Despite its designation as a Wild Trout stream (which allows only single-hook artificial lures,) this medium-sized tributary of the French Broad is heavily poached by bait anglers. Yet it consistently produces wild browns and rainbows in the 7- to 9-inch range, along with the occasional brook trout washed in from a private hatchery in its headwaters. Access is via State Road 1388, off Hwy. 64 in Selica. Above its junction with Kuykendall Creek, Cathey’s is moderately overgrown and requires short roll or bow-and-arrow casts. There is some private land above the 80-foot Cathey’s Creek Falls; please respect “No Trespassing” signs.
Directions from Brevard: Take US-64 West out of downtown for around 4 miles. Turn right onto Cathey’s Creek Road and veer left. Follow the narrow, very rugged gravel road for approximately three miles to Cathey’s Creek. Continue to access Cathey’s Creek Falls and other wading areas further upstream.