Tuckasegee River Fishing Report May 19th
The Tuckasegee River fishing is incredible this week! Ideal generation schedules from the East and West Fork have the Tuckasegee River fishing perfectly. The action has been fantastic through out the entire day. We are catching big Rainbow and Brown Trout, along with Smallmouth Bass this week. Hatches have been great each day with tons of Caddis and several species of Mayflies coming off steadily.
Tuckasegee River Trout
Currently the Bryson City section of the Tuckasegee River is fishing the best. This section holds 34,000 trout per mile making it the highest trout count total per mile of any river in the US. The river here has the highest biomass and nutrient rich waters of any stretch of this 52 mile long tailwater. In fact biologists tell us this is the highest biodiversity and healthiest river in the state of North Carolina. Trout here feed heavily all day on the many hatches of aquatic insects and plethora of bait fish present in the river. There are 72 species of fish in the lower Tuckasegee River, of course not all of them are game fish. Many are baitfish which larger trout and bass feed upon. Trout are noticably fatter and harder fighting here than on other stretches of river.
Tuckasegee River Float Trips
Float Trips on the Tuckasegee River have been highly productive this week. Our guides are putting guests on good numbers of trout and Smallmouth bass on both fly rods and spin tackle. This time of year fish hold in many different waters types, and fishing from drift boats makes it easier to get to these areas. Fly Fishing the Smokies guides float 14 sections of the Tuckasegee and keep a constant finger on the pulse of this magnificent river and fishery.
There is just a few short weeks left of the Delayed Harvest season on the Tuckasegee River. Once the season is over however we still have great trout fishing and smallmouth bass fishing all summer long.