Outdoor Journal

The Greatest: Diamond Brand Outdoors in Arden will host a free premiere of the new Chris Gallaway film, The Green Race Movie, on Friday, Oct. 5.

Viewers need not be paddlers to feel the thrill. The film starts at 7:30 p.m.—be there. For more information visit www.thegreenracemovie.com or call the store at 251-4668.

Don’t strain it, attain it: In other Diamond Brand news, the outfitter will play host on Friday, Oct. 12, to the Whitewater Attainment Race at the Ledges Whitewater Park on Riverside Drive in Asheville. The event begins at 5 p.m. and is not for the faint of pectorals.

“This is an exciting and physically challenging event because the participants compete on a demanding upstream course through the rapids of the French Broad River,” says James Trombley, who astute readers will recognize from the preceding entry.

The race is a warm-up of sorts for the Green River Race, slated for Saturday, Nov. 3. To learn more, call 251-4668 and ask for Trombley.

A river ran through it: The drought that hammered our mountains last summer hasn’t abated, leading state fisheries officials to cut their trout-stocking plans in half.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission claims the stocking reductions are just temporary measures aimed at increasing the survivability of the stocked fish until conditions improve, providing it ever rains around here again.

“Because stream levels are extremely low right now, it makes sense for us to adjust trout stockings accordingly,” says Kyle Briggs, fish-production supervisor with the commission. The original plan was to stock 213,000 fish. Visit www.ncwildlife.org for the whole dismal story.

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