March fishing is super hot!

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March Fishing Report

What a start to March fishing it has been. Not even a week into the season and we’re seeing the hottest action ever!

The Tuckasegee River is flat out incredible right now and will continue that way all the way into June. Float trips on the Tuckasegee River out of our drift boats and rafts have been the way to go for both numbers of fish as well as big fish! We’re seeing big Brown trout crush our flies this time of year, more so than normal! Big ol’ heavy Brook trout are coming out of seemingly nowhere to grab a slow worked streamer in the tails of big pools and runs, some are over 20 inches! Rainbow trout have been plentiful and fighting hard. It seems everyone, even the trout are sick of Winters long cold grip and are ready to get the warm weather going.

We are offering a Float Trip Special that is 3/4 day Float Trip that includes all the gear and flies plus lunch for only $225 per boat! No kidding, you read that right a Float Trip for $225.

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park streams are off to a good start. We have seen plenty of trout rising to eat dry flies by mid morning and carrying over to late evening. The stream flows have been great, and the fish are hungry, and ready for Spring. The Smokies offer all wild trout that are rich with vibrant colors. Nowhere in the east will you find trout more beautiful. Speaking of beauty, have you seen the Smokies from a trout stream? The streams here offer unparalleled scenery, crystal clear water and lush green forests. Some of the wildflowers are already starting to poke through the ground and much of the park’s wildlife are becoming increasingly active. It wont be long before this magnificent landscape here really starts to change. The fishing inside the park will just keep getting better and better as the days get longer. We can’t wait!

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The Raven Fork in Cherokee is also really taking off . The fishing gets better each week as temperatures get warmer and the insect hatches really start popping. Spring brings the big trout out of the deeper pools and into the faster runs to feed. They are aggressive and quick to take a well presented fly. Hold on to your rod firmly as these fish come to fight!

March fishing is on fire and it’s only getting better from here!

Hot fly patterns this month are;

Blue Duns #14-18, Little Black Caddis in #16-18, Black Caddis Pupae in #16-18, Little Winter Stonefly nymphs in #16-20, Little Winter Stonefly dries in #14-18, Blue Winged Olives in #18-22, Quill Gordons in #12-14, egg patterns in #10-12, Rainbow Warriors in #14-20, and black midges in #22-26. For Streamer patterns try black and olive Woolly Buggers in sizes #6-8, dark brown Sculpins in #6-8, and black Rabbit Strip Zonkers in #6-10.

 

See you on the water!

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The Life of the Caddis & Fly Selection

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Caddis Flies

It’s fast approaching, Spring!! The first day is only just over a couple of weeks away. And that means dry fly action, specifically here, Caddisflies. Eugene and I got to witness a hatch just the other day. The 60 degree weather brought on a nice Grannom hatch (black caddis), and a bit of inspiration for this blog.

The caddis is one of the most abundant food sources for a trout. They feed on them from the larva stage on up to the adult stage of their life cycle. And unlike mayflies, caddis have a full life cycle, adult, larva, and pupa. Mayflies do not have a pupa stage. That means more opportunities for trout to feed on caddis!

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There is a lot going on with a hatch than just a bunch of bugs flying around. In essence all caddis hatches are similar but change slightly depending on species. There is an abundance of info if you would like to delve deeper into specific hatches. As a trout angler, the basic understanding of any hatch will help you catch fish.

Let’s start below the water’s surface with something not everyone gets to see, unless your really looking.

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Caddis Larva

Caddis larva look similar to a small grub, and are very vulnerable at this stage. They build a protective case out of silk and debris usually from sand, gravel, or sticks. They will stay in this state essentially a year. When it is time to pupate they will close off their case and when time of day and water temperatures are just right they emerge.

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Caddis Pupa

Caddis pupa form a gas pocket under their pupal skin that help them ascend to the surface. This gas and the skin make them shimmer and sparkle. By the time they reach the water surface they are a winged adult ready for flight. This step happens fairly quick. If you’ve ever been on the river and see trout jumping out of the water it is a very good indicator there is a Caddis hatch going on. The splashy rise is a trout chasing a caddis pupa on its way to the surface.

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Caddis Adult

The adult caddis looks similar in appearance to a moth, which they are closely related to. You can always tell a caddis by their tent shaped wings that lay flat against their body. They will fly around erratically, sometimes for days looking to mate. After mating caddis land on the water surface (some swim to the bottom) to lay their eggs then die. Completing the cycle.

Now that we know the stages of a caddis hatch we can break that down to what fly to fish with. Using the knowledge of the hatch we covered and matching fly size, silhouette, and color we can get those trout to bite. Here are some common flies that mimic a caddis in each cycle stage.

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Green Rock Worm or Green Caddis Larva

A pretty simple fly that mimics the larva stage but don’t let it fool you, many trout have met the frying pan or had a sore lip at the hands of this fly.

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Sparkle Pupa

This mimics the pupa stage, the yarn sparkles to look like the pupal casing and air bubbles. Fish this in the surface film or just below.

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Elk Hair Caddis

One of the essentials in your fly box. This is because the caddis flies so erratic, it makes the elk hair fool proof. It sometimes  entices a strike if you dance it across the water. Keep them in various sizes, #12 – 20. Keep various colors too black, tan, and olive are most common. It’s a Classic!

So this spring when you hear the trout jumpin and the Caddis are flyin fish these three flies. You’ll bring many trout to the net.

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Hottest Spring Fishing in the Smoky Mountains

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The Hottest Spring Fishing in the Smoky Mountains

The hottest Spring fishing in the Smoky Mountains is just around the corner. If your wanting to catch big numbers of trout Spring is the time to do it! A little known fact is the Spring fishing really starts to take off before the official start of Spring. It starts the first week of March!

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The Tuckasegee River

The first week of March the Tuckasegee River receives massive stockings of trout that puts the river on par with any river in the nation. Trout count totals per mile exceed 15,000 trout per mile in some stretches of river in March. What that means for fisherman is everywhere you look there are trout! If you are a beginner fly fisher that means you have the best chance of the year to catch your first trout. If you have experience, lookout, because we know you’ll possibly catch more trout now than anytime of your life! The Tuckasegee River receives monthly stockings starting the first week of March and continues each month through June. By the first of May, the Tuckasegee River will have 24,500 trout per mile in the Bryson City stretch. That will make this the second highest trout count per mile of any river in the US! The Tuckasegee River is stocked with Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout.  Fish here average from 14-20 inches with many fish exceeding 20 inches. Pretty impressive! The Tuckasegee River is THE hottest Spring fishing in the Smoky Mountains!

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Fly Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Spring is a refreshing experiencing. The most beautiful streams and the prettiest trout to be found anywhere await you! The first few glimmers of warms days here and the trout go nuts! With well over 2,700 miles of water inside the park, there is no shortage of awesome trout streams for you to fish and explore. We guide fly fishing in North Carolina and Tennessee so no matter which Smoky Mountain town you are staying in, we offer guided fly fishing trips near you! The Smoky Mountains are the most picturesque of places, and an ideal place to fly fish. When you picture fly fishing in your mind, this is your image!

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The Raven Fork

You may have heard stories about this one, or even read about it if you follow along with us on social media. The Raven Fork in Cherokee is legendary. Simply put, big fish live here! If your looking to possibly catch the trout of a lifetime, the Raven Fork is your place. The biggest and baddest trout in the land are on the Raven in Cherokee. Apptly named the Cherokee Trophy section, this is home to two and half miles of of pure river monsters.

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West Fork Pigeon River

The West Fork of the Pigeon River is an excellent river to fly fish! Located near Waynesville and Maggie Valley North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains lies a hidden gem. The West Fork is stocked by our good friends of the Cataloochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited and is full of Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout. Literally thousands of trout are stocked each month beginning in October and continues through July. This beautiful river is the perfect place to learn to fly fish!

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Waynesville North Carolina’s Best Fly Fishing Outfitter and Guide Service! We offer private all inclusive Guided Fly Fishing trips daily out of Maggie Valley and Waynesville. Since 1999 we have guided anglers on some of the most beautiful Trout Streams in all of North Carolina. We guide the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Mountains, the Tuckasegee River, the Little Tennessee River, WNC Fly Fishing Trail, and Cherokee Fly Fishing Only Trophy Trout waters. Discover the majestic streams and mountains with the Smokies’ most experienced Outfitter and Guides.

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Fly Fishing Guides in Maggie Valley North Carolina

Learn to Fly Fish with the Best Guides in the Smoky Mountains. We offer private all inclusive Wade Trips, Drift Boat Trips, Beginner Classes and instruction. Your choice of  Half Day or Full Day Trips. We also offer Hazel Creek Back Country Camping in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Fly Fishing the Smokies has something for everyone and for every budget. We provide a great day of guided fishing and instruction, along with all necessary gear and equipment, without the price gouge.

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West Fork of the Pigeon River

The West Fork of the Pigeon River is an outstanding river to fly fish near Waynesville. Stocked heavily with Rainbow, Brown, and Brook trout from October through July. This incredible freestone river is a sure bet for a good day on the water. Water flows on the West Fork are suitable for families with children too!

 

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Winter 2016 Fishing Report Smoky Mountains

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Winter 2016 Fishing Report for the Smoky Mountains

Well it looks like Old Man Winter is finally upon us. After a record setting warm start to Winter, the snows have finally arrived in the Smoky Mountains! The snow covered beauty of a trout stream is hard to resist for any of us. So when the skies darken and the white stuff starts to fall, we do what we do best, and that’s hit the water! Read ahead for our Winter 2016 Fishing Report!

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Winter is a great time to explore the Smoky Mountains. This time of year in the Smoky Mountains we get off trail a bit and explore some of the cabins and historical sites of the park too. Nothing is more fun than finding and old home place or abandoned farm that no one has seen in years! Book a trip with our guides this time of year and let them know your interested in doing some exploring along the way. You’re guaranteed to see some cool stuff others will never experience! Of course we still fish, we just know taking a path less traveled will lead to interesting historical sites and fishing.

Winter 2016 Fishing Report

Winter 2016 Fishing Report

The best trout fishing this Winter will be mid morning through the afternoon. Look for days with sunshine and areas of the stream that sunlight hits early. This will warm up the stream and start aquatic insects hatching that trout love to eat. Best fly patterns will be Little Black Caddis in #16-18, Black Caddis Pupae in #16-18, Little Winter Stonefly nymphs in #16-20, Little Winter Stonefly dries in #14-18, Blue Winged Olives in #18-22, egg patterns in #10-12, and black midges in #22-26. Streamers such as black and olive Woolly Buggers in sizes #6-8, and dark brown Sculpins in #6-8. Work your flies slowly through likely holding water and make sure to cover every inch of water. Even though the trout are hungry and will be actively feeding, they will not be traveling far to intercept your flies.

The Cherokee Trophy Section is fishing good this winter. Big fish are holding at the bottom of long deep runs and are most active mid day. On pretty sunny afternoons we get into some nice dry fly action.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is fishing good despite colder water temperatures than surrounding streams. Fish are active once the sun comes up and continue nicely into the afternoon. Most trout are deep however don’t overlook faster riffles and runs for the actively  feeding trout which will take small nymphs and the occasional dry fly.

The grand daddy of them all is the Tuckasegee River. Winter fishing here is consistent all season despite what the elements throw at you. The waters of the Tuckasegee River are typically warmer than surrounding Smokies streams. Most fish will be deep and are gorging themselves on small midges and little dark caddis. This time of year is great for streamer fishing too. Trout are predators and behave as such. No self respecting big trout an resist a slow swimming streamer pattern bouncing along in their feeding zones. After all the name of the game in Winter for a trout is caloric intake, and a big meal is hard to resist! The water levels on the Tuckasegee River have been perfect for fishing from our Drift Boats.

 

Get outside this Winter and do some fishing and exploring in the Smoky Mountains. You’ll be glad you did!

 

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Mid Winter Smokies Fishing Report

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Mid Winter Smokies Fishing Report

Where did all the people go? The answer is simple, they’ve moved indoors. Is the fishing not good this time of year? Nothing could be farther from the truth. Fact is, the best time of year to catch a personal best trout is now!

Mention fishing this time of year, especially with the recent weather we have had, and folks think you are nuts! Then again, a thin line separates passion from insanity. Truth is, fishing during the Winter months is incredible! No other time of year can you head to a popular stream or lake and find you are the only one fishing today. Which brings us to the question, isn’t getting away from it all one of the reasons we go fishing in the first place?

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One of the best kept Winter fishing secrets is big fish love cold weather, especially trout! The biggest trout of the year will undoubtedly be caught during the Winter months. Most trout spawn when the water temperatures here in the mountains start to dip below 48 degrees. This generally happens in November through mid December. During spawning season trout burn most of the calories and fat content they have packed on during the Fall. After the spawn, they need to eat at every opportunity to rejuvenate fat stores to carry them through cold Winter days ahead. Post spawn (this time of year), is your best best opportunity to catch a big trout.

The best trout fishing this week will be mid morning through the afternoon. Look for days with sunshine and areas of the stream that sunlight hits early. This will warm up the stream and start aquatic insects hatching that trout love to eat. Best fly patterns will be Little Black Caddis in #16-18, Black Caddis Pupae in #16-18, Little Winter Stonefly nymphs in #16-20, Little Winter Stonefly dries in #14-18, Blue Winged Olives in #18-22, egg patterns in #10-12, and black midges in #22-26. Streamers such as black and olive Woolly Buggers in sizes #6-8, and dark brown Sculpins in #6-8. Work your flies slowly through likely holding water and make sure to cover every inch of water. Even though the trout are hungry and will be actively feeding, they will not be traveling far to intercept your flies.

We’ll see you on the water!

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Fly Fishing Bryson City NC

No other town in the south has more fly fishing opportunities than Bryson City. Two of Trout Unlimited’s Top 100 Rivers in America are right here in town. Plus we have the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nantahala National Forest, and Fontana Lake.  It’s no wonder why Bryson City is the best town for Fly Fishing in the Smokies!

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Bryson City and Swain County is 86% Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nantahala National Forest, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. With all those protected mountains surrounding us, there is some great fishing in the cold trout filled water that flows everywhere you look. Bryson City is one of the most beautiful mountain towns in all the Smokies. We have the cleanest water and best fishing you’ll find in the Eastern US.

Bryson City has every freshwater fish species you can imagine! Rainbow, Brown, and Brook trout, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Muskie, Crappie, Catfish and many others. We have something for everyone.

Fly Fishing the Smokies is proud to call Bryson City home! Established in 1999, we are the largest family owned Outfitter and Guide Service in the Smoky Mountains. For over 15 years our professional guides have taught people to fly fish on the best rivers and streams available in the Smoky Mountains.

 

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Fly Fishing Cherokee NC

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Fly Fishing Cherokee in Winter

Fly Fishing Cherokee is a great bet for big trout. The Raven Fork and the Oconaluftee Rivers are the hottest location for big trout in all the Smoky Mountains. Our guides know where the big fish are, what flies they will eat, and when they will eat them. The Fly Fishing action around the Smoky Mountains is hot all winter. This is the time of year we consistently catch big trout, very big trout!

Mention fishing this time of year, especially with the recent weather we have had, and folks think you are nuts! Then again, a thin line separates passion from insanity. Truth is, fishing during the Winter months is incredible! No other time of year can you head to a popular stream or lake and find you are the only one fishing today. Which brings us to the question, isn’t getting away from it all one of the reasons we go fishing in the first place?

One of the best kept Winter fishing secrets is big fish love cold weather, especially trout! The biggest trout of the year will undoubtedly be caught during the Winter months. Most trout spawn when the water temperatures here in the mountains start to dip below 48 degrees. This generally happens in November through mid December. During spawning season trout burn most of the calories and fat content they have packed on during the Fall. After the spawn, they need to eat at every opportunity to rejuvenate fat stores to carry them through cold Winter days ahead. Post spawn (this time of year), is your best best opportunity to catch a big trout.

The best trout fishing this week will be mid morning through the afternoon. Look for days with sunshine and areas of the stream that sunlight hits early. This will warm up the stream and start aquatic insects hatching that trout love to eat. Best fly patterns will be Little Black Caddis in #16-18, Black Caddis Pupae in #16-18, Little Winter Stonefly nymphs in #16-20, Little Winter Stonefly dries in #14-18, Blue Winged Olives in #18-22, egg patterns in #10-12, and black midges in #22-26. Streamers such as black and olive Woolly Buggers in sizes #6-8, and dark brown Sculpins in #6-8. Work your flies slowly through likely holding water and make sure to cover every inch of water. Even though the trout are hungry and will be actively feeding, they will not be traveling far to intercept your flies.

See you on the water!

 

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Winter Fishing Report

Winter Fishing the Smokies

Winter marks the start of the season for us where we see some of the biggest trout put in our nets all year. Winter Fishing attracts many hardcore anglers and guides alike who look forward each year to seeing big trout become more active during the daylight hours. Fact is its spawning season for Brown and Brook trout. We also have some Rainbow trout here too that will spawn this time of year. Once this happens the water is full of fish either getting ready to spawn and fattening up or they have spawned and are trying to replenish calories lost. These fish are hungry and will eat a well placed fly without much hesitation.

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Winter Fishing in the Smoky Mountains

Winter Fly Fishing around the Smoky Mountains include fishing a wide variety of rivers. The best option is Wading or Drift Boat fishing tail-waters such as the Tuckasegee River where fish count numbers soar to 14,000 trout per mile. Fishing from the Drift Boats in winter are a pleasant way to cover miles of water while staying dry and comfortable.  You end up casting your flies to literally thousands of trout. we offer a 3/4 Float Trip that is perfect for hitting the best time of day to be Floating the Tuckasegee River.

Wade Fishing the Tuckasegee will have you concentrating your efforts targeting big fish and working over likely runs and riffles with a mixture of dry flies and nymphs.  The Tuckasegee river is known for its long riffles and runs which are full of rainbow, Brown and Brook trout. On the lower section of the Tuckasegee we are still seeing good numbers of Smallmouth bass to boot!

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Winter Fishing in Cherokee

The Fly Fishing Only Trophy section on the Raven Fork will have you casting to possibly the biggest trout of your life!

The slower moving nutrient rich waters of the Raven Fork are a perfect habitat for big trout. Massive Rainbow trout that measure in pounds lurk these waters. We fish the long pools, riffles and runs, dead drifting both dries and nymphs for these hungry beats. Along with some incredible trout fishing, we also see the Elk from the Great Smoky Mountainous National Park who frequently cross the river and stop to watch us fish!

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Winter Fly Fishing the Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is amazingly beautiful during the Winter. The fishing can be very rewarding on days where we see warming trends in air temperatures which bring on hatches of Caddis,  Little Winter Stoneflies and Blue Winged Olives. Most fishing inside the park this time of year is done with nymphs, however most afternoons we see good opportunities to fish with dry flies as well. On most winter days inside the park you rarely see another fisherman, and the peacefulness is well worth throwing on an extra layer for!

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Catch Trophy Trout in Cherokee and Gatlinburg!

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Take advantage of our Winter Trophy Trout Special with a 3/4 Day Wade Trip that puts you chasing the biggest and baddest Trout in the Smoky Mountains during the best time of year! Winter is your best chance at catching your own River Monster in the Smoky Mountains. The biggest trout in the land come out of the cover of night and prowl the shallows during the day in search of prey, and to spawn. There is no better time to catch a big fish in the Smokies! No previous fly fishing experience necessary!

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Trip Details;

Our Winter Trophy Trout Special is a 6 hour Wade trip that is Catch and Release Only!  We supply all the gear you need plus lunch, drinks and an adrenaline filled day!  All you need is a fishing license and to dress for the weather.

Children are welcome on all of our trips, and we do have waders and gear to fit them!

Rates;

One angler $190.00

Two or more anglers $112.50 per person

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We supply a patient, professional fly fishing guide, all the gear you need including, waders, wading boots, fly rods, fly reels, leaders, flies, and tippet. We also bring a nice stream-side lunch consisting of hot soup or chili, sandwiches, and drinks. Our guides do bring along cameras to get pictures of you with your catch!

 

Our Winter Trophy Trout Special is the best deal going, and the best time to be on the water! Winter is when you catch the biggest fish in the Smokies!

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Book your trip with Fly Fishing the Smokies and make your cast to the fish of a lifetime!

For reservations call (828)488-7665 or book your trip online from our website, just click the “Book Online” tab at the top right hand of the screen.

See you on the water!

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