As spring time arrives here in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, many people are dusting off their fly rods and waders for a day on the river. With fish being stocked monthly, some of my favorite winter time fishing spots are greeted with crowds of enthusiastic anglers looking to hook into that stocked fish of a lifetime. Not me. I turn to the smallest trickles and streams deep in the mountains in search of untouched beauty, tranquility, and feisty wild fish.Those of you in Western North Carolina who don’t want to fight the crowds along the river should consider seeking out the state’s native and wild populations of Brook, Rainbow, and Brown trout. You won’t need much to catch these mountain gems, but you will need a map and a sense of adventure to get to your destination.Be sure to brush up on your “bow and arrow” casting before heading off into the thick jungles of rhododendron. Pack plenty of dry flies and light tippet. I prefer using as small as 6 or 7x, though it is not necessarily needed.A short, light weight rod, such as a 7’6″ 2 weight is best suited for these treks in my opinion. Sometimes a short rod can make the difference between hooking up and going home with a tale of the one that got away.One final thing to remember: always tell someone where you’re going. In my experience, most of these streams are found far beyond the reaches of cell phone reception.The next time you head out to chase trout, don’t rule out wild fish. You might just find a new love and appreciation for the tight line.Evan Norris is an avid fly fisherman, a guide at Brookings’ Anglers, and our first contributor for “Fridays on the Fly”. When he’s not out discovering new wild trout waters all over the mountains of Western North Carolina, he can often be found on his Chattooga River home waters near the town of Cashiers, NC.[divider]Read More Fridays on the Fly[/divider]
London: Perennial dark horses New Zealand are characteristically lying low, hoping to give another impactful performance at the World Cup and the “underdog” tag augers well for them, said former all-rounder James Franklin. Last edition’s finalist, New Zealand have reached the semi-final of the World Cup seven times. A team known to always punch above its weight, the Black Caps have tried every trick in the book to lay hands on their maiden title.”New Zealand are in a sweet spot. No-one’s talking about us too much. We’re forever the underdogs and that suits us quite well,” Franklin, who has made 15 World Cup appearances for New Zealand, said at the official tournament opening here on Wednesday.Since the last ODI World Cup, New Zealand have climbed as high as second in the ICC ODI rankings.”We haven’t been leading the world, I think England have been in front in recent years, but we’ve still been playing very consistent cricket,” Franklin said. New Zealand have landed in the United Kingdom on the back of a 3-0 series win against Bangladesh at home. They humbled tournament favourites India in their opening warm-up game before facing a massive 91-run defeat to the West Indies.”If we can get some form going over the next few weeks, there’s no reason why New Zealand couldn’t go on and win the World Cup,” Franklin said.”I think the New Zealand public and team will be confident they can go deep into the tournament,” he added.Talking about the skipper, Franklin said Kane Williamson’s captaincy mirrors his batting – efficient and world class.”I think Kane has a quietness about him, but he’s assertive and he knows what he wants.”In terms of his leadership, his batting is probably a reflection of it. It’s methodical, but sneakily efficient and world-class. I think his captaincy is exactly the same. I don’t think he’s a Brendon McCullum-style leader, when you see everything and it’s attacking,” he said.”Kane is measured, but knows exactly how he wants to manage his bowlers, his batsmen and what he wants New Zealand cricket to achieve,” Franklin added. highlights New Zealand upstaged India in warm up game. New Zealand will play its first league game against Bangladesh. Kane Williamson will be leading the side for first time. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.