• Head for the Mountains

    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
    Trout in high-elevation reservoirs in both Carolinas tend to grow faster and larger than their stream-bound cousins. This brook trout is a good example.

    Don’t forget trout lakes

    Many mountain reservoirs are trout havens
    February 19, 2017 at 9:00am
    Summer and fall drought conditions have left a lot of mountain streams at lower levels, but fishing hasn’t suffered.

    Dry weather is a variable

    Severe drought hasn’t affected trout fishing
    January 19, 2017 at 9:00am
    Bigger streams or lake tributaries are great places to find larger brown trout in winter.

    Go to nymphs in winter

    Slow, deep presentations can produce trout
    December 19, 2016 at 9:00am
    Productive fly patterns for late fall and early winter include (top, left to right) bead-head Prince, bead-head Pheastant Tail, bead-head Hare’s Ear,   (bottom, left to right): brown Caddis, parachute Adams, parachute Blue-Winged Olive.

    Cool weather is welcome

    Late fall brings on some great trout fishing
    November 19, 2016 at 9:00am