Head for the Mountains
|Big Snowbird: No. 1?
163 Views - Posted: November 11 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.
|Nymphs: the cool flies
379 Views - Posted: October 15 at 9:00 am
If you want to catch trout when hatches are few or nonexistent, use a nymph.
|Rain will mean great fall
299 Views - Posted: September 12 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.
|Take a kid fishing
226 Views - Posted: August 16 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.
|The other WNC fish
389 Views - Posted: July 15 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.
|Bless the wild brook trout
475 Views - Posted: June 18 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.
|One county’s trout magic
507 Views - Posted: May 20 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.
|Spring is rebirth of trout
459 Views - Posted: April 18 at 9:00 am
Spring is a magical time in the mountains, a time when dogwoods bud and the reddish-pink flowers of redbuds and white and pale pink flowers of serviceberry trees reach full bloom. Wildflowers break through the tangle of dead weeds, stems, decaying leaves and other debris as extended sunlight warms the earth. The delicate blues, stark whites, pinks and yellows of hepatica, windflower, trout lily, wood anemone, spring beauty, bloodroot and a variety of violets and trillium brighten trails, stream banks and forest edges.
|Deep Creek is a jewel
932 Views - Posted: March 18 at 9:00 am
Deep Creek near Bryson City is one of the more-accessible streams in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and one of the park’s most-popular ones. The stream is ideal for fly fishing: wide and shallow enough to wade in most places, with a satisfying mix of large, open pools, numerous shoals and plenty of pocket water. It is also noted for its large brown and rainbow trout.
|The other Nantahala
970 Views - Posted: February 18 at 9:00 am
The Nantahala River in Macon and Swain counties is primarily known for its challenging white-water rapids that attract paddlers — amateur as well as Olympic-class — by the thousands during the summer and fall, It is also widely recognized as one of the mountain area’s premier trout streams, so good that Trout Unlimited included it on its list of the top 100 trout streams in the United States — along with the Davidson River.
|A life-long fishing affair
1197 Views - Posted: January 21 at 9:00 am
I’ve had numerous romances, affairs, dalliances, one-time stands and flirtations over years — too many to care about counting. Only one do I return to time after time, the one that I never tire of, the one that always makes my heart and soul sing, my one true love: Santeetlah Creek in Graham County.
|Not ‘Tuck-ed’ away
1365 Views - Posted: December 24, 2012 at 9:00 am
A multifaceted stream, the Tuckasegee River begins at the junction of Panthertown and Greenland creeks in southeastern Jackson County and flows northwest through Jackson into Swain County, where it eventually flows into Fontana Reservoir.
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