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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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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park's best streams for fishing

If you like getting away from the crowds, enjoy beautiful surroundings and don’t mind working for your trout, consider heading for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on your next trip to the western end of the state. The park has some great streams, and the best ones are on the North Carolina side.

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December 12, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Fish with slower presentation during cold spells

In the winter, when steams are icy cold and hatches are fewer, trout feed more below the surface than above. The action may be slower and less exciting than dry-fly fishing, but the quality of the fish usually is just as good. Fish have to eat regardless of the weather or stream conditions.

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November 12, 2015 at 9:00 am
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If itís brown, itís down

In early October, fall arrives in the mountains with the first dull-red coloring of sourwood, dogwood, and sumac leaves. By the middle of the month, the mountains are ablaze with color, and according to forecasts, this fall promises to be a spectacular color season.†

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October 12, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Drop a dropper on trout

Droppers give fly fishers the advantage of fishing a dry fly and a nymph at the same time, an especially effective measure when it’s not obvious how trout are feeding. The dry fly floats on the surface, and the nymph dangles in the water beneath it. The dry fly also functions as a strike indicator and makes less of a splash than commercial or homemade strike indicators.†

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September 14, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Adapt for August trout

Late-summer trout fishing requires a slow hand, patience and endurance. Hatches are fewer, and as water temperatures rise, trout seek cooler places in streams: undercut or overgrown banks and deep pools. When water levels drop, as they often do in August, trout are easily spooked.†

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August 13, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Sculpzilla: king streamer

Streamers are flies that imitate a variety of aquatic life, especially minnows, and when fly fishers fish big waters for big trout, they’ll usually tie on a streamer.

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July 13, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Home away from home

Throughout the mountains, public campgrounds are found in national parks, national forests and state parks, many of them located on trout streams or lakes. With very few exceptions, they’re well-maintained, clean, convenient and accessible. Standard amenities include flush toilets, freshwater outlets, pads for tents, picnic tables, fire rings — some with grills — and posts to hang lanterns. Some of the larger campgrounds even have hot-water showers. You can camp in a tent, a camper or an RV. Larger campgrounds have hook-ups for water and electricity.

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June 11, 2015 at 9:00 am
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