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Old 07-22-2012, 11:12 AM
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The other day my girl and i went to Wilson Creek near Morganton N.C. the area itself was a very beautiful place but when i got down near the creek to my disgust it was a very trash filled littered pathetic place that it hurt my heart to know that people would destroy such a beautiful stream and canyon. The 2.2 miles of gorge looked very nice from the dirt road but never in my life have i seen a creek so trashed up in my life and it is considered part of the Pisgah National Forest too where is the park rangers?. i took one small bag of trash out with me but i left that day to go homeso i could do no more . i hate to think fisherman did this to this stream but if they did they need to stay home and trash up their home not natures home.
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Hi Sean,

This is a recurring theme that will never end. Such behavior is not the result of true outdoors men & women but the litter can be found anywhere you go. All that you can do is to conduct yourself in an honorable fashion and when possible try to make a difference.

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That's the reason I bring a roll of large trashbags in my pack when I head out. Good on you for packing what you could out with you, but I have heard talk of fishermen giving up steelhead fishing altogether because of the amount of trash they encounter.
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I pack a couple of plastic grocery bags in my vest for streamside trash. People don't always bring their moms to clean up after them..
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I too bring garbage bags with me anywhere I go fishing. One bag for me and a couple extra's for all those slobs that tend to enjoy nature but not help to keep it clean. It really bothers me to hike down to some of my favorite stretches of water only to encounter empty coffee cups, bug repellant canisters, and beer cans / bottles lying around everywhere. The worst part is, it becomes almost routine to sacrifice some of my fishing time to clean up garbage left behind by someone else. It would be nice to one day go down for a fishing session without having to perform what feels like community service.
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:34 AM
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Guess I got lucky. Went fishing Saturday morning and there was nothing to pick up! I had taken out perhaps 3-4 pounds the time I fished this stretch before. Either no one fished it between trips or they just happened to be good people.

Hopefully it gets better. My daughter will be 3 in a few weeks. Saturday evening we went downtown to eat. As we walked down the sidewalk she kept running up to her mother or aunt asking for a "Tas can". She was picking up garbage!! Of course a block later a McDonalds cup came out the window of a passing car. Lets see, a 3 yr old is capable of picking up trash but....
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Trash is such a problem it's just people who are to lazy to pickup after them selves can you imagine how the live if they do that at home.
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I can imagine their lives. My wife used to really enjoy the TV show "Hoarders". Don't remember what channel it was on but some of those folks were... well lets just say it was surprising sometimes that they weren't diseased with some of what they were living in.
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That **** is everywhere unfortunately....
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I can't help but wonder that with all the rain storms we've had lately you're seeing much of the results of it.
Every piece of trash that may have layed buried in the weeds and rocks upstream of the gorge were more than likely washed downstream during the deluges. That area is usually quite clean with only the normal low-lifes **** laying around.
You want to see pitiful amounts of junk put near the river purposely, float the Watauga in the spring. It looks like the locals are still of the mindset that if they push those tires, refridgerators and broken toilets hard enough down the bank that they can't see them, they stopped existing.
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