wine. A dry white wine with just a hint of sugar. A well balance acid and sugar profile. A dry mineral finish.

Different aromas and tastes but the two that most stand out is apple and honey. Some more subtle pineapple and floral hints.

This is a wine you will definitely want to drink cold, the colder the better.

A bottle of this wine can be picked up for around $16.

Wine and Spicy foods

Riesling wines have a very broad food pairing profile. However, many people have difficulty finding a wine that pairs well with spicy and ethnic foods. This German white wine goes great with Middle Eastern, Mexican, and Cajun cuisines.

Brew and View Asheville – Pizza, Brew and Movies

brew and view asheville

Brew and View Asheville



If you’re just visiting Asheville, please don’t go to Brew and View!!! I warn you, if you do decide to not listen to my advice and go, you will have a great time but you will also be left wishing you had one of these in the city you’re from. So stay away and save yourself the heart break :cry:.

What is Brew and View Asheville?

Ok maybe its a 4.8 or a 4.9 rating but I love this place, the inside is amazing, so I gave it a 5 out of 5 star rating!!

For one, this is a pizza heaven. Voted the best pizza in western North Carolina. Giant pizzas, with cheese and toppings dripping off the side, you will not be able to control this. After eating a pizza here you will never be able to eat a frozen pizza out of your freeze again, so save yourself.

But a visit here is about more than the best pizza in North Carolina!!!

The beers!!! Handcrafted. This place has some of the best beers you can get in the entire state of North Carolina!!! Great place for beer drinkers who also love pizza. Or just beer drinkers who like to drink beer :-P.

But what else is here?

Brew and View is also a great place to catch a movie, hence the word VIEW in its name. They showcase some of the most current and best movies. And guess what… The tickets are cheap!!! Like $3 to see a movie. This is a family friendly environment so you can take the kids.

Brew and View in Asheville has two different locations:

  1. 675 Merrimon Avenue, North Asheville
  2. 77 Coxe Avenue, Downtown Asheville

If you’re searching for “Brew and View” in Asheville, this was the original name of the establishment that’s now, Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company. You got it right, the locals still call it by the old name.

It doesn’t matter what you call it, this is the best place in Asheville and the state for pizza, beer and movies!!!

Visit the official Brew and View site.

The Lake Norman Festival

The third annual Lake Norman Festival takes place, Saturday, Oct 20th 2012. Lasting from noon to 6 pm. Volunteers from the  North Mecklenburg Rotary club will be working the event. The event has been both great fun and successful raising money for good causing the past two years, we expect nothing less this year.

The event will take place under tents on the lawn of the former Palace theater. But of course you will not be required to stay under the tents, you can also enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Lake Norman area.

Join the fun on Lake Norman this Saturday, should be a great way to spend your Saturday afternoon. There will be live music performed the father and son team of  The Mike Underwood Band.

Plenty of wine, beer and food to enjoy and also a great time with all those who will be attending.

Over 2000 people attended last years event. And it was a great success raising over $7,000, which was donated to places such as: The Hope House Foundation and Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen.

Both wineries and breweries from around the will be at the event.  As of right now 8 wineries and breweries will be at the event such as: Daveste Vineyards, West Bend Vineyards and Brewery, Round Peak Vineyard, Birdsong Brewery to name a few. And others are expected to be signing-up to participate.

There will also be plenty of food at this event. A wide variety of food to choose from, as different food vendors will be serving the hungry crowd. to name a few, Smoke & Go BBQ, Sahlen’s Hot Dogs & Sausages, La Pasadita Mexican Fare and Clover Joe’s will be there serving food.

Tickets for this event are $25 per person and $22 if you bring a canned food. For this admission price you will get unlimited tastings of the wine and beer and also a souvenir glass.

But you will have to purchase the food form the vendors. This is a great charitable event, hope to see you there.

If you are interested in learning about the different wineries in North Carolina, you can find information on our homepage.