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Hot + dry = tough fishing

A successful trout-fishing outing during hot and dry summer conditions depends on three factors: when you fish, where you fish and how you fish.

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August 12 at 9:00 am
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Make a meal of trout

To keep or not to keep a trout is sometimes a question and sometimes a dilemma.

†Conservation-based groups such as Trout Unlimited are militant in their approach to trout fishing: release, never keep. As a long-time member of Trout Unlimited, I appreciate its diligence in preserving trout and untiring work to improve trout habitat. I just don’t embrace the strict catch-and-release policy.

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July 12 at 9:00 am
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From stem to stern - Three days, three distinct Oconaluftee fisheries

The Oconaluftee River is widely considered one of the top trout streams in North Carolina’s mountains, offering a mix of wild rainbow trout and a smaller population of brown trout in its upper reaches and large stocked trout in the lower section. It is also a rarity in that is has three distinct fisheries.

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June 12 at 9:00 am
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Sample Cherokee waters for trout fishing

Cherokee Reservation Enterprise Waters are well known as some of the best catch-and-keep trout fisheries in North Carolina’s mountains, offering generous creel limits and heavily stocked streams.†

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May 12 at 9:00 am
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Beware of rock snot - Unwanted algae shows up in WNC streams

Something nasty this way comes — to paraphrase novelist Ray Bradbury — an alga called “rock snot” that creates carpet-like mats on stream bottoms, smothering aquatic organisms that trout and other fish depend on for sustenance.

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April 12 at 9:00 am
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Spring trout are hard to beat

Beginning around the middle of March and continuing through May, brown, rainbow, and brook trout become active and hungry, and mountain anglers enjoy some of the best trout fishing of the year.

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March 12 at 9:00 am
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A fisherís primer on flies

Fishers have been fooling trout into taking artificial flies since the days of ancient Macedonia — and probably much longer — and that practice has changed very little in the intervening years.

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February 12 at 9:00 am
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Donít you dare delay - Delayed-harvest is a winter anglerís dream

If you want to catch good numbers of trout in the winter, head for a delayed-harvest stream. These streams are heavily stocked in October and November, and fishing remains good throughout the cold months. Streams are stocked again for the spring season beginning in March, and some stockings continue through early summer.

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January 12 at 9:00 am
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