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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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March still offers options

Prime spring fishing is just around the corner, as mountain streams begin warming up, and brown trout, rainbow trout and brook trout become active and hungry, eager to gobble up the abundant spring hatches. It’s a time when anglers enjoy some of the best trout fishing of the year.

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March 19 at 9:00 am
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Donít forget trout lakes

Western North Carolina and South Carolina’s Upstate have dozens of lakes with fair to excellent populations of trout. Some of these lakes, especially smaller ones, are classified as hatchery-supported waters and are regularly stocked with catchable-size fish in the spring and † † winter. In larger reservoirs, both stocked and wild trout enter the lakes via tributaries.

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February 19 at 9:00 am
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Dry weather is a variable

Western North Carolina and South Carolina’s Upstate had the driest summer and fall on record, seasons marked by scores of wildfires, closures of state parks, burning bans and water restrictions.

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January 19 at 9:00 am
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Go to nymphs in winter

Although spring is undoubtedly the ideal season to fish for mountain trout, winter fishing also has its merits. What most discover is that they catch fewer, but larger, fish. The downside of winter fishing, particularly during the bitter cold of January and February, is that the fishing can test an angler’s mettle and patience.

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December 19, 2016 at 9:00 am
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Cool weather is welcome

After a record dry and hot summer, fall has arrived in the mountains, bringing cooler weather and, hopefully, improved trout-fishing conditions.

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November 19, 2016 at 9:00 am
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