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!

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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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Tuckasegee River Fly Fishing Report February 2018

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The fly fishing is getting hot on the Tuckasegee River in North Carolina. Hands down the top destination for fly fishing in the entire southeast this Spring will be the Tuck! More trout per mile than any river in the south right now, and things only get better as time goes. Each month this Spring, the Tuck will receive additional stockings bringing the trout count total per mile to a staggering 34,000 trout per mile!

The Brown trout bite on the Tuckasegee River is incredibly strong this time of year. Over cast days are fishing great, add a little rain and you’ve got yourself the makings of a big fish day! So grab a friend, call in sick, let your kid skip school for the day; do whatever you can to get here. Its going to be a Spring to remember!

Water levels are near perfect this week and air temperatures are incredible. Day time highs this week have reached mid 70’s which is unheard of in February. This warm weather has triggered fantastic  hatches of Stoneflies and Caddis. Trout are feeding aggressively on top and subsurface. Streamers are also working well.

Let our staff of excellent professional guides get you on the Tuckasegee River and into some fantastic Trout this Spring!

We have some great Spring Specials that will put you into the fish during the best times to be here!

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Spring Fly Fishing around the corner

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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 Fly Fishing

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. Spring stocking dates are March 2nd, April 4th, 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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Nantahala River

The Nantahala River is an excellent Spring time choice for fly fishing in North Carolina. Known around the world for its super cold water with excellent populations of wild fish. Trout Unlimited named the Nantahala one of the Top 100 rivers in North America. Starting April the lower Nantahala is a dry fly paradise. Excellent hatches of Caddis swarm the air and bring even the biggest fish to the surface to feed.

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Smoky Mountain Snow

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Snow in the Great Smoky Mountains is always a beautiful sight. It might just be the prettiest time of the year! Things just look different covered with snow. The mountains and streams that we see typically each day are transformed into something else entirely once snow covers them.

When inclement weather happens, the main roads inside the park get closed down due to snow and ice. The higher elevation passes get really slick and the park service cannot use salt on the roads because of runoff into nearby streams which could risk of damaging fragile ecosystems. Often times roads stayed closed for days until its safe to travel again. There are however places you can enjoy inside the park without risking life and limb in order to do so.

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The Mountain Farm Museum sits in the beautiful Oconaluftee River valley. Here you can see Elk grazing in the fields and get an idea of what life may have been like over 150 years ago. The Mountain Farm Museum is comprised from old structures that were located inside the Smoky Mountains before the park was established. These structures were carefully disassembled and moved here for park visitors to see what a mountain farm once looked like. Visitors can explore a log farmhouse, barn, apple house, corn crib, springhouse, and a working blacksmith shop to get a sense of how families may have lived over 100 years ago.

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Mingus Mill sits on the the banks of Mingus Creek which is a tributary of the Oconaluftee River near Cherokee. Built in 1886 and still in operation today, this mill is a water turbine which is vastly different from the typical water wheel style gristmills. Either way, you aint lived until you have ate bread made from fresh ground cornmeal! The old Mingus Mill is an awesome sight covered in snow and ice. Some icicles hang more than 15ft high from the flume to the ground!

Luftee Baptist Church sits off the banks of the Oconaluftee River just about two miles inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is such a peaceful place in the winter. Its a beautiful old church and still has regular services on Sunday morning during the summer months. Sometimes I walk inside this time of year and just take a seat on one of the old pews. I’d would have love to heard those old preachers years ago teach the Gospel. Nothing like the feeling of an old school Baptist preacher getting the congregation fired up!

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Mt. LeConte Lodge sits high on top Mt Leconte at 6593 ft in elevation. Weather here can be very drastic and change rapidly. Some of the highest recorded snowfall totals inside the park have been on Mt LeConte. Its a great hike to the top best enjoyed in winter with thoughtful planning and the right gear. The lodge is closed in winter however there is a caretaker at the lodge who is really cool to visit with. Views of the Smokies here are breathe taking. Although when it snows the roads that lead to the trail heads often close, there are several routes to the top.

Get out this winter when it snows and explore the Smoky Mountains. Trails typically remain open although some of the roads may close. Good planning can lead to some great pictures and new experiences.

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