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Roger Lowe of Waynesville ties many of the traditional western North Carolina fly patterns. Patterns always changing
53 Views - Posted: April 14 at 9:00 am

Fly patterns constantly evolve as fly tiers originate new patterns and modify standard ones in an endless effort to find something that looks irresistible to a trout. 


Noland Creek is one of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park’s fine trout streams. Noland is a Smoky jewel
149 Views - Posted: March 14 at 9:00 am

Noland Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Swain County is typical of hundreds of prime trout streams that crisscross the park: remote, scenic and full of trout. 

The creek’s headwaters form high in the Smokies near Clingman’s Dome, and the creek flows south approximately 10 miles to the Tuckasegee River arm of Fontana Lake near Bryson City. As with most park streams, Noland has a mix of rainbow, brown and brook trout. Rainbows dominate the middle and upper sections, browns are limited mostly to the lower section, and brooks inhabit the headwaters.


Hazel Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of North Carolina’s best-known and best trout streams. Hazel Creek trout fishing
285 Views - Posted: February 12 at 9:00 am

At some time or other, anyone who claims to be a mountain trout fisher makes his or her way to Hazel Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to pay homage to one of the South’s most celebrated trout streams.  

Call it a pilgrimage, if you will, for Hazel Creek is a sacred place — remote, beautiful, accessible only by boat or foot, a stream that truly lives up to its legend. Horace Kephart once lived on a fork of this stream, until the loggers and miners ran him out. Hazel was a favorite of Granville Calhoun and Mark Cathey, two of the most-celebrated trout fishers in the Great Smokies. 


Trout are a little slower to feed in cold, winter water, but they’ll often warm up enough to hit nymphs, streamers or dries. Don’t ignore January fish
339 Views - Posted: January 15 at 9:00 am

In terms of weather, January and February are the roughest months of the year, a time when we get the coldest weather, along with snow and ice. Just because the weather is frightful doesn’t mean you can’t do something delightful — like go fishing. Like all living creatures, fish have to eat, regardless of the weather. The key to successful winter trout fishing is adapting to the weather and to the fish.


The Tuckasegee River has four miles of water in the state’s delayed-harvest program, which allows trout to be creeled only during the summer. Don’t delay, fish today
424 Views - Posted: December 11, 2013 at 9:00 am

Winter fishing is often iffy in the mountains. Get out on a stream on one of those rare, warm sunny days, and you’ll likely hit a Blue-Winged Olive or midge hatch, and the trout will be hitting. But if it’s one of those too-often cold, dreary days, you’ll spend much of your time trying to get a nymph in front of a trout’s nose and getting very little response. Trout just aren’t very active in old weather. Most often, it’s a matter of getting a fly to the trout instead of the trout coming to a fly.


An angler fishes the delayed-harvest section of Graham County’s Big Snowbird Creek. Big Snowbird: No. 1?
812 Views - Posted: November 11, 2013 at 3:00 am

Big Snowbird Creek in Graham County, considered by many veteran trout fishers as one of the best streams in the far western section of the state, now has four distinct fisheries. In July, a 2.8-mile section of hatchery-supported waters was re-designated as delayed-harvest waters.


Some popular fall nymphs include (l-r):
Hare’s Ear, Prince, Zug Bug, rubber-legged Girdlebug and Woolly Booger. Nymphs: the cool flies
721 Views - Posted: October 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

If you want to catch trout when hatches are few or nonexistent, use a nymph.


Wild brown trout like this one from the Cataloochie area, spawn in the fall and provide plenty of fishing action. Rain will mean great fall
556 Views - Posted: September 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

After a summer of torrential rains, frequent flooding and limited fishing opportunities, trout-fishing conditions are shaping up as the best in years for the fall. Streams are in excellent shape, with plenty of water and plenty of healthy, well-fed trout. 


Taking a child trout fishing for the first time can be a rewarding experience — for both parties. Take a kid fishing
409 Views - Posted: August 16, 2013 at 9:00 am
The first Saturday in June, delayed-harvest trout waters switch from catch-and-release to catch-and-keep fishing. Streams are crowded, and due to the large numbers of trout that have been stocked, just about everyone goes home with a limit of seven trout. Unfortunately, a few greedy scofflaws return for additional limits.

Most river smallmouth in WNC streams will run from one to two pounds, but bigger ones do show up occasionally. The other WNC fish
690 Views - Posted: July 15, 2013 at 9:00 am
Western North Carolina streams may be best known for trout, but many of the larger ones offer another excellent and often overlooked fishery: smallmouth bass. When it comes to action, few fish can match the fighting ability of a smallmouth, and to hook one using light spinning tackle or a fly rod has to be the angling equivalent of paradise.

Wild brook trout live in small, hard-to-reach streams high in the mountains, like Moses Creek. Bless the wild brook trout
758 Views - Posted: June 18, 2013 at 9:00 am
Brook trout are easy to locate and easy to catch; getting to them is the hard part. Native brooks inhabit the headwaters of mountain streams, the wild, hard-to-reach sections of creeks accessible only by foot where the water is pure and cold, places choked with rhododendron and mountain laurel.

Jackson County features a number of excellent trout streams, and tourism promoters have used that as a campaign to attract visitors. One county’s trout magic
775 Views - Posted: May 20, 2013 at 9:00 am
Jackson County is a rising star in the world of trout fishing. It has the longest and most popular delayed-harvest waters in the state. It has the first and only official Fly Fishing Trail, featuring 15 of the area’s finest trout streams, and it will soon have the distinction of joining the state’s Mountain Heritage Trout Waters program.

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