Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report mid March
The fishing so far around the Smoky Mountains region has been great. Trout are very active on the larger low elevation rivers. The Tuckasegee River and the Oconaluftee River are both in top form. Anglers are catching some impressive late season Brown trout and some absolute tank Rainbow trout. Hatches have been very good with consistent action all day long. Late afternoon float trips on the Tuckasegee River have seen great action and solid fish caught.
Seems March always has the most dramatic weather changes of any month in the Smoky Mountains. Take last week for example, 76 degrees in Bryson City one day, two days later it snowed. What the… ? We missed an entire winter this year pretty much with record highs and barely any snow. Now it seems the cold weather has moved back in for the week. Not to fear, trout are cold water species and like cooler temperatures. In fact some of the biggest fish our guests have caught have been on the coldest days.
Tuckasegee River Fly Fishing
This week’s best trout fishing is on the Tuckasegee River. Big Brown Trout have been increasingly active, with our cleints catching several absolute brut fish on both Wade Trips and Float Trips. Getting your flies deep and fishing slower sections of water been very productive for these river monster Browns. The Tuckasegee River has seen great hatches of Stoneflies, Caddis, Quill Gordon’s and Blue Winged Olives. This may sound like jargon to some, but to those who fly fish frequently that is music to your ears!
Cherokee Trophy Waters
The Raven Fork and Oconaluftee River on the Cherokee Trophy Section has been fishing very good this past month. We’re getting into some fat and healthy Rainbow trout. These hard fighting river monsters will give you everything you can stand in terms of fight and selectivity. If you are looking to catch possibly the fish of a lifetime on a fly rod, this is your place! We are seeing good hatches of Stoneflies, Caddis, and Midges. Takes have been subtle and the fights epic!