Green River Stocking
Team Leader Ken Brady
The next time that you hook into one of those feisty trout on the Green River, or some other Delayed Harvest waters, just consider that the fish was probably first handled by a member of Pisgah Chapter Of Trout Unlimited (PCTU). The Delayed Harvest program is a partnership between NCWRC* and Trout Unlimited to ensure that quality fishing is available on streams which would otherwise not sustain year round fishing pressure. Unlike the Hatchery Supported streams where fish are just dumped in from a truck, the Delayed Harvest streams are stocked by TU volunteers who carry buckets of fish down to the stream and disperse them throughout the length of the DH section. NCWRC designates these sections as Catch & Release for the duration of the DH season, October through May. This stocking is done 5 times from October through May. The volunteers follow the hatchery truck along the length of the river, and disperse the trout. It provides a chance to really scout the river, and to know where the fish were placed in the water. The result is a stream that fishes much like a Wild Trout stream. When the task is done, after a couple of hours, we usually meet in Saluda for a BBQ lunch, and some exchanges of tall tales.
So, be on the lookout for the announcement of the dates of stocking, usually around the first part of the stocking months, and come to Fish Top Access on the Green for some good fellowship, and some light work carrying those fish down to the river. We usually meet at 10:00 AM, and stand around talking until the hatchery truck arrives somewhere from 10:30 to 11:00. Then we do the job, and go to lunch. This is the best way to learn the stream.