Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report October 4th
October is an exciting month to fly fish the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounding region. Our trout fishing hits peak this month and the action is nothing short of incredible! Combine world class fly fishing with superb Fall foliage colors and you’ve got yourself a fantastic time in the mountains. The prospects of this years Fall season are the best in years
Great Smoky Mountains
The Smokies are forecasted to have some of the best Fall colors in decades. Spectacular Fall colors and a slight crisp in the air gives way to fantastic trout fishing in the Smokies. The mountain trout streams come alive as Brown trout and Brook trout get ready for Fall spawning season. Rainbow trout will be eating heavily to fatten up for the winter ahead. The cooler temperatures of Fall get fish more active, and feeding increases dramatically. Dry fly action can be some of the best of the year. Several species of Caddis start hatching and brings fish to the surface to feed. The long standing favorite hatch of October, aptly named the October Caddis, is large bright orange Caddis that can be seen from the space shuttle or under even the lowest hanging rhodendron. Trout will go crazy for them all day long.
Tuckasegee River kick off
The Tuckasege River trout fishing kicks off the first week of October! Catch and Release regulations start October 1st and the river will be stocked with thousands of trout per mile. The section of the Tuckaegee river near Bryson City will have 10,000 trout per mile! Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout that average from 12-25 inches will be in the river along with the resident wild trout population too. This makes for some incredible action for anglers of all skill levels, and is the perfect place for beginners looking to learn how to fly fish! We offer Wading trips and Drift Boat trips on the Tuckasegee River.
Cherokee Trophy Section
The Cherokee Trophy Section on the Raven Fork is an awesome place to fly fish in the Fall. Cooler water temperatures will have the River Monsters of Cherokee feeding well and catching the trout of your life is possible. The Trophy Section offers a unique experience as the Elk commonly cross the river while we are fishing. Fall is also rutting season for Elk and often times they can be heard bugling across the Oconaluftee River valley. The scenery is fantastic as you fish alongside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway. Access to the water is good and this section offers some of the easier wading of anywhere in the region.
Weather this week
The weather this week is looking pretty nice. Afternoon temps reaching low 80’s and high 70’s across the mountains with nightly lows dipping into the low 60’s. There is some rain in the forecast for Sunday through Tuesday with highs reaching the upper 70’s. Its a great time to be outside in the Smokies!
We’ll see you on the water!