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Walleye: a great import

Walleye are not indigenous to the southern Appalachians, but they have established themselves as a popular gamefish, second only to smallmouth bass.†

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November 19 at 9:00 am
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Brown is the color of fall

In late September, autumn eases into the mountains with the first dull-red coloring of sourwood, dogwood and sumac leaves. Joe Pye weed, ironweed, asters, goldenrod and oxeye daisies brighten fields, pastures and roadsides in a dazzling array of colors: deep purple, lavender, pale blue and bright yellow. Tart fox grapes and fragrant muscadines hang in heavy clusters from ropey vines. Ripe hickory nuts, buckeyes and acorns spatter the forest floor. Mountain peaks and ranges, once obscured by summer haze, stand out clear and distinct as far as the eye can see.

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October 19 at 9:00 am
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Summer spared streams

The summer of 2017 has been a far cry from 2016, when a record drought reduced many trout streams in North Carolina and South Carolina to trickles. Abundant spring and summer rains have rejuvenated streams and, best of all, the trout fishing.

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September 19 at 9:00 am
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A park you can count on

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. The park has some great wild-trout streams, and the best ones are in the North Carolina section of the park.

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August 19 at 9:00 am
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Get buggy for trout

Summer is the season of bugs, all kinds of bugs, the ones that crawl, fly or hop: beetles, inchworms, grasshoppers, crickets, bees, ants, caterpillars, crane flies, fireflies. No matter what kind of insect it is, you can find a fly that imitates it closely enough to make a trout believe it’s the real thing.

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July 19 at 9:00 am
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Catch-and-release? Yes!

More and more people are taking up the fine sport of trout fishing, but unfortunately, we aren’t adding new trout streams or growing more trout. Even remote, backcountry trout streams are getting more fishing pressure than ever.

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June 19 at 9:00 am
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So much water to fish

The early Cherokee marked the beginning of the trout fishing season when trout lilies began blooming along mountain streams in early April. One of the earliest blooming spring wildflowers, the trout lily, with its yellow blooms, is aptly named because of the mottled, flat leaves that resemble the markings on the bodies of brook trout.

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May 19 at 9:00 am
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Gorgesí rivers are tops

The Jocassee Gorges, covering 43,000 acres in the mountains of North Carolina and South Carolina, is a place of such wild and scenic beauty that National Geographic designated it as one of its “50 destinations of a lifetime.”

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April 19 at 9:00 am
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