Smoky Mountain Fishing Report

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Fly Fishing Report February 20th

February’s fly fishing report has been all over the place. It has been a crazy month in terms of weather. So far in February Smoky Mountain region have seen heavy rains, flash floods and snow….all in the same week! Fortunately the mountains here recover quick from whatever mother nature throws their way. Stream levels are full and fishing good. Temps have been above normal which has triggered a fantastic winter bite! Great hatches of black Caddis, Winter Stone, Blue Winged Olives have kept trout busy feeding and up on the surface on the prettiest of days.

Great Smoky Mountains Fly Fishing

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park fishing has been fantastic most of the month. Keeping an eye on the forecast and maximizing your opportunities to get out in between the showers have kept anglers consistently catching fish in the park. Even when water levels are high a good many trout can be caught by fishing long the sides of the banks and back eddies. Often times some of the largest wild Smokies trout will be caught in high water conditions when visibility is low. On beautiful bright sunny days we have been catching trout on dry flies. Black caddis, Winter Stoneflies, and a steady contingency of Blue Winged Olives have kept trout looking up to feed. If you prefer to nymph fish, bouncing stoneflies and caddis pupae across the bottom have produced lots of fish when nothing is hatching. The Smoky Mountains have fished best from mid morning until the late afternoon. Currently the Tennessee side of the Smokies near Gatlinburg has lower water levels than does the North Carolina side near Bryson City and Cherokee.

Tuckasegee River Fishing Report

The Tuckasegee River has been really high for most of the month making wading difficult the last two weeks. We have been able to fish the river from drift boats and it has fished strong despite the water being up. Clarity has been good and the hatches have been consistent. Black caddis and winter stoneflies have made up the majority of the hatches we are encountering. On sunny days we have had some Blue Quills pop out on occasion and some early Brown Stone nymphs have been crawling across the bottom.

Cherokee Fly Fishing Report

The Cherokee Trophy Section on the Raven Fork is fishing strong this winter. The water is flowing full to high making wading a little trickier than normal. However for those willing to put the effort in, they are being rewarded with some fantastic rainbow and brown trout. We’ve seen may personal best fish caught this month. Hatches are starting around mid morning and last until the sun starts to drop beyond the distant ridge lines. Black caddis, winter stoneflies are blue winged olives make up the majority of what we are seeing. Stream temperatures have been on the chilly side as the water here comes straight out of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You definitely want to dress in warm layers when fishing here. Our guides are reporting clients catching fish on big streamers all day and in the afternoons dry fly action is picking up.

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November Fly Fishing Report, Great Smoky Mountains

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November is one our favorite times to fly fish in the Smoky Mountains region. Big fish start making their appearances in many of the larger creeks and rivers in the mountains. Late Fall and Winter has long been known as being the best time to catch a big Brown trout.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The fishing inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is doing well. Morning subsurface action gives way to some dry fly action in the afternoons. Caddis and BWO’s are mainstays for the moment as we anxiously await Little Winter Stones to start making their appearances in a few weeks. We are seeing many good sized Browns very active in the lower reaches on larger creeks. Brook trout spawning continues in the high elevations and should finish up in the next week or two. Be very aware not to walk on spawning reds. These areas resemble fresh swept gravelly places in the stream bed typically out of heavier current flows. These areas are full of eggs that can be easily crushed if stepped on. Be careful where you step and avoid these areas at all cost. What you step on today could seriously impact generations for several years to come. Also we don’t want to get into the whole ethics debate of fishing over spawning fish, but seriously don’t be a jackass and fish them. Leave em’ alone, let em’ spawn. There’s plenty of other fish that aren’t actively spawning you can cast at.

Tuckasegee River

The Tuckasegee River is absolutely on fire this time of year! The Delayed Harvest sections on the Tuck are some of the best fishing in the south from November until May. Stocked heavily with Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout this river offers incredible action and versatility. You can fish dry flies, nymphs and streamers all day long and find consistent hatches almost every day throughout the season. Our guides are putting clients on both big fish and good numbers of fish each day. Wade trips and Float Trips are both producing great results. The Tuckasegee River is a tail-water and has numerous freestone tributaries feeding its rich bio-diverse waters. Fact is the Tuck is home to more than 72 species of fish and countless species of invertebrates.

Cherokee Trophy Section

The Cherokee Trophy Section is a beautiful and unique fishery. This time of year fishing is fabulous for large trout and combined the added bonus of seeing the elk while casting a fly make Cherokee hard to pass up. The Raven Fork and Oconaluftee River are bordered on one side by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway along the opposite bank. The scenery is just as good as the fishing! Our guides are putting clients on some true fish of a lifetime. Large Rainbows and Browns that will take your reel into the backing and leave you speechless is the order of the day. These big fish will test you every step of the way and provide a challenge for even the most skilled.

Hatches and Flies

Consistent hatches of Blue Winged Olives, Midges, Caddis, Sedge and Stones are still mainstays in the park and across the region. Terrestrials such as flying ants and beetles are also hot tickets. This time of year you cannot overlook the importance of egg patterns. With several species of fish spawning, an egg can be the best morsel of fat and protein a fish may see all day. Streamers continue to produce with great results. Game Changers are absolutely smoking it on the Tuckasegee River and Cherokee Trophy section with smaller offerings such as black woolly’s and natural Zonkers bringing the big boys to net inside the park.

Stop by our fully stocked Fly Shop in Bryson City for a great fly selection and accurate up to the minute stream beta on every stream in the region. We have several quality product lines of gear with the latest offerings from R.L Winston, Moonshine Rods, Ross Reels, Redington, Rio, Renzetti, and many other.

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report July 25, 2019

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Smoky Mountain Fishing Report

The Great Smoky Mountains are fishing exceptional this week. Heavy rains early in the week swelled streams and muddied the water on Tuesday. Water levels have dropped fast as expected, and streams are looking good once again. The great thing about the mountains are they drain water rapidly. So when you get a heavy rain event, it’s typically only a day or so before things return to fishable levels.

Weather forecast for the remainder of the week looks good. Clear and sunny for the most part with scattered showers possible on Sunday. Don’t let the chance of rain keep you indoors, pack your rain jackets and be ready to adapt to quickly changing conditions. When rain swollen streams start to fall, fish the banks and pockets where many fish will take safe haven. The biggest predator Brown trout in the Smokies will seek these places out to ambush smaller prey. Rain also cools things off a bit and cools water temps which really brings on the bite!

Yellow Sallies continue to be the hot ticket fly for nearly all streams inside the park. These are some of my favorite hatches of the year as they provide consistent action for several months. The dries are easy to spot even for the most untrained eyes underneath the darkest overhangs.

We’re starting to see more and more hoppers along streams Abrams Creek in Cades Cove, Little River along the roadsides, and the Oconaluftee river in Cherokee. Its a common misconception about fishing with hoppers in the Smokies. Most anglers are under the impression that these large flies are mostly reserved for the Rocky Mountain west, however they have their place in the Smokies too. Keep a few handy in your fly boxes as you’ll need them here too.

Hot Flies

Yellow Stimulator #10-16, Conner’s Yellow Palmer #12-16, Royal Wulff #12-16, Tennessee Wulff #12-16, Adams Parachute #12-18, Female Adams #12-18, Adams Variant #12-16, Thunderhead #12-18, Secret Weapon #12-16, Green Drakes #8-10, Daves Hopper in Olive and Yellow #8-14, Little Yellow Sallies #14-16, Light Hendrickson #12-16, Dark Hendrickson #12-16, Sulpher dries #12-14, March Browns #10-14, Tan Elk Hair Caddis #12-16, Olive Elk Hair Caddis #12-16, Cinnamon Elk Hair Caddis in #12-16, Blue Winged Olives in #18-22, Golden Stonefly nymphs #8-12, Brown Stonefly nymphs #6-10, Yellow Sallie nymphs #12-16, Pheasant Tail Nymphs #12-18, Hares Ear nymphs #12-16, Rainbow Warriors in #14-20, Caddis Pupae #14-18, and cream midges in #22-26, Black Midges #22-26. For Streamer patterns, black and olive Woolly Buggers in sizes #6-8, Brown and Olive Sculpin in #6-8, white, black, and olive Zonkers #6-10, Game Changers in #4-8, yellow Zoo Cougars #4-8, and yellow Kiwi Muddlers #6-10.

Bryson City Fly Shop

We just recieved a new shipment of the wildly popular Moonshine Rods in the Bryson City shop. These rods are beautifully appointed and offer one of the best deals in the industry. The all come with an extra tip and a hard shell carrying case along with a lifetime warranty and the best customer service in the business! You just cant beat the deal on these rods. Of course the biggest question is how do they fish? The answer is easy, they fish amazingly well. I personally am in love with the fiberglass Revival series rods. Its no secret I’m a huge Brook trout junkie and love fishing dry flies on tiny streams in the Smokies. In most cases I seek out creeks that run through laurel hells and tight places where most folks wouldn’t fish. These rods are quickly becoming some of my favorites!

Hope you have a wonderful remainder of the week and a get a chance to wet a line

We’ll see you on the water!

Eugene

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report July 5, 2019

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Smoky Mountains Trout

The Great Smoky Mountains region is fishing fantastic. Cooler overall temperatures for June have kept river and creek conditions optimal for great dry fly fishing inside the park. Pop up storms in the back country go a long way in keeping the stream levels in check also cooling the water temps.

This week Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are crazy with people here in the mountains for the 4th of July celebrations. Bryson City is also packed with people. Last night the Americas Got Talent semi finalist Mountain Faith, played a concert in front of our fly shop in Bryson City. Such an awesome expereince to watch these incredibly talented muscians from our region perform to thousands of people right on door step. The fly shop was a buzz with people all day long often times with a line coming in and out of the door, and our staff worked overtime to keep up with it all. As much work as the 4th is, we cant wait to do it all over again next year!

With all the people in the region, you can still find solitude on streams that require a little more effort getting into. Most people don’t venture more than 100 yards from their cars, even less get more than a mile from parking areas. If you’re willing to walk 45 minutes or so you can get to some of the best fishing in the Smokies. Some of our current favorites are the Little River above Elkmont hiking well above Husky Branch or into Goshen Prong. Hiking well up. Stream in the Tremont area will provide some fantastic fishing too. One of the more Of course the North Shore streams of Fontana on Hazel Creek and Forney Creek. You can hike back up Deep Creek past the Bumgarner Bend and get into less pressured water easily too.

Hot Flies

Yellow Stimulator #10-16, Conner’s Yellow Palmer #12-16, Royal Wulff #12-16, Tennessee Wulff #12-16, Adams Parachute #12-18, Female Adams #12-18, Adams Variant #12-16, Thunderhead #12-18, Secret Weapon #12-16, Green Drakes #8-10, Mahogany Duns in #12-14, Little Yellow Sallies #14-16, Light Hendrickson #12-16, Dark Hendrickson #12-16, Sulpher dries #12-14, March Browns #10-14, Tan Elk Hair Caddis #12-16, Olive Elk Hair Caddis #12-16, Cinnamon Elk Hair Caddis in #12-16, Blue Winged Olives in #18-22, Golden Stonefly nymphs #8-12, Brown Stonefly nymphs #6-10, Yellow Sallie nymphs #12-16, Pheasant Tail Nymphs #12-18, Hares Ear nymphs #12-16, egg patterns in #10-12, Rainbow Warriors in #14-20, Caddis Pupae #14-18, and cream midges in #22-26, Black Midges #22-26. For Streamer patterns, black and olive Woolly Buggers in sizes #6-8, Brown and Olive Sculpin in #6-8, white, black, and olive Zonkers #6-10, Game Changers in #4-8, yellow Zoo Cougars #4-8, and yellow Kiwi Muddlers #6-10.

Best Bass flies this week;

Chart/white, tan/white, red/white and olive/white Clouser Minnows, #6-8, olive Sculpins #4-8, black, olive, and white Woolly Buggers #4-8, Crayfish in orange and olive #4-8, Fire tiger Puglisi baitfish #4-6, Game Changers #2-8, Deer Hair poppers in Cart, black, blue, white, pink and purple #4-12, Deceivers in #6-8, Moto minnow #4-8, Slumpbusters #4-8, Hellgramites #4-10, Golden Stoneflies #6-10, Damselfly nymphs in #8-10, foam Dragonflies in blue, olive and brown, #6-10, Mudich Minnows #4-10, Home Invaders in tan, olive, yellow, white, and natural #4-8, Kiwi Muddlers in white, yellow, tan, and black #4-10, yellow, tan, and black #4-10

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Summer Fly Fishing in the Smoky Mountains

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Summer Fly Fishing the Smoky Mountains

Summer Fly Fishing in the Smoky Mountains is incredible! If you haven’t been out yet, grab a rod and hit some of the fantastic rivers and lakes in the region. This Summer’s Fly Fishing Report gives you an idea of what to expect, and what to use straight from the guides.

The top destination this month has to be the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park streams are fishing at their peak for the year. Trout everywhere are taking dry flies all day long, which in our opinion, is the most fun you can have with a fly rod! The most beautiful streams and trout that we have to offer are in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here we catch Rainbow, Brown, and Brook trout. Catching a Grand Slam of all three species in a single Full Day Trip is very possible!

Two locations to serve you best! Gatlinburg TN, and Bryson City NC

Rates starting at $75.00 per person!

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Summer Trout Fishing in the Smokies

The Trophy Trout section of the Raven Fork in Cherokee is another hot destination this Summer. Recently restocked, this section is fishing well. Big fish are working in the early morning and late evening in the current seams and tail-outs. There’s nothing like watching a trophy sized trout take a well placed dry fly off the surface. This area is best in summer for experienced fly fishers as subtle takes and dead drifts are paramount.

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Float Trips

The Tuckasegee River is still producing some good trout fishing early morning until noon then again in the evenings when the bite really turns back on! We are catching quality Rainbow and Brown trout, some getting in the 20 inch club! Overcast cooler days or rainy days have been best for trout! For river Smallmouth fishing look no further than the Tuckasegee and Little Tennessee Rivers. Both are producing some great action for Smallies. The top water bite is on mid-day from noon until dark. Take advantage of our afternoon start time on the Float Trip Special at 3:00pm for some great action! For morning and evening, use sub surface lures and flies. Pearl white Flukes and spinner baits, along with a multitude of streamer flies will get you into some good Smallmouth.

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Fontana Lake

Fontana Lake is fishing good for Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass. Look for rocky shoreline and mud lines coming from wind lines off of banks and points. Crank baits, Buzz baits, Spinner baits and flukes are working really well. River mouths and coves are still the hottest spots to catch some big Largemouth. Nantahala and the Little Tennessee River mouths are hot areas right now to catch some bruisers.

Best flies this week

Yellow Stimulator #10-16, Conner’s Yellow Palmer #12-16, Royal Wulff #12-16, Tennessee Wulff #12-16, Adams Parachute #12-18, Female Adams #12-18, Adams Variant #12-16, Thunderhead #12-18, Secret Weapon #12-16, Green Drakes #8-10, Mahogany Duns in #12-14, Little Yellow Sallies #14-16, Light Hendrickson #12-16, Dark Hendrickson #12-16, Sulpher dries #12-14, March Browns #10-14, Tan Elk Hair Caddis #12-16, Olive Elk Hair Caddis #12-16, Cinnamon Elk Hair Caddis in #12-16, Blue Winged Olives in #18-22, Golden Stonefly nymphs #8-12, Brown Stonefly nymphs #6-10, Yellow Sallie nymphs #12-16, Pheasant Tail Nymphs #12-18, Hares Ear nymphs #12-16, egg patterns in #10-12, Rainbow Warriors in #14-20, Caddis Pupae #14-18, and cream midges in #22-26, Black Midges #22-26. For Streamer patterns, black and olive Woolly Buggers in sizes #6-8, Brown and Olive Sculpin in #6-8, white, black, and olive Zonkers #6-10, Game Changers in #4-8, yellow Zoo Cougars #4-8, and yellow Kiwi Muddlers #6-10.

Best Bass flies this week;

Chart/white, tan/white, red/white and olive/white Clouser Minnows, #6-8, olive Sculpins #4-8, black, olive, and white Woolly Buggers #4-8, Crayfish in orange and olive #4-8, Fire tiger Puglisi baitfish #4-6, Game Changers #2-8, Deer Hair poppers in Cart, black, blue, white, pink and purple #4-12, Deceivers in #6-8, Moto minnow #4-8, Slumpbusters #4-8, Hellgramites #4-10, Golden Stoneflies #6-10, Damselfly nymphs in #8-10, foam Dragonflies in blue, olive and brown, #6-10, Mudich Minnows #4-10, Home Invaders in tan, olive, yellow, white, and natural #4-8, Kiwi Muddlers in white, yellow, tan, and black #4-10, yellow, tan, and black #4-10

Two locations to serve you best! Gatlinburg TN, and Bryson City NC

Rates starting at $75.00 per person!

For Reservations call (828)-488-7665 or book securely from our website!

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Summer Fly Fishing the Smoky Mountains
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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report June 1st 2019

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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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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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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

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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