David Allen Joy


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An evening chill was setting in as a breeze swept down Chastine Creek in northeastern Jackson County in western North Carolina, but I wasn’t ready to leave. Goosebumps and a few shivers were not enough to drive me from the sound of running water. Read more


Snow fell the night before in Jackson County, North Carolina, and was supposed to continue all day, but in Cullowhee, midday temperatures rose, melting white powder into muddy puddles and leaving nothing more than patches in the coolest shadows. Read more



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In all of my years talking to other fly fishermen, there are only a few who have shared my passion for native fish. One of those people is friend and author, Ron Rash. Still calling them specks, a word passed to him through thick Appalachian roots. Read more