Blessed with excellent trout waters

I have said it before, “It’s impossible to catch a rainbow trout in an ugly place.”

I learned how to catch trout on the Eleven Point River. Catching these fish in the waters of the Eleven Point hooked me from the start.

Richard Whiteside

I had always been a smallmouth fisherman and a fairly good one, so I simply went with what I knew and applied it to trout. 

I remember the first time I float-fished the Eleven Point. It was late in the summer at Greer Crossing put-in. Lightly loaded for three days, I had my chocolate lab and 19 foot square-stern Grumman canoe.

I went with 6-pound line and a crawdad bomber crankbait that dove about 2 feet deep. I stopped at the old stair steps on the left below Greer and began to wade fish in the late afternoon shadows. The entire river was all mine. 

The waters of the Eleven Point, along with the solitude, had me hypnotized. Her beauty had me from the beginning. Staying focused on fishing was impossible with this river’s beauty. 

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