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Farmers’ Markets T
he Watauga County Farmers’ Market will again be operating in the Horn in the West parking lot. This come after months of speculation about if the market would have to relocate. Last year, the Wednesday market, which opens in June, operated out of the Kmart parking lot in Boone and this was not a popular location according to many High Country residents. The Wednesday market will operate again this summer, but the times and location of the event are still being reviewed. According to Tori Cox, the new market manager, as many as 75 vendors are expected to set up on opening day. The farmers’ market will open on May 5 and will be open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Other High Country farmers’ markets are also starting their 2012 seasons and there are plenty of places to choose from.
• Blowing Rock Farmers’ Market: Opening May 17. Located on Wallingford Street in downtown Blowing Rock, the market will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. every Thursday. • Valle Crucis Farmers’ Market: Opening May 30. Located at the Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, the market will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday. • Banner Elk Farmers’ Market: Opened April 19. Located on Tate Lawn at Lees-McRae College, the market will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. every Thursday. • Avery County Farmers’ Market: Opening
Trout Fishing W
ith the arrival of spring comes the arrival of fishing season in the High Country. Trout fishing is a great recreational sport that attracts hundreds of anglers to the High Country. In order to hit the waters you will need the proper gear, a fishing license and knowledge of what the regulatory fishing signs you will come across mean. The waters are broken up into four major categories. • Catch and Release: These regulations are year round. No trout may be harvested or possessed. Only artificial fly lures having one single hook may be used. • Hatchery Supported: These regulations apply for most of the year, with the exception of the month of March until the first Saturday in April. These are the least restrictive regulations. There are no bait restrictions or fish size limit restrictions, but there is a seven harvested fish per day limit.
Local Outfitters Foscoe Fishing Company and Outfitters 8857 Highway 105 South, Boone (828) 963-6556 foscoefishing.com 12
• Wild: These regulations are year round. You may only harvest four fish per day and those fish must be at least seven inches long. Only single-hook artificial lures may be used. • Delayed Harvest: Between October 1 and the first Saturday in June, trout can be caught but must be immediately released. You may only use single-hook artificial lures. After the first Saturday in June, Hatchery Supported regulations apply. There are many different licenses available to fish in North Carolina. These can be purchased at several local bait and tackle shops and also at Walmart.
Appalachian Angler 174 Old Shull’s Mill Rd., Boone (828) 963-5050 appangler.com Rivergirl Fishing Co. 4041 Railroad Grade Rd., Todd (336) 877-3099
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rivergirlfishing.com Grandfather Trout Farm 10767 Highway 105 South, Banner Elk (828) 963-5098 grandfathertroutfarm.com Elk Creek Outfitters
June 16. Located between CVS and the Department of Social Services building in Newland, the market will be open from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday. • Ashe County Farmers’ Market: Opened April 14. Located on Backstreet in downtown West Jefferson, the market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. Farmers’ markets are a High Country tradition and a great way to shop local while finding quality products at reasonable prices.
By Paul T. Choate For residents: • 10-day basic license: $5 • 1-year basic license: $15 • Lifetime inland fishing license: $250 For non-residents: • 10-day basic license: $10 • 1-year basic license: $30 • Lifetime Sportsman hunting/inland fishing (ages 1-11): $350 • Lifetime Sportsman hunting/inland fishing (ages 12 and up): $1,000 If you choose not to buy a license, you can still fish at the Grandfather Trout Farm in Banner Elk, where no license is required. Fish cleaning is also available at the trout farm and trout cost $5.95 per pound at live weight. Whether it is for sport or for supper, fishing for trout is an activity that everyone can enjoy. Fishing is also an inexpensive hobby, and with the Wildlife Commission in Watauga County releasing more than 30,000 trout each year it is easy to get your big catch.
1560 Highway 105, Boone (828) 264-6497 ecoflyfishing.com Watauga River Anglers 5712 Highway 105 South, Vilas (828) 963-5463 wataugariveranglers.com
By Paul T. Choate Trophy Water Guide Service 130 Morningside Dr., Boone (828) 386-1040 trophywaterguideservice.com Village Hardware 312 Green St., Blowing Rock (828) 295-9023