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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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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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