• Head for the Mountains

    A young angler works a section of the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County, one of North Carolina’s most-popular delayed-harvest trout streams.

    Delayed harvest: Trout for everyone

    Hungry, stocked fish in select, popular streams makes for a great time for anglers of all levels
    June 19 at 9:00am
    Rainbow trout have a varied diet and will eat anything they can capture. They routinely eat the larval, pupal and adult forms of aquatic insects, plus terrestrials that fall into the water. They will eat fish eggs, shrimp, crawfish and small fish up to one-third of their length.

    Four-of-a-kind basic trout flies for fly fishermen

    Wet and dry flies, nymphs and streamers all belong in a fly fisher’s fly box, and all can be very effective
    May 19 at 9:00am
    Sections of North Carolina’s Tuckasegee River are great spring destination for fishermen interested in taking trout on fly rods.

    Spring trout are mountain blessings

    April, May offer just about the best trout fishing you can imagine, and you don’t have to be an expert
    April 19 at 9:00am
    Start your fishing trips this month later in the day, after the sun has had a chance to warm the waters of trout streams and allow fish like this nice brown become more active.

    Trout in the Ides of March

    Part winter, part spring, the third month offers anglers interesting opportunities in mountain streams
    March 19 at 9:00am
    A former bank building in Bryson City is the new home of the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians.

    Fly-fishing museum gets a new life

    Swain County, Bryson City welcome history exhibits
    February 19 at 9:00am
    Three of the more popular spinners for trout are: (left to right) Mepps Aglia, Panther Martin and Ward’s Rooster Tail. Other effective spinning lures are Blue Fox, Thomas, Acme and Joe’s Flies.

    Spinning fishing: A happy medium

    Take a spinning outfit and a few lures with flashing blades to the stream and you’re set to go
    January 19 at 9:00am
    Greenland and Panthertown creeks and the headwaters of the Tuckasegee River hold a lot of awfully big wild brook trout.

    Panthertown Valley is special for wild trout

    Valley in NC mountains offers wild brook trout
    December 19, 2017 at 9:00am
    Most walleye caught in southern reservoirs are taken by deep-jigging with various spoons or jigs.

    Walleye: a great import

    Tasty member of perch family is mountain extra
    November 19, 2017 at 9:00am
    Brown trout will feed heavily as they make their big move upstream to spawn in the fall.

    Brown is the color of fall

    Spawning trout are an autumn adventure
    October 19, 2017 at 9:00am
    Excellent summer rains should have conditions in trout streams in excellent condition for fall outings, with trout like this brookie ready and waiting.

    Summer spared streams

    Good rains have trout waters in great shape
    September 19, 2017 at 9:00am
    Deep Creek holds a lot of nice brown trout, plus some fish that often approach 15 to 20 inches long.

    A park you can count on

    GSMNP is filled with top-drawer trout waters
    August 19, 2017 at 9:00am
    Trout always have a place on their menu for worms, real or fake (l-r): two Squirmy Worms, San Juan Worm, night crawlers.

    Get buggy for trout

    Terrestrials are No. 1 on a trout’s summer menu
    July 19, 2017 at 9:00am
    Keeping a fish you’ve landed at least partially in the water will lead to a better chance for a successful release.

    Catch-and-release? Yes!

    Returning wild fish to streams protects fisheries
    June 19, 2017 at 9:00am
    An angler fishes a North Carolina mountain stream that’s not designated as a trout stream but can still hold plenty of trout.

    So much water to fish

    Spring trout are in more streams than you know
    May 19, 2017 at 9:00am
    Streams in the Jocassee Gorges produce a lot of brown trout like this one.

    Gorges’ rivers are tops

    Whitewater, Thompson offer fly-fishers a treat
    April 19, 2017 at 9:00am
    Even though many streams are closed for stocking in March, there’s plenty of trout water still open for anglers in both Carolinas.

    March still offers options

    Despite some season closures, anglers can still fish
    March 19, 2017 at 9:00am