Location: In the Dupont State Forest, Transylvania County, NC not far from Brevard, NC.
Directions: From Asheville, take I-240 west to I-26 east to the exit for Asheville Airport (exit 40). Head south (right) on NC 280 (4-lane highway) toward Brevard for 16 miles. Turn left on US 64 East and drive 3.7 miles. Turn right on Crab Creek Road. Drive 4.3 miles and turn right on Dupont Road. The road will climb and change names to Staton Road, then begin a long downhill, at the bottom of which is the bridge over the Little River. The parking area is on the right just before the bridge.
Description: The Little River has to be one of the more picturesque DH fishing spots in the area. Several of the better holes are located beneath the beautiful Triple and Upper Falls. Expect lots of non-fishing company on the weekends and during high tourist season as many folks are drawn to the natural beauty of this lovely stretch of water. Bring your camera. There are a lot of “Kodak moments.”
Tactics: The stream is stocked by volunteers and NC Park Service “Gators” from near the parking lot up to the pool beneath the Upper Falls. Look for footpaths where you’d be willing to carry a 5-gallon bucket full of fish! Elbow room can be limited so be prepared to share or wait if you’ve got your heart set on a popular spot. A standard assortment of streamers, attractor nymphs, egg patterns and few attractor dries will get you by.
Other: The Dupont State Forest has lots to offer other than just fishing. Angling can easily be combined with some hiking or biking in the area. It’s also a great place for a picnic. BE CAREFUL around the falls. There is a lot of slick ledge rock and when the flow is up, the river is really powerful. So use your head and don’t end up experiencing the falls the hard way!