Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report August 27th

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report August 27

Cooler August weather and good streams flows have the Great Smoky Mountains fishing Hot! Plenty of rainfall all summer long has made for some perfect conditions for late August fishing. Normally we see low water and hot days in August, however that is not the case this year. We have had an abundance of rain all year long, which none of us have complained about because the drought of 2016 is still firmly planted in the back of our minds. As Luke Bryan sings, Rain is a good thang, this especially holds true in the Great Smoky Mountains where rain is everything!

What are the biting on?

We are still seeing good hatches of little Yellow Sallies, Sluphers and tons of Caddis all day long. Cloudy days we see an abundance of Blue Winged Olives about too which no doubt bring eager trout to the surface. Stoneflies are still producing a good numbers of fish and a well placed yellow Stimulator will fool even the pickiest trout. Inch worms and caterpillars are a fine choice for good subsurface offerings, especially gypsy moth caterpillars. Something about those grey and black morsels make them hard to resist for a big Brown trout. Take some orangish-red nail polish and add a few dots to the backs of the fly with a tooth pick and you have yourself a deadly pattern. Just practice catch and release because this fly is a stone cold killer!

Hoppers

Far and above the best patterns for late Summer are hoppers and beetles. Most folks only associate fishing hoppers with the Rocky Mountain west. If you’re not throwing a tan hopper in the Smokies you could be missing out on some of the most fun dry fly fishing of the year. Streams such as Abrams Creek in Cades Cove are treasure trove of hopper action. The Little River is also a great choice on the Tennessee side of the Smokies. On the North Carolina side of the Smokies hoppers are great along the fields of the Oconaluftee river especially around Tow String. Hazel Creek is also a great stream for hopper action.

Beetles

Bettles are a common sight on all Smokies streams but are the most often overlooked insect available to a trout. Fact is there are more than 400,000 known species of beetles around the world. Beetles account for more than 40% of all insect life and over 25% of all animal life on earth. So why aren’t you fishing with one?! Trout crush them, and pretty much all year long. Beetles are especially active this time of year and will continue to be the most available food source for trout until heavy frosts and freezes descend on the park. It doesn’t matter size or really the color, brown or black work equally well. Just fish them on the edges of riffles and pools and watch fo the explosive takes. Beetles are hard to see in the shadows of a Smokies trout stream so using a small tuft of yarn a foot or so away from your fly will help greatly in spotting the pattern. You can also find many beetle patterns with hot spots or add your own, however don’t get to crazy with them, wild trout will notice the added tomfoolery.

The weather this week looks very promising for many good morning and early afternoon jaunts to the water. Most of the week has a slight chance of scattered rain and pop up storms. Don’t let that keep you indoors. Summer is still not over yet, so enjoy the last days while you can. Fall is around the corner

See you on the water!

 

 

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report

The Great Smoky Mountains and surrounding region are seeing better fishing than we have seen in two decades. Good overall stream tempratures and plenty of refreshing late evening rains have made for perfect summer fishing conditions.

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Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is always a top choice for catching wild trout during the Summer. Excellent dry fly fishing and plenty of aggressively feeding trout will keep fisherman happy from sun up to sun down. We are seeing good hatches of Yellow Sallies, Brown Stones, and tons of Caddis on most park streams. Terrestrials such as Bettles, Ants, Hoppers and Inchworms are also great bets for plenty of action all day long. Getting to mid and high elevation streams is best this time of year. The colder the water, the better the bite. Hiking into Backcountry streams is one of our favorite things to do. There’s just something about fishing where most people dare to venture, and casting flies to trout that have never seen a fly before.

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Smokies Brown Trout

The Great Smoky Mountains are a temperate rainforest, receiving more than 80 inches of rainfall each year. Every Summer we see numerous pop up storms and down pours that are over quicker than they started. While these rains provide needed water to the mountains, they also offer cooler air and water temperatures if only for a brief few moments. Often times these rains are heavy and will stain the water for a few hours until the streams clear back up. Big Brown trout lurk in several park streams in lower elevations and feed mostly nocturnal during the hottest months. However, when the heavy rains raise stream levels and waters stain, these big fish will come out to feed heavily on unsuspecting prey. Fishing during these times often produce some fine specimens that will rival any Brown trout caught in the park during the cooler months. For catching these fish in stained or high water, you should fish close to the banks in slack water pockets and work your flies slowly.

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Brook Haven Fly Fishing

Our new private water at Brook Haven is fishing well this summer. Typically southern private waters all close mid June through August, however that’s not the case with Brook Haven! We are blessed with high elevation cold mountain water that is heavily oxygenated provides perfect habitat for trout. Brook Haven is open all summer long with morning half trips being offered. Anglers are catching Brook trout, Tiger trout, Rainbows, and some Browns.

Weather

This week tempratures will hover around the high 70’s in the back country and low 80’s in the valleys. Chances of rain shaping up for the later part of the week which will no doubt keep water tempratures cooler and the fish biting well. A 50-60% chance of rain for the weekend isn’t enough to be of concern.

 

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report

Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report July 31st

Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report

And just like that July is over. Summer vacation is whizzing by and the older we get the faster time seems to fly. As a child I always dreaded the arrival of August as that meant it wasn’t long until school started back and my days of roaming the Smoky Mountains would come to an end. Except of course until the weekends where I could squeeze out a few more days of wet wading the streams casting nothing but dry flies to rising trout. I still spend my summers in the Smoky Mountains enjoying fly fishing for wild trout. The only difference is I now get to share my love of these Mountains and their trout with hundreds of guests that I have the pleasure of guiding each season.

The Great Smoky Mountains are fishing strong as ever this summer thanks in large part to good rainfall amounts. Typically Summer time is fairly wet inside the park as we often see afternoon pop up showers and thunderstorms. These showers are a much welcomed event as it cools the air and adds more water to the streams and creeks. This week temperatures are expected to be cooler with highs in the low 80’s lows overnight hitting the low 60’s. This should keep the fishing excellent all month!

The best hatches we’ve seen this week so far are Brown Stoneflies, Yellow Sallies, Tan Caddis, Olive Caddis, Trico’s and Blue Winged Olives. Of course Inch Worms, Bettles and Ant patterns are working great well. Some areas across the park have good hopper action too!

Have a great week y’all!

 

 

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report June 1st 2018

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The fly fishing action in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is incredible right now. Trout are feeding well all day long and dry fly action is at its peak! Summer is the best time to catch aggressively feeding fish on the surface in the Smoky Mountains.

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Great Smoky Mountains Fly Fishing

There are 2910 miles of wild trout streams in the Great Smoky Mountains. With only 900 miles of trails, there is plenty of solitude and areas to explore and a catch a fish! Summer time is a favorite among our staff for the wonderful dry fly fishing opportunities that present themselves in the park. Summer is a great time to learn how to fly fish. You have active fish with a high metabolism that will feed all day long. So there is no wrong time of day to be fishing inside the park!

Fly Fishing the Smokies offers a wide variety of great fly fishing trips and lengths to choose from. We guide folks of all ages and skill levels and have ALL the gear that you need to fish with provided free of charge on your trip!!

We have offices in Gatlinburg and Bryson City to serve you best no matter where you stay in the Smoky Mountains!

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Hazel Creek Day trips are super fun this season. Experience one of the most remote and wildest trout streams in the Great Smoky Mountains with Fly Fishing the Smokies guide Jay Cobb as your host. Dry fly fishing on Hazel Creek keeps getting better each day. Lots of Yellow Sallies and Light Cahills are keeping the trout very happy. Hazel Creek is also one of the top places in the Smokies to fish small hoppers and bettles on top for some explosive action. Hazel Creek is a wonderful and wild place full of history and folklore. Some of the best trout in the Smoky Mountains have been caught on Hazel Creek! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to fish the most legendary Smokies trout stream with the best guides in the Smoky Mountains!

 

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The weather looks good this weekend and coming week. We do have a chance for thunderstorms on Sunday, however these are commonly pop ups that likely may not occur depending on which side of the Smokies you happen to be on. The weather in the Smoky Mountains is very difficult to predict and changes every few minutes. Our motto is plan for a shower, and go play!

We are seeing good hatches of Yellow Sallies, Light Cahills, and Sulphers across the park streams. Also plenty of inch worms, beetles, and Cicadas are also giving the trout something to eat as well. And of course lots of Brown Stone flies and many different species of Caddis are also present. Lots of hatches to keep the trout looking up and feeding happily all day!

Hope everyone has a great weekend and gets outside!

We’ll see you on the water!

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Hazel Creek Fly Fishing Report May 2018

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Hazel Creek Fly Fishing Report May 2018

Hazel Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains is just now hitting its peak! May always offers some of the best times to fish the national park. Many fantastic hatches of Yellow Sallies, Light Cahills and Sulphers have the trout feeding on top and the action is incredible. This months Hazel Creek Fly Fishing report for May 2018, its all about the dry fly fishing!

Hazel Creek Conditions

This weather has been about perfect for the month. Day time highs in the back country hitting the upper 70’s and nightly lows into the 50’s have made being outside in the Great Smoky Mountains pleasant. So far rainfall has been around normal, however that is changing for the next week or so. The Smokies are forecasted to have a few popup thunderstorms and some decent rainfall until next weekend. Rainfall in the Smokies is a common and welcomed sight. The Great Smoky Mountains is actually a temperate rain-forest with most of the region receiving better than 80 inches of rain per year.  So no matter the day in the Smokies, bring your rain jackets. Water levels look great. Water clarity and stream tempratures are perfect for this time of year.

 

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Creating Memories

Some of my fondest memories on Hazel Creek were from fishing with good friend and fellow guide Chris Lee from Bryson City in May. This particular afternoon the sky clouded up with rain looking eminent. We came upon a nice run near the old Ritter Lumber Co dry kiln site and saw several large trout taking light Cahills off the surface at the head of a long run. Overhanging Rhododendron on river right gave just enough cover, combined with good stream depth to hold several big rainbows. Chris and I watched as fish after fish dimpled the water for twenty or so yards. We approached the run from a good distance downstream and made some very long casts, by Smokies standards of course, and were able to bring several nice fish to the net. I landed my personal best Rainbow from Hazel Creek that afternoon and it was on a dry fly, a fine specimen of 19 inches. Things like that are typically rare inside the park, however if they are going to happen, Hazel Creek is where it will all play out! Hazel Creek holds some very big trout and those fish didn’t get from being easy to catch. May is one of those months when you see tons of good hatches and the water and weather are a perfect combination for great fishing. When I have a day off this time of year, I can usually be found stalking the banks on Hazel Creek casting a dry fly.

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Hazel Creek Flies

Hatches during May and June are plentiful on Hazel Creek. Anglers can hedge bets on the Little Yellow Sallies and score big dividends with a handful of size #12-16 Hot Butt Sallies fishing them to edges of runs. Tons of Caddis hatch all day long on Hazel Creek too. Most are tan or light yellow and range from #12-20. Giant Salmon Flies in #4-6 hatch all day especially on bright sunny afternoons. These are typically associated with the Rocky Mtn West however our region has them also and they are the biggest bugs we have all year. Think porterhouse steak for a trout! Green Drakes hatch on overcast mornings and late evening bringing trout recklessly to the surface. Light Cahills can be counted on for hatching all day long and activity increases in the afternoon especially if we have overcast skies. Rusty Spinners, Grey Fox, Orange Palmer, bi color Stimulators, Henryville Caddis, Adams Variants, March Browns, and Ausable Wulff are several of the dry flies you will need to have. Of course spring and summer in the Smokies means inch worms! anglers will want to have a double handful of inch worms in light green with sizes ranging #8-16, also beetles and ant patterns work amazingly well too.

Fly Fishing the Smokies offers guided Day Trips to Hazel Creek from April 15th until the end of November. We provide the boat shuttle across Fontana Lake, all the gear, flies and equipment, plus a streamside lunch. Its a great opportunity to fish the Smokies most legendary stream with expert guides who know this water and the trout very well.

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Brook Haven Fly Fishing Report

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Brook Haven Fly Fishing Report

Fly Fishing the Smokies newest private water at Brook Haven is off to a glowing start! Brook Haven opened last week and our anglers are catching some of the finest trout to be found in Western North Carolina. Brook Haven is the private fly fishing experience that you deserve!

Guided Private Water Fly Fishing

For years our Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains have went largely unnoticed around the globe as a top destination for incredible year around fly fishing opportunities for trout. That has slowly changed as more people are starting to discover, or re-discover, the sport of fly fishing. With this surge in popularity for the sport, also comes more people looking for mountainous places to find solitude, spectacular scenery and quality trout. We’ve always been here of course, it was just a matter of time before national media attention focused on our quiet hamlets in the mountains. Public water is plentiful and hatchery supported rivers along with superb national parks and forest service lands offer plenty of places to fish. Literally thousands of miles of water to catch a trout in the region, however  you don’t always have these places solely to yourself. We recognized this dilemma and took action. Brook Haven was born out of a desire to offer our guests a fantastic mountain fly fishing experience filled with breath taking waterfalls, large hungry trout, and you got it; solitude!

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Trophy Trout

Brook Haven is loaded with big trophy trout. Picture yourself casting into heavily oxygenated plunge pools where Rainbow trout lurk that weigh from 5-11 lbs! If that’s not enough, our Brook Trout weigh 3-5lbs. We also have Tiger Trout that hit the scales up to 5lbs! Now as the picture starts to come into focus, T-Rex shows himself, big Browns that top over 5lbs and hitting the mid 20 inch mark.

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Taking Care of it all

We recognize the importance of having a healthy ecosystem and maintaining optimal trout habitat. We have assembled the best team possible to make this all happen. We have a fisheries manager who along with our guides monitor water quality and temperatures. With continuous focus on our trout and their diets, we are able to supplement specially formulated feed combined with natural insect hatches and baitfish present in the ecosystem to maintain healthy trout and continued growth all the while protecting the watershed at Brook Haven. This an exciting project for us, and we can hardly wait to watch our trout grow and thrive.

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Hazel Creek Fly Fishing Report April 26th

Hazel Creek Fly Fishing Report April 26th

Hazel Creek Fly Fishing Report April 26th

Hazel Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is fishing very good this month. Mild tempratures and plenty of rainfall have the water in great shape. Steady hatches of brown Stoneflies, Caddis, Light Cahills, and Yellow Sallies have the trout feeding aggressively and looking up to take dry flies.

Mother Nature has thrown everything in the books at us, especially in the Smokies back country this month. So far we have seen snow, highs in the upper 70’s and followed by heavy downpours of rain. Snow is not surprising, considering historically there has been snow in every month inside the Smoky Mountains National Park. The crazy part is one day we are near 80 in the valley floors and two days later its below freezing and snowing. Now it seems this wild weather roller coaster ride is on its way out, and Spring is finally here!

Hazel Creek will always be popular among the fly fishing crowd. Each weekend its not uncommon to see a few Gortex clad anglers camping at Proctor, Sawdust, or Bone Valley. These guys are all doing the same thing, chasing wild trout with flies. These folks are just as passionate about fly fishing and preserving the resource just like you. So don’t worry they are for the most part practicing catch and release as well. Spend a minute or two talking with them and see for yourself. We are all on the same team. Hazel Creek is a massive watershed and a long one at the by park standards. So even though you might pass by the occasional angler, its never crowded or looses that feeling of loneliness and solitude that brings you here in the first place. Honestly Id rather see someone as to be there and know its just me in case something were to happen. Just food for thought.

Hazel Creek was running very full yesterday after a few days of steady rainfall if not heavy at times. Water clarity was great and everything was running gin clear. Caddis were popping all over and sporadic hatches of light Cahills and Yellow Sallies were keeping the trout honest.

This time of year Fly Fishing the Smokies has a guide or two on Hazel Creek almost every day. Its a place dear to our hearts and one that stirs the soul like no other. Hazel Creek will always be that place every Smokies angler will want to fish at one point or another. The legends are true, and fishing really can be that good!

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Tuckasegee River Fishing Report April

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Tuckasegee River Fishing Report April

The fishing on the Tuckasegee River is absolutely on fire right now!

Trout count totals per mile are at an all time high. The river was stocked again on the 4th, And now holds 43,000 trout per mile near Bryson City. We have never seen the river with this many fish before. Good sized Rainbows, Browns and Brook trout averaging between 12-25 inches!

The lower sections of the Tuck have the highest biomass of any river in North Carolina. 72 species of fish call the lower Tuckasegee River home. Combine this with insect rich water with great hatches all year long and you’ve got an incredible habitat for trout. This month we are seeing plenty of good hatches beginning mid morning and continue until dark. Heavy hatches of tan Caddis, Light Cahills, Little Sedges, and brown Stone Flies are keeping the trout very active. Dry fly action has been peaking late afternoon almost each day. Faster riffle water sections and long slicks have provided the best areas for great dry fly fishing. In the late evenings and early mornings, generation schedules tend to have water levels a few inches higher and pushes thousdands of baitfish towards the river banks for cover. When this happens big predator trout will move into the shallows and wait in ambush mode. Casting streamers towards the banks and letting them swing away have produced some very nice Brown trout and some monster holdover Brook trout.

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Float Trips are the best way to cover the most water effectively. The lower Tuckasegee is a wide western sized river and offers tons of fish holding features. Being able to move quickly between likely areas is easier from our perfectly setup drift boats and rafts. Often times some of the biggest fish will be in the deeper water.

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The Tuckasegee River will stocked again in early May bringing trout totals to a record high. We have never seen this river with as many trout as we do now. Its going to be epic and something you sure dont want to miss! Get your dates booked now as we are filling up fast!

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Tuckasegee River Fly Fishing Report for March

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Tuckasegee River Fishing Report

The Tuckasegee River is fishing on fire this month. We’re seeing lots of big Brown trout being caught each day with several hovering above that magical 20 inch mark! Both Float Trips and Wade Trips are very productive so far. Mild overall temperatures have the spring hatches of Quill Gordons, Blue Quills and Caddis coming off strong. Dry fly action in the afternoon can be epic! Trout per mile totals are now at 30,000 trout per mile in Bryson City. To say the river is loaded with fish would be an understatement!

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Tuckasegee River Brown Trout

The Browns in the Tuckasegee are on the prowl. Near perfect water levels have kept these river sharks feeding aggressively throughout the day. The Tuckasegee is quickly getting known around the country for its incredible population of Browns. There are many contributing factors to this phenomenon. The Tuck has one of the highest biomasses of any river in North Carolina. Hundreds of invertebrate  and bait fish live in the river. The lower section of river is home to 72 species of fish! We’re seeing over cast and rainy days the best for landing these monsters. Streamer fishing has produced great results with explosive takes and hard fights. We also have good hatches in the afternoons with many trout looking up to take dry flies.

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Float Trips

Float Trips on the Tuckasegee River are producing great results with good numbers of fish being caught. Float Trips in our drift boats and fly fishing rafts are the perfect way to cover water without having to worry about wading on rocky slick river bottoms. In our boats you can float and cast to more fish and cover water people wading simply cannot get to. Those big deep holes in rivers are where the big fish lurk!

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Brook Haven

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Brook Haven Fly Fishing

Welcome to 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 exclusive, unparalleled scenery and solitude with huge trout! This is the most beautiful private trout stream in Western North Carolina and North Georgia. This is the Private Fly Fishing Experience you deserve!

Opening May 1st

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Trophy Brook trout

The private waters at Brook Haven are meticulously managed for optimal health and growth of our beautiful Brook and Rainbow trout. Brook Haven is the south’s only private trophy Brook trout fishery! Great care and time go into maintaining perfect nutrition levels and providing an environment for sustainable growth and epic fighting fish. The fertile highly oxygenated water is rich with aquatic insects and crustaceans which combined with supplemental feeding help to grow some of the prettiest Brookies in the east. Our team of seasoned professionals make sure each trout is handled properly and released unharmed.

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Professional Guides

Your time spent with good friends and family is precious. We understand that, and want you to fish some great water for fantastic fish and have that stream all to yourselves. Your time and experience is important to Fly Fishing the Smokies. Our very best guides will accompany you to Brook Haven, and are there to help make your day as enjoyable as possible. Our professionally trained guides are graduates from the most accredited guides schools in America. They have loads of experience in all water types and especially fishing for large trout. They are attuned to your every need on the water and know how to make your day as enjoyable as possible. Your guides provide all the gear and flies that you need for your trip. On Full Day trips they prepare a nice stream side lunch for you as well.

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Location

The Brook Haven private water is conveniently located in the mountains between North Georgia and Western North Carolina. Highlands and Cashiers are just minutes away, and we are only a short drive from Atlanta. The nearest mountain town to Brook Haven is Franklin, North Carolina.

Opens May 1st

Rates:

One Person – Half Day $250

Two Person – Half Day $325

One Person – Full Day $350

Two Person – Full Day $475

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