Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing
The Fly Fishing around the Great Smoky Mountains region is hot right now. This has been some of the best Spring time fly fishing we have had in recent years. We can attribute this to plenty of rainfall and an above average warm winter. Fact is, the trout are looking up and the dry fly action is really taking off! If you have been on the fence about fly fishing in the Smoky mountains, nows the time to give it a try.
Today its sunny and the highs will be in the upper 60’s across most of the Smokies. The rest of the week looks fantastic with highs reaching the low 70’s by the weekend! Definitely some outdoor activity kind of weather.
Hatches have been plentiful and heavy at times in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We’re seeing tons of Quill Gordons, BWO’s, March Browns, Dark Hendricksons, Blue Duns, Caddis, and tons of Brown Stoneflies. The trout are looking up and some excellent dry fly fishing can be had consistently each afternoon on most every stream in the park. Most streams have not been crowded at all of course. The Smokies have over 2910 miles of streams an only 900 miles of trails, so solitude can be easily found.
Tuckasegee River Fly Fishing
The Tuckasegee River near Bryson City continues to be king of the hill. Hatches have been incredible with many days Blue the Winged Olives are so thick you can se hundreds of trout taking them off the surface. Streamer action has been solid with many it Brown trout being caught and released each day falling to slow worked articulated Dolly Llamas and Home Invaders . Of course dead drifting nymphs and wetflies through likely runs are producing the best results and the most fish. Water flows have gradually cam down each day on the Tuck. Generation schedules still show 24hr generations on both the east and west forks for the next three days. Wading can be done with care as to where you wade and how deep you go. Just use your head and best judgement. Float Trips have been fantastic, flows are perfect for drifting the boats. Our guests have been putting some absolute slabs in the net and catching some big numbers too.
Currently we are offering two different Spring Break Specials. One is a 5hr Wade Trip and the other is a 5hr Float Trip. Both trips include all the gear and flies you need, we also take care of lunch and drinks! Pretty much the best deal in fly fishing in the Smoky Mountains right now.
The Tuckasegee River will be stocked again in Bryson City on April 3rd. As several of you know this will be the absolute best time to fish the Tuckasegee. The Spring hatches along the Tuck will hit their peak and the river conditions and air temps are superb. This is the best time of year to fish the Tuckasegee either by wading of by float trips. Be sure to book your trips early because we will fill up completely.
Be sure to stop by our Bryson City Fly Shop when you’re in the neighborhood and say hello. We have a fully stocked fly shop with everything you need for a great day of fly fishing around the Smoky Mountains region. We are the only locally owned fly shop in the region and offer local tied flies and carry the traditional Smokies patterns. We have a great selection of gear from R.L. Winston, MoonShine Rods, Redington, Ross, Chota, Simms, Rio, Firehole, Brodin, Dr Slick and many more. Our staff knows the Smoky Mountains and the fisheries surrounding the park like the back of their hands.
Have a great week and we’ll see you on the water!