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Spring trout are mountain blessings

Beginning around the middle of March and continuing through May, mountain streams start warming up, browns, rainbows and brook trout become active and hungry, and mountain anglers enjoy some of the best trout fishing of the year.

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Yesterday at 9:00 am
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Trout in the Ides of March

March can be a fickle month. One day it’s, typical spring weather: warm and sunny. The next day, it’s typical winter weather: cold and dreary. It just can’t seem to make up its mind on whether to be spring or winter.

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March 19 at 9:00 am
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Fly-fishing museum gets a new life

After losing its lease in a building in downtown Cherokee, N.C., and not being offered an alternative site by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians has re-established itself in nearby Bryson City.

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February 19 at 9:00 am
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Spinning fishing: A happy medium

Die-hard fly fishers, some of them, are scornful of bait fishers, portraying them as low-brow fish killers who consume every trout they catch. Bait fishers, some of them, are equally scornful of fly fishers, considering them elitists who catch fish not to eat but to release.

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January 19 at 9:00 am
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Panthertown Valley is special for wild trout

Deep in picturesque Panthertown Valley, flanked by massive rock cliffs and high wooded ridges, the Tuckasegee River begins, formed by the junction of Greenland and Panthertown creeks. This is brook trout country, and the streams are like no other mountain headwaters streams.

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December 19, 2017 at 9:00 am
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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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 at 9:00 am
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