Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report May 12th


Smoky Mountain Fishing Report

Fishing around the Great Smoky Mountains is hitting its peak! We are seeing one of the best Spring fishing seasons we have seen in years. A warm wet winter paved the way for fantastic conditions for March and April. May has been on point and we’ve seen some spectacular dry fly fishing in the park. Stream levels are running full and clear. Water temperatures are optimal and the weather has been fantastic!

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Heavy rain on Saturday and sporadic showers on Sunday have got the park streams running pretty full. Water levels will drop dramatically over night into the early week. Monday will be a good bet for Brown trout in the park. Big park Browns are on the prowl when water levels rise and get murky. Big predators prowl the banks in search of bait fish and smaller trout that have pushed to the calmer water along the banks. Tuesday will see park water levels back to down to normal, combine that with mid 60’s will give way to great dry fly fishing. By mid week temps will push back towards the lower 80’s and you can bet our guides will tossing the waders again in favor of some wet wading. High elevation Brookie fishing will be superb early week as water levels return quicker in high elevation streams.

Smokies Hatches

Spring hatches have been great. Yellow Sallies, Light Cahills and Green Drakes have been the main course for most trout. Tons of Caddis are also bringing lots of risers to the surface. Dont forget the power of a drowned Caddis when fishing the park. Many a fine trout have fell victim to a sunken Caddis. Brown Stones continue to be a force in the park. Big guys in sizes 4-8 have been a great choice for landing trout all day long especially on sunnny days. The Eastern Green Drakes that hatch around the Smokies are always easy to spot. These big mayflies look as if theyre big enough to fly up and order a beer at the local watering hole. Slow flying and plenty clumsy on the water’s surface make them an easy target for trout even in the fastest water.

Summer Specials

Fly Fishing the Smokies offers three different seasonal specials for guided fly fishing trips. Our Summer Specials include the 2hr Fly Fishing Fun Trip, the 5hr Summer Trout Special and our Float Trip Special. All great choices for fly fishing without breaking the bank. All Trips are privately guided and include all the gear and equipment you need!

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report April 26th

The Great Smoky Mountains region is fishing red hot this month! Streams are fishing near their peak for the Spring season right now. Temperatures have been great and the weather has been near perfect for April in the Smokies.

Tuckasegee River Fishing

The Tuckasegee River is just hitting its peak and will fish strong through the end on May for trout. April was stocked heavily with Rainbow, Browns and Brook trout. The next stocking of the Tuck in Bryson City will be May 6th, the river

will get another 13,000 trout per mile at that point. You just cant wrong out here right now. The Tuckasegee is definitely king of the southern tailwaters right now. Water levels have been perfect for floating and wading most days. Hatches have been consistent and heavy in the evenings. Right now were still seeing March Browns mid morning until mid afternoon. Caddis are all over the place and hatch all day long. Stoneflies are the best Spring hatch on the Tuck, we’re seeing brown stones, Salmonflies; yes we have Salmonflies, little Yellow Sallies just started this past week. Eastern Green Drakes are starting to show up mid mornings now and of course Blue Winged Olives are hatching on any cloudy days we have. We are catching some monster Browns on the lower stretch of the Tuck near Bryson City along with some great Rainbows. Smallmouth bass have started making their way up from Fontana Lake and were starting to catch them with regularity.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Smoky Mountains National Park fishing is really taking off! The Smokies are expected to hit their peak by the second week of May. Dry fly fishing has been incredible. Each day were seeing good hatches of March Browns, Dark Hendricksons, Blue Winged Olives and tons of Caddis. The past couple weeks we have started seeing some Yellow Sallies starting to make their appearance and a few Green Drakes hatching around mid morning and hatching up to dark. Fish are coming up to dries from early morning until dark. Smokies favorites such as the Oconaluftee and Deep Creek are fishing great on the North Carolina side of the park. Tennessee favorites include the Little River, Abrams Creek and West Prong which are all fishing well too.

Fontana Lake

Fontana Lake is fishing incredible right now. Smallmouth, Largemouth and Spots are all starting to spawn. Water temps are in the upper 50’s on Fontana right now. Walleye are really moving up into the headwaters of the Tuck and Little Tennessee rivers. White Bass are also in the river mouths and providing some killer top water action.

The weather for this weekend looks great. Scattered rain on Friday with highs in the mid 60’s. Saturday is going to perfect, sunny and 75. Sunday is low chance of scattered light rain possible with temps in the upper 70’s.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

We’ll see you on the water!


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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report March 27th

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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!

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Spring Fly Fishing is near

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Spring Fly Fishing

Spring fly fishing will be here before you know it! Unofficially Spring starts here in the Great Smoky Mountains around March 1st. With the coming of Spring brings some amazing opportunities for fly fishing not only the Smoky Mountains, but across the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina.

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Tuckasegee River

Hands down the best Spring time fishing in the region. The Tuckasegee River holds the most trout per mile of any stream in the US. Stocked heavily from October through May, this fantastic river offers both new comers and the experienced fisherman plenty of excitement. Wide open room for fly casting and literally thousands of trout waiting to eat your flies. 2019 Spring stocking dates are March 3rd, April 6th, and May 3rd. Plan your trips accordingly, this is the equivalent of Disney World of fly fishing! Trout here range from 12- 25 inches. The Tuckasegee River also has a good population of Smallmouth Bass and a Spring run of Walleye. We offer both Wade Trips and Float Trips on the Tuckasegee River.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Fly Fishing action inside the Great Smoky Mountains really heats up fast in the Spring. Trout start feeding aggressively inside the park starting in March and continues to increase rapidly as Spring goes by. Places such as the famed Hazel Creek and Forney Creek in North Carolina are long time favorites of experienced wild trout anglers. In Tennessee near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge our favorites include the Little River, Middle Prong and West Prong. The most beautiful wild trout in the country live inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With over half a million acres and 2910 miles of water inside the park, there is no shortage of spectacular Streams to catch wild trout. Spring dates fill up quickly so booking early is recommended especially if you are planning on fishing around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

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Brook Haven North Carolina

Fly Fishing the Smokies offers private fly fishing trips on the south’s newest private trout stream; Brook Haven! Imagine being surrounded by the beauty of the Smoky Mountains with towering waterfalls and deep plunge pools loaded with Trophy Brook and Rainbow Trout. Brook Haven offers breathtaking scenery with an equally fantastic private fly fishing experience. Limited to only 4 anglers per day, Brook Haven offers exclusivity, unparalleled scenery and solitude with huge trout! This is the most beautiful private trout stream in Western North Carolina and North Georgia. Brook Haven is the private fly fishing experience that you deserve!

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Spring Break Special

The Spring Break Special is a 5hr Wade Trip on some of the best Fly Fishing the Smoky Mountains have to offer! You get a private guided fly fishing trip with all the gear and equipment provided and a streamside lunch and drinks. All you need is yourself and of course a fishing license. Spring Break is a great time to be Fly Fishing in the Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg Tennessee, and Bryson City North Carolina. Both of these award winning mountain towns are loaded with great Trout Fishing!

For Reservations Call us at (828)-488-7665 or you can Book Online 

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Goodbye 2018

Smoky Mountain Memories

As the sun sets on another year in the Great Smoky Mountains we reflect back on many days spent streamside with friends new and old. Its hard not to get misty eyed nostalgic especially sitting here with bluegrass softly playing in the background and the distant sound of the train whistle from old #1702 blowing at the depot. 2018 was a fantastic year for us at Fly Fishing the Smokies. We saw many new smiling faces on the stream and taught more people to fly fish this year than ever other before.

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2018 brought many new offerings for our guests with the addition of our private water at Brook Haven; a beautiful 1.25 mile stretch of trout filled creek which culminates with spectacular private waterfalls. Its an amazing and exclusive place. Truly the private water experience you deserve. We added a new river to offer float trips for trout, and added a Smokies Backpacking Trip to the list. We also opened a new Fly Shop in downtown Bryson City filled with everything you need for a day on the water in the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounding region.

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This past year we won 2018 Fly Fishing Outfitter of the Year and 2018 Fly Fishing Guide of the Year by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. We are incredibly happy with this recognition and still cant thank each of you enough who took time out of your day and voted for us! We also recieved another Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence award for 2018.

Reel Bragging Rights,

This past year we filmed with the incredible crew at Wild Outdoor Media for a brand new show on the Sportsman Channel named Reel Bragging Rights. Our good buddy Jim Root travels the globe following his passion in search of incredible fishing. Jim is a professional bass angler and loves to fish. His new show with producer Stephen Neslage airs this January on the Sportsman Channel! We can hardly wait to see all the adventures.

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw the wettest year on record with 2018. It seemed to rain nearly everyday somewhere in the region, maybe not everyday, but it sure felt that way looking back. Rain is a good thing for mountain trout. Full flowing creeks and rivers with copious amounts of cold water made for some superb fishing!

We have many new and exciting things to come for 2019! We’re not tipping our hand too much, but you can expect to see some new trips and locations added this year. Who knows maybe even a new fly shop too!

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Our hope is God continues to bless all of you in 2019. Many doors were opened this year for us and there is no way it could have happened without the good Lord above. We’re are excited to see what the future holds and hope you all have a Happy New Year!

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report December 7th

Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report

No doubt most of you have heard a huge winter blast is on its way to the Smoky Mountains. For several days the meteorologists have frantically changed forecasts and snowfall predictions to the point its hard to believe any of it. One thing is for certain we’re getting snow, and plenty of it!

Fly Fishing in Snow

Fly Fishing in the Snow around the Smoky Mountains is about the most peaceful activity that you can do. There’s just something about the cleansing white of winter that refreshes your soul and calms the spirit. More often than not you will have the streams and rivers all to yourself and the fishing is actually quite good. Fish are active even when it snows. We typically see some great dry fly fishing while snow is falling. Ive often entertained several notions as to why this is, but to save myself from embarrassment, I shall keep those notions inside my head. Lord knows most of what I think comes straight out of my mouth, good or bad! Lol! Fact remains however when its snowing throw a dry fly or two. Griffith Gnats, and black parachutes work excellent.

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The Park Service will close the road between Gatlinburg and Cherokee tonight at 10:00pm in precaution of the impending forecast. Although I’m not happy about that especially when there isn’t any sign of snow yet, I do understand that safety comes first. There are areas where you can get to and fish when the roads are all closed up. It just requires a little walking and planning ahead.

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On the NC side of the park near Cherokee you can get inside the park as far as Smokemont Campground. That leaves you with plenty of water to fish that has roadside access along the Oconaluftee river. You also have Bradley Fork which is a very fun place to fly fish with miles of water and some great hiking too. You also have Straight Fork where the gate is closed this time of year, but offers some excellent fishing if you’re willing to walk a bit. Deep Creek near Bryson City is excellent and offers easier access with unmatched scenery in the snow. A short hike will have you into some great fishing and cool waterfalls with miles upon miles of water to fish. The farther you hike the less people you will see. Indian Creek is also accessed from Deep Creek and offers good fishing although not much casting room. Twenty Mile is often forgotten in most circles but offers some good access, and great fishing when park roads are closed. Id venture to bet that you wont see another soul down there either. Of course if you have a boat, Hazel Creek is awesome when it snows! You wont see other people and the fishing is pretty solid. When its snowing will be about the only time you will ever have Hazel Creek all to yourself.

TN Smokies

The Tennessee side of the Smokies are a little trickier to get around in when roads are closed. Typically the gate at Sugarlands Visitor Center will be first place to close. This leaves you with some options however. You have the Sugarland Valley Trail that parallels the West Prong of the Little Pigeon for several miles. This lower stretch fishes excellent in the winter months and offers some great solitude with plenty of eager Rainbows to catch. If you’re lucky the road from Sugarlands to Townsend will be open and you can hit the Little River. I personally love to fish the lower end of the Little River in winter. The lure of big wild Browns keeps me awake at night. These almost mythical creatures are tough to stalk and catch, but with some snow falling it puts them off guard just enough to make a mistake! The gate at Greenbrier is usually the last place to close. Even if it does, you can walk up the road and get to plenty of great fishing where you probably have the river to yourself. For those willing to drive a bit you can get into Big Creek fairly easy. Big Creek is sort of remote and off the beaten path for the masses. Big Creek doesn’t see much in the way of fishing pressure and access is pretty good when parks roads close. You certainly wont be close to cell signal in case something happens so fish with a friend and be careful.

No matter what this weekends forecast ends up being, and what actually happens. Until I see Jim Cantore on my doorstep, I’m not going to worry about it. I think I’ll go fishing!

 

See you on the water

T.E Shuler

 

 

 

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report December 2nd

Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report

The old timers have always said when it thunders in the winter its always followed by snow. While most of my life, Ive always seen this to be true. However after last nights episode of thunder and lightning, we are left with an incredibly beautiful day that feels more summer like than December 2nd. I sit here writing this report on the steps of my log cabin in the Smokies with a pair of shorts and a tee shirt on. Its 70 degrees here today. We’ll certainly pay for the nice stretch of weather today as the week progresses. Temps are forecasted to plummet again this week with snow by weekend.

Rainy Days

Several days of steady and hard rain have left most of the Smokies streams running high. The National Park received high winds and heavy rain last night, closing the roadways due to downed tress across the roads. We have had a wet year with plenty of rainfall which is a good thing considering the alternative. However once the ground here soaks in as much water as possible there’s no where for it to go but out of here. The soaked ground also makes it easy for trees to uproot in high winds as was the situation inside the park last night. The road has opened back up noon and things are going to be drying out over the next several days. High water only lasts temporarily here in the Smokies as stream levels receded quick, usually in less than a day in the high elevations and couple days in the lower elevation streams.

Winter is awesome fishing

November was incredible for fishing and December is expected to be even better! Cooler weather has really put the big trout into a feeding frenzy. This will undoubtedly continue as December and January unfold. The absolute best time of year to fish for big trout has always been from November through February. Large Brown trout begin showing up, almost as if they appear from nowhere. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and area tailwaters all come alive as the biggest trout of the year start feeding heavily.

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The streams inside the Smokies will fish decent through in the winter in the lower elevations. Places such as the Little River and the Oconaluftee River will be good choices for some cold weather action. Lower reaches of Greenbrier and Deep Creek will also be good bets. Winter Stoneflies will be th best hatches to target along with black Caddis. Fish slow and work your water methodical for the best results.

Gatlinburg Trout Fishing

During the Winter months Gatlinburg offers some good trout fishing on their winter catch and release section. This extends from the park entrance to well below town towards Pigeon Forge. The Tennessee DNR stocks the river heavily with good size trout, some of which will get upwards of 20 inches!

Tuckasegee River

The Tuckasegee River currently has 39,000 trout per mile in the Bryson City stretches. Thats a lot of trout! Big brown trout are moving up from Fontana Lake, and were seeing large fish pushing the upper 20 inch mark. The hatches have been very good on the lower Tuck. Blue Winged Olives, Black Caddis, Midges, and Winter Stoneflies are making up most of what we are seeing. Dry fly action has been great and pretty consistent each day. BWO’s are coming off around mid morning and continue steadily until dark. Lots of rising brown trout are keeping our anglers happy. Streamers have been producing some fine trout too. Working small streamers slowly on sink tip lines are getting great results.

Cherokee Trophy Section

The Cherokee Trophy Section on the Oconaluftee and Raven Fork is fishing well. Big fish are all over the place and the bite has been solid. Good hatches of winter Stoneflies each day are keeping trout interested and activity feeding. Black Caddis have been sporadic but have produced good results and Midges are always a good bet in Cherokee especially in the colder months. The elk are really in full swing of things and are out on the water with us most days. There’s nothing more cool than to be fly fishing and have the elk crossing th stream below you. Its an amazing sight in an already beautiful area to fly fish.

The forecast this week has us getting colder as the week wears on. Snow is forecasted this weekend! We absolutely love to fly fish in the snow. Its an incredibly peaceful experience that really puts your senses on overload. Fish bite well in the snow, and the dusting of snow just adds to the beauty.

 

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report November 8th

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report

The Great Smoky Mountains are fishing incredible this week. Mild temperatures and scattered showers have the creeks and rivers in perfect shape! Big Browns are on the move in several area streams making November an incredible month to come fish the Great Smoky Mountains region.

Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is fishing very well this week. We had a fast moving rain earlier in the week that put some water back in the creeks and did wonders for helping flush some of the leaves out of the streams. Stream levels are looking great today and the leaves aren’t nearly as bad as last weekend. Showers all day forecasted for Friday but most are sporadic and will taper off by early evening. Big Browns are starting to get really aggressive on the Little River between Gatlinburg and Townsend. Hazel Creek and several other north shore streams are seeing the large Browns push in from Fontana Lake. The Oconaluftee river in Cherokee is starting to see increased activity from larger fish as well. Good hatches of Blue Winged Olives are bringing many fish to the surface. We’re also still seeing plenty of October Caddis on many streams inside the park. Terrestrials are still catching their fair share of fish inside the park on many creeks. The scenery is breathtaking  inside the park still. Peak leaf season was late last week and into the weekend. Colors are still great in the mid elevations. Low elevations are just now reaching their best. Bryson City and Gatlinburg are absolutely beautiful with the hardwoods such Oaks and Maples all turning.

Cherokee Trophy Section Report

The Cherokee Trophy Section is fishing fantastic this week. Recent stockings for the Rumble in the Rhododendron tournament and this weeks Team USA Youth National Championships have the river loaded with monster trout. The action has been just as you would expect; big fish everywhere and feeding aggressively. Fishing streamers has been very productive for our guides this week. Blue Winged Olives are hatching heavily in the afternoons. Look for risers in the slower sections of water. Ants and Beetles continue to produce good fish along with the occasional hopper. It seems strange to talk about fishing hoppers this tim elf year, however there is long stretches of banks that parallel use fields along the Trophy Section. The Elk are in full swing with the rut. Bugling Elk and the occasional battle for dominance just add to the experience of fishing the Trophy Section.

Tuckasegee River Fishing Report

The Tuckasegee River is hotter than a fire cracker on the 4th of July. Blue Winged Olive hatches have consistently starting coming off around mid morning and continuing strong until dark. Lots of rising Brown trout in the slick water sections. Big streamers are the ticket for catching some bruiser trout in the deeper runs and gnarly holes. Browns from Fontana Lake are starting to move in the lower sections of the Tuck making for some interesting days on the water. October Caddis are still hatching in decent numbers on warmer days when the sun shines. We are seeing plenty of American Grannom Caddis hatching too. These are very dark and in smaller sizes this time of year. Hoppers, Ants, and Beetles continue to produce good trout on the Tuck right now too.

The weekend looks to be a cooler one with morning temps getting down right chilly. A cold front is pushing through today and Saturday will be the coldest day we have had this fall. Sunny and clear with highs reaching the low to mid 50’s by Sunday. No need to start at the crack of dawn, mid morning until late afternoon will be your best times to get on the water. So head to the diners and grab some breakfast and have that extra cup of coffee before heading out.

Good luck to all the young anglers fishing the Fly Fishing Team USA Youth National Championships this weekend. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting several of these fine young men in the shop this week. Seems to be lots of great anglers and fly tyers among you.

 

 

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St Croix Mojo Trout Fly Rods

 

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St Croix Mojo Trout Fly Rods

New for 2019, St Croix Mojo Trout Fly Rods. Winner of the Best New Fly Rod at the 2018 iCast show. The new Mojo Trout offers an incredibly smooth casting action with a great looking finish and affordable price. Fly Fishing the Smokies just recieved the new St Croix Mojo Trout series fly rods this week. We have the entire line of rods from the 6’ 2wt all the way to the 9’ 7wt. Swing by our new fly shop in Bryson City, North Carolina and check them out!

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The St. Croix Mojo Trout fly rods are extremely smooth casting, versatile fly rods that are ideal for beginners and intermediate anglers alike. This series consists of 11 rods ranging from 6′ to 9′ in length and 2-7 line weights to cover any trout fishing situations. These rods offer performance well beyond what you’d expect from their price tag.

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Features:

Premium, high-modulus SCIII graphite.
Slim-profile ferrules.
Kigan Master Hand 3D stripper guides with aluminum-oxide rings and black frames.
Sea Guide snake guides with black PVD coating for extra hardness and increased smoothness.
Uplocking, machined-aluminum reel seat.
Premium-grade cork handle.
Kigan hook-keeper
Two coats of Flex-Coat slow cure finish

Using slim-profile blanks comprised of high-modulus SCIII graphite, Mojo Trout rods are lightweight and with a highly versatile moderate-fast action. Finished in a metallic moss green color scheme, St. Croix chose to equip these sticks with black-framed Kigan Master Hand 3D stripping guides with aluminum oxide inserts, Sea Guide snake guides that are black PVD coated, up-locking machined aluminum reel seats, and premium cork grips.

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The new St Croix Mojo Trout rods are sure to be a hit for the 2019 season. We were lucky enough to be one of a few select retailers to get first the shipments of these fine rods. St Croix has long been makers of incredible fishing rods for decades. Swing by our fly shop in Bryson City and check them out. While you’re here, you might as well cast a line in the Tuckasegee and Nantahala rivers or hike back into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in search of wild trout.

See you on the water!

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Fall Fly Fishing Report Nov 1st

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Fall Fly Fishing

Fall fly fishing action continues to get even better! Temperatures across the region remained unseasonably warm across the Smokies until last week when we saw them finally take a dive. Air and water temperatures are right where they should be for this time of year and the fishing is absolutely on fire!

Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing

Fall is when the Smoky Mountain region sees the second peak of the year in terms of fishing. Water temperatures get down to the low 50’s, and high 40’s in the back country which triggers Brown and Brook trout to start spawning. It also puts all trout into an increased feeding frenzy in preparation for winter and the action is nothing short of phenomenal. Cool crisp days inside the Smoky Mountains are special, not only do you have most streams to yourself, you have some of the best dry fly fishing of the year. Great hatches of October Caddis, Blue Winged Olive and Stoneflies are abundant. You also have loads of hoppers, ants, and beetles hitting the water up until we get several heavy frosts. Action inside the park is at peak from mid morning until late afternoons.

Tuckasegee River Fly Fishing

The biggest hitter this time of year is of course going to be the Tuckasegee River. Currently the Tuck has 26,000 trout per mile in the lower delayed harvest section near our fly shop in Bryson City. This stretch of river is very wide and full of great holding water for large trout The lower section of the Tuckasegee River is a rich with 72 species of fish. We target Rainbow, Brown, and Brook trout along with Smallmouth Bass. This time of year we start seeing very large brown trout run up the river from Fontana Lake. Some of these big Browns are pushing the 30 inch mark. Incredible jaw dropping Browns that will smash streamers one day and take small nymphs the next. We are scheduled for another stocking on the Delayed Harvest section November 14th which will bring the trout count to a whopping 39,000 trout per mile! Combine that with the already good population of wild and holdover fish along with the big Browns from Fontana Lake and you’ve got yourself a fantastic river for late Fall and Winter fishing.

Cherokee Trophy Trout

The Cherokee Trophy water is incredible starting November and will continue to fish amazing all winter long. This is the time of year we see the biggest fish landed in Cherokee! The incredible fishing action is coupled with sightings of Elk which are in their rutting season this time of year. Many days the elk cross the river while we are fly fishing. Its an incredible experience to be casting to monster trout and look up to see you have an audience of a cow elk and her calf, or half the herd silently crossing the stream behind you. The trophy section has excellent access and is 2.2 miles long.  Bordered by Great Smoky Mountains National Park on one side, and the Blue Ridge Parkway on the other, the Trophy Section offers great scenery and even better fishing.

 

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