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Tying flies to replace ones you’ve lost or simply adding new patterns is a great task for too-cold-to-fish days. Don’t waste the winter
393 Views - Posted: January 12 at 9:00 am

January and February usually are the harshest months, with cold, ice and snow, but the sun shines frequently enough, even in the dead of winter, to provide pleasant fishing respites from the cold. On those gloomy days when you can’t go fishing, take a little time to prepare for the times when you can. Being prepared often can make the difference in an enjoyable fishing outing or a frustrating one.

Drifting a nymph through deep holes is an accepted way to catch sluggish trout hanging along the bottom. Slow down and go deep
363 Views - Posted: December 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

Spring is undoubtedly the ideal trout-fishing season, but trout fishing in the winter also has its merits. What most winter anglers discover is that they catch fewer, but larger, fish. The keys to successful winter fishing are to use a slow hand and fish with more nymphs and fewer dry flies. 

Brook and brown trout are fall spawners, especially in smaller streams. It’s prime time for trout
439 Views - Posted: November 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

November can be a tough time for fly-fishing with all the new leaf fall in the streams. Consider snagged leaves on retrieves as a normal, if not annoying, part of the normal fishing day. Plus, November’s weather can be erratic — warm and sunny one day, cold and rainy the next.

Big trout like this brown will often hit a spinner when nothing else works. Put a new spin on trout
445 Views - Posted: October 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

Spinner fishing is an effective alternative to fly fishing when trout aren’t rising to a dry-fly pattern or hitting nymphs. A spinner often will elicit a strike even when trout aren’t hitting live bait.

It doesn’t take a nice brown trout for a fisherman to call a fishing trip a success. A matter of perspective
528 Views - Posted: September 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

We follow the stream where we can, fishing deep pools and smooth runs in water so clear we can see every detail of the streambed. Brightly colored leaves swirl in the eddies and gather in thick carpet like clumps in the deepest sections of water. On almost every cast, the lure snags a leaf or two, and when the current grabs the leaf and tugs, it feels, for a brief moment, like a hooked trout.

Night crawlers and other large worms are great live baits for mountain trout in streams where live bait is legal. Live-bait options abound
872 Views - Posted: August 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

I grew up fishing with live bait, catching trout in the upper reaches of  Paddy Creek in western Burke County and bream in the large pools in the lower sections, using fat red worms collected from cow patties in the pastures near my home.

Popular terrestrials, left to right: San Juan Worm, Black Ant, Japanese Beetle, Inchworm, Letort Cricket,, Chernobyl Ant, Ladybug, Joe’s Hopper and Jack Cabe Hopper. Summer: terrestrial time
873 Views - Posted: July 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

In the summer, when insect hatches are sparse, trout depend more on what falls into the water than what hatches in it. Terrestrials, or land-based insects, make up the bulk of a trout’s diet from early summer until first frost. Terrestrials include various beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, worms, bees, ants, cicadas, fireflies, damselflies, crane flies and just about any other insect that flies crawls or hops. If it’s an insect that a trout will eat, fly shops will have dozens of different patterns that imitate them, both floating and sinking versions.

This building, which formerly housed a restaurant, will be the side of the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians in Cherokee. Fly-fishing gets a museum
2723 Views - Posted: June 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

The heritage, art, science, craft and sport of fly fishing will be featured in a museum dedicated solely to fly fishing on the Cherokee Indian Reservation.

Delayed-harvest sections of the Tuckasegee River offers fly anglers some great May opportunities. Don’t miss May’s offering
795 Views - Posted: May 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

May is an ideal time to be on a mountain trout stream. Wildflowers are in bloom, dogwoods and rhododendron are flowering and a multitude of mayfly, caddis and stonefly hatches are coming off — more hatches than any other time of the season.

Roger Lowe of Waynesville ties many of the traditional western North Carolina fly patterns. Patterns always changing
1171 Views - Posted: April 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

Fly patterns constantly evolve as fly tiers originate new patterns and modify standard ones in an endless effort to find something that looks irresistible to a trout. 

Noland Creek is one of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park’s fine trout streams. Noland is a Smoky jewel
1174 Views - Posted: March 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

Noland Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Swain County is typical of hundreds of prime trout streams that crisscross the park: remote, scenic and full of trout. 

The creek’s headwaters form high in the Smokies near Clingman’s Dome, and the creek flows south approximately 10 miles to the Tuckasegee River arm of Fontana Lake near Bryson City. As with most park streams, Noland has a mix of rainbow, brown and brook trout. Rainbows dominate the middle and upper sections, browns are limited mostly to the lower section, and brooks inhabit the headwaters.

Hazel Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of North Carolina’s best-known and best trout streams. Hazel Creek trout fishing
1392 Views - Posted: February 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

At some time or other, anyone who claims to be a mountain trout fisher makes his or her way to Hazel Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to pay homage to one of the South’s most celebrated trout streams.  

Call it a pilgrimage, if you will, for Hazel Creek is a sacred place — remote, beautiful, accessible only by boat or foot, a stream that truly lives up to its legend. Horace Kephart once lived on a fork of this stream, until the loggers and miners ran him out. Hazel was a favorite of Granville Calhoun and Mark Cathey, two of the most-celebrated trout fishers in the Great Smokies.