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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 region.

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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. 2023 Spring stocking dates are March 6rd, April 10th, and May 2nd. 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. Be sure to check our our Seasonal Specials for some great deals on guided trips!

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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 becoming active inside the park starting in March and activity increases rapidly each month into the summer. By late April to early May the Smokies trout feed heavily and dry fly fishing becomes the best choice! Streams such as the famed Hazel Creek and Forney Creek in North Carolina are long time favorites of experienced wild trout anglers. Deep Creek and the Oconaluftee River near Bryson City and Cherokee are some of the hottest choices for NC. 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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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!

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Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Report

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The big news in fly fishing is the Tuckasegee River. This fantastic tailwater located on the North Carolina side of the Smokies is fishing incredible. April’s stocking of trout has put this already amazing river over the top! Our guided trips are seeing tons of fish put in the nets and anglers getting shots at hundreds of fish. Average size of trout on the Tuckasegee is 14-18 inches with numerous fish exceeding 20 inches and beyond. We are seeing great hatches of Stoneflies, Quill Gordons, and March Browns. On cloudy days heavy hatches of Blue Winged Olives have trout looking upend feeding heavy. Streamers are pulling in big aggressive fish especially when fished slow and deep. Nymph fishing is of course the best bet for both numbers and size.

Fly Fishing the Smokies

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park streams are shaping up nicely. As temperatures across the region warm up so does the trout fishing inside the park. Spring hatches of Quill Gordons and March Browns have trout hitting dry flies mid morning into early afternoon. Water flows have been very good and streams are running full and clear. Brown trout have been a favorite target early spring for out guides. Larger park browns have been hungry and feeding the best in lower elevation streams. Slow stripping dark streamers off the banks tend to draw the most strikes. Rainbows have been the staple of park fishing this spring and the most fish accounted for on dry flies. Brookies are starting to become more active as the higher elevation streams warm. Still not really falling for dries, running a small flashy nymph seems to do the trick on Brook trout.

The weekend forecast looks to be a wet one. A high chance of rain for Saturday will have us keeping our eyes on stream levels. Clarity probably won’t be much of an issue as this time of year streams don’t tend to get as dirty as summer rains do. Honestly a murky stream or river will yield bigger fish than clear water and blue skies. Just fish closer to banks and midstream obstacles as fish tend to bunch up out the heavier currents.

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Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Report

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Fly Fishing Report January 26, 2022

This week a nice warming trend sweeps across the Smoky Mountain region through Thursday. Highs each day creep into the low 50’s with the sun shinning through. We expect stream temps to warm slightly creating a flurry of trout feeding activity. Don’t be surprised to see afternoon hatches of winter black stones and blue winged olives bringing trout to the surface. Makes sure to bring a handful of dry flies to the river!

Tuckasegee River Fishing Report

The Tuckasegee River continues to impress this week. Our clients are sticking some very nice trout. Float Trips are the way to go in the cooler months for comfort and staying dry, and great way to cover more water. Currently we are catching some giants by stripping streamers tight to the banks in slacker water. Big browns and Bows are crusing these areas in search of easy meals. Dont strip too fast, as a slower moving bait fish pattern will get you plenty of attention from a predator. Hatches of Blue Wings and winter black stones are bringing trout to the surface mid day. On warmer sunny days expect to have some solid dry fly action. Nymphing heavy always picks up fish on the Tuck, getting flies down to the bottom really makes a difference.

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Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Report

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Fly Fishing Report January 22, 2022

Snow was the biggest news last week across the Smoky Mountains making fly fishing conditions a bit of a challenge. A massive weather system descended upon the region last weekend dumping large amounts of snow across many areas. Several peaks in the Smokies high country recieved 18 inches or more. Tempratures remained cold all week and more pockets of precipitation brought light skifts of snow once again. Light rain on Thursday helped to melt away most of the snow in lower elevations while keeping river levels fishable and clear. Early morning hours on Friday saw a sudden drop in temps which fascilitated the wringing of moisture from the atmosphere and created unforecasted snow events across the region. This made morning commutes tricky and brought a nice surprise for anglers on our guided trips early in the day. Fishing is actually quite good when its snows!

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Gatlinburg Fly Fishing Trips

Our new Gatlinburg Tropy Trout trips have been awesome. Clients are putting some great fish in the nets often times catching two at once! Water levels have remained clear and low, perfect for good wading. The trout have been feeding well on hatches on winter Stoneflies and black caddis. Ocaasionally we are seeing rishing trout on hatches of tiny blue winnged olives. Of course fishing streamers will certainly bring a big fish out of hiding to eat. Our newest offering is a 6hr privatley guided Wade Trip with all gear and flies included, along with lunch and drinks. Rates are $275 for one person or $325 for two people! You can easily book this trip online from our website or by calling our fly shop at 828-488-7665

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Tuckasegee River Fly Fishing

The Tuckasegee River has been fishing excellent for us this winter. Big fish have been plentiful and conditions have nearly perfect all season long. Streamer fishing always produces some big fish, its quality not quanity in this game. Stripping big meaty streamers on sink tips are pulling them up! If quantity is your thing, nymph fishing won’t disappopint. We’re picking lots of nice fish bouncing stoneflies and small caddis on the bottom. On warmer sunny days, we are seeing some dry fly action too. Hatches on black caddis and blue winged olives will keep the trout interested and coming up top to feed.

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Winter Fly Fishing Trips

Winter Fly Fishing in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee can be fantastic for big trout! Big Fish love Cold Weather! That’s a fact, and we have the pictures to prove it. The Smoky Mountains region have year around trout fishing, however in the Winter is when we see the biggest fish caught by our guests!

The NC side of the Smoky Mountains has miles of perfect trout filled water. Starting with the Tuckasegee River, which has a state managed Delayed Harvest section. This 7 mile long stretch of water is loaded to the max with Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout. Catching Grand Slam of all three species is a big possibility! The Tuckasegee River is a wide sprawling Rocky mountain sized tailwater river making trout fishing very near perfect here. During the winter months you can expect between 17,000-18,000 trout per mile. We offer both Wade Trips and Float Trips on this amazing river.

Whether you are staying near Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or Sevierville you are not far away from hitting world class fly fishing. The Tuckasegee River is only a short distance away, just 33 miles from downtown Gatlinburg! Bryson City and Cherokee is the closest towns to the river if you happen to be looking for lodging thats nearby.

For reservations call us at 828-488-7665 or visit us on the web at flyfishingthesmokies.net

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Fly Fishing Report October 12, 2021

Another beautiful day in the Great Smoky Mountains. Partly cloudy skies with highs reaching the mid 70’s across the region. No rain in sight for several days, just nice warm Fall weather and some great fishing!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The fishing inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is really hitting its stride. Water levels have backed down tremendously from last weeks heavy rains. The bite is very strong and we’re seeing tons of October Caddis hatching. These are some of our favorite Caddis of the year big bright orange flies in sizes #8-#10, the perfect dry fly for those of us who are visually challenged. Of course the terrestrial bite is insane right now too. Black ants and brown hoppers are getting smoked! We’re still seeing some yellow sallies and blue winged olives too. Keep an eye early morning and late evening for bigger Browns on the edges looking for an easy meal. These guys will either hit a large Caddis or Stimulator, and will take a streamer if you work it smartly.

Tuckasegee River Fly Fishing

The Tuckasegee River is fishing good. Water levels are dropping down and flows are getting better for wade fishing. The Tuck got another stocking today on the Dillsboro DH section. Bryson City was stocked on Monday and it looked to be a lot of fish put in the water. We expect the Dillsboro section to be crowded this week and especially into the weekend as water levels recede.

Nantahala River Fly Fishing

The Nantahala River is fishing very strong. The lower river is a hot ticket for great hatches and less crowds. Blue Winged Olives, October Caddis, Pale Morning Duns, lots of midges and dont forget terrestrials. Streamers are always a great bet on the lower Nantahala too. The legendary big Browns are always willing to smoke some meat! The DH section on the Nantahala is fishing fantastic. You can expect loads of people fishing and out having fun. Easy access and easy fishing always brings folks out in mass. Junk food is the hot ticket here, fresh stocked fish aren’t picky yet. Of course it wont take long before they figure out the game.

Cherokee Fly Fishing

Water levels have dropped quick on the Oconaluftee and Raven Fork. The Trophy Section is starting to fish really strong once again. Be smart and fish like you would for wild trout. They are leader shy, spooky and just plain educated on the game. Small nymphs and wet flies do the trick most of the time. Light tippet such as Rio’s Fluroflex Strong in 6.5X and 7X are the hot ticket for finicky trout. Euro Nymphing is a great way to catch trout in the more moderate to heavy flows. Heavy jig nymphs like Duracell’s and Waltz Worms do the trick getting down, tailing a Rio’s Pearl Jam or Raindrop will get you into some dandy fish. The Luftee is known the land over for October Caddis hatches. So make sure you are throwing something big and orange.

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Fly Fishing Report October 9, 2021

Finally the rain has moved out of the region and the Smoky Mountains start to dry out! Its been a soggy start to Fall so far. Overnight lows dropped into the mid 50’s in the backcountry, and low 60’s in Bryson City and Gatlinburg. Clearing skies gave way to the thinnest sliver of a moon which always makes for some good fishing. Trout didnt spend all night feeding on bugs hatching in the moonlight. Today’s highs are forecasted to hit mid 70’s. Should be a nice sunny Fall day, great for some fly fishing and college football.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park streams will be the best bet today for clear fishable water. Stream levels are dropping fast and many of the mid to high elevation streams are wadeable. The lower stretches on the Little River and Oconaluftee will still be pretty high and tough to wade for the most experienced. Hazel Creek and Forney are dropping out quick and should be manageable especially by the afternoon. Abrams Creek in Cades Cove will be fishable today aswell, the lower section of Abrams above Chilhowee lake will be still be pretty high and fast. Deep Creek and Noland Creek are both fishable today with water levels continuing to drop over the weekend.

Tuckasegee River Fishing Report

The Tuckasegee River Delayed Harvest section was stocked on Friday in Dillsboro. Although water levels remain high on the upper stretch for wading, fishing from drift boats will be the best option for today. The Tuckasegee has a 24/7 generation schedule on both the East and West fork over the next three days. Water levels will start to clear up by the start of the week and fishing will improve immensely.

Cherokee Fy Fishing Report

The Oconaluftee River in Cherokee is still running over 1000cfs and will be tough to wade. Although once you get above the confluence of the Raven Fork and the Luftee things should get better and much easier to wade in places such as the Trophy Section and the upper reaches of the general public water.

Nantahala River Fly Fishing Report

The Nantahala River remains on a 24/7 generation schedule on the lower tailwater section. Wading here will be treacherous at best. The delayed harvest section on Wayah Road is clearing up nicely and water levels are coming down fast. This section has already seen folks fishing in on Friday with good success. Expect to see lots of anglers here today and on Sunday.

Fires Creek Fishing Report

Fires Creek is fishable today and should provide some great action. Water here drains fast and doesn’t seem to blow out nearly as bad as other streams in the region. We’re seeing good hatches of October Caddis and fish are responding well to terrestrials. The usual suspects of Ants, Beetles, Hoppers and Inch worms are still doing the trick. Toss some streamers into the deep runs and get your string pulled hard. The bite is on out there pretty good.

Cullasaja River Fishing Report

The Cullasaja River coming out of Highlands NC is down right scary still. Water levels raged this week and were absolutely terrifying. It was beautiful to watch and photograph because of the sheer volume of water being pushed over the many cascades and massive waterfalls. The Cullasaja will be best enjoyed with a nice drive and sight seeing tour rather that risking it all to try and fish.

As always be safe out there especially after big rains. The streams are all moving quicker than they normally would be. Test out slower moving shallow sections of water familiar to you before diving in fully.

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Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Report

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Fly Fishing Report October 8, 2021

Rain continues to dominate the theme across the Smoky Mountains. Friday’s forecast is a 60% chance until around 8:00pm Friday night. Highs are expected to reach the low 70’s across the mountains in lower elevations and mid 60’s in the back country. This slight cool down cycle will last a couple days and temps will steadily climb back into the high 70’s by Sunday and Monday. Most creeks inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are fishable currently. A few of the lower elevation creeks are running quick and full so use caution when around these. Of course these streams will be awesome once the rain stops. Its no secret, the best time to catch a big Brown trout in the park is after a heavy rain. Higher elevation creeks are running full but are clear and fishable.

Tuckasegee River

The Tuckasegee River is blown out today. Heavy rains to the south near the headwaters of the Tuck caused water levels to jump rapidly. Run off from farms and construction projects in Jackson County have the river muddy and completely unfishable currently. Hopefully by the end of the weekend river levels will have dropped considerably and water clarity will improve.

Cherokee Fly Fishing

The Oconaluftee and Raven Fork in Cherokee are both currently running high and murky. Fishing the lower section of the Oconaluftee will be a waste of time. Water levels near Birdtown are 1200cfs. Its possible the Raven Fork will fish by Saturday. Honestly your best bet this weekend for a large trout will be in Cherokee. The Trophy Section will see fish pushed towards the banks and working a streamer should reward those willing to get out.

Nantahala River Fly Fishing

The Nantahala river is running high and muddy currently. The lower river below the powerhouse is likely a bust until Sunday. The only hope for a Friday bite on the Nanty will be on the Delayed Harvest section on Wayah Road. Water is running high and muddy but we are starting to see things clear up a bit. Fishing junk food and flashy streamers should put you into them. Definitely expect to see a lot of company on the Delayed Harvest section this weekend. We are aware of three different fly fishing clubs here this weekend set to fish the Nanty. Just be friendly to each other and try to make a new friend out there. Some of the best folks you will meet are on a trout stream.

Bryson City Fly Shop

Today we received a new shipment of some killer waterproof packs from a new company called Yankee Fork. Based in Idaho, these guys have created some great lumbar parks, sling packs and backpacks that are completely waterproof. Construction is bomber and everything has been thoughtfully laid out for the fly fisherman. I’ll get some pictures posted up in the next few days. We also got a new shipment of Brodin landing nets, both carbon fiber and their classic wooden nets. Brodin quality is on point and I especially love the handles on their wooden nets.

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on the water!

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Fly Fishing Report October 7, 2021

Today is going to be another rainy day in the Great Smoky Mountains. The forecast has 70% chance once again with temperatures reaching 72 for the high. Currently this morning is a comfortable 64 degrees here in Bryson City and the same for Gatlinburg. Streams all across the national park are running full. Most remain fishable and conditions are about perfect to toss streamers and catch some bigger Brown trout. Lower elevation streams such as the Little River and the Oconaluftee are good bets for catching some of the elusive pigs in the park. Higher elevation streams are fishable as stream levels have held good and the bite for Brookies is strong.

Hatches of October Caddis and a somelingering yellow sallies have been consistent. Brown Caddis in sizes #12- 14 and been bringing fish to the surface to feed as well. Rainey’s Crowdsurfer Stonefly dries are also killer patterns right now in brown, these make great bugs for dry dropper set ups. Blue Winged Olives are of course a great bet on these rainy overcast days. The best bugs by far right now are terrestrials with black ants topping the chart. RIO’s Glo Ant is our guides favorite choice at the fly shop. We just got another shipment this week and the bins have been restocked. Inch worms still surprisingly are putting big numbers of fish in the net too. Lots of hoppers are still found all across the park in grassy areas and along leaf litter around the creek banks. For those of you Euro Nymphing the park streams, Rio’s Pearl Jam and Duracell patterns and producing all day long along with Perdigons in brown. Frenchies of course are killing it to as always.

Tuckasegee River Fishing Report

North Carolina Delayed Harvest kicked off officially October 1st. The Tuckasegee River will be stocked in Dillsboro on October 8th and 12th, and in Bryson City on the 11th. Thousands of Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout will be stocked and under strictly enforced catch and release regulations until the first Saturday of June. Currently the Tuckasegee River in Bryson City is flowing at 2490cf and is pretty murky. The Tuckasegee River in Cullowhee near WCU is flowing 809cfs and much clearer. We expect river flows to remain about the same for the week and into the weekend with water clearing up as the rains subside. We expect Saturday and Sunday to be incredibly crowded in Dillsboro especially up near the island. Might want to bring your own rock from home so you will have one to stand on.

Nantahala River Fishing Report

Currently the Nantahala River is fishing well. The Delayed Harvest section along Wayah Road was just stocked and its about as full of fisherman as you would expect. Anglers from clubs as far away as Ohio have descended on the Nantahala to enjoy in the fun of opening DH season. The action is great and the bite is coming easy. Of course great access and plenty of good size fish is what makes this area highly popular. Its definitely one to “bring yer own rock” if you plan to fish there this weekend. The lower Nantahala is my favorite section to hit. Fishing is more technical and the water can be intimidating especially when water is being released. Hatches are plentiful and the fish eager and always willing to put up a great fight. These waters are home to some of the biggest Browns in the region. With the current rains and overcast days, you can expect to run some big articulated streamers along the deeper calm pockets and talk something big into making a mistake!

Bryson City Fly Shop

Our Fly Shop in downtown Bryson City has a great selection of flies and gear to help with any of your trips in the Smoky Mountains and surrounding region. This week we received another large shipment of Ross reels. We have the Animas and Colorado in both platinum and black in sizes from 2wt to 6wt. We also received another shipment of rods this week from Moonshine Rod company and RL Winston. Obviously Moonshine offers the most incredible deal in fly fishing with their Drifter series of rods. Beautifully crafted rods that come with an extra tip section and lifetime warranty all for a sub $200 price. You just cant beat a Moonshine. They fish great and are very forgiving casting wise allowing anglers of all skills levels to enjoy these fine rods. RL Winston sent us over a full line of Pure series rods and several of the chart topping new Air 2 rods.

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report

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Light rain fell sporadically overnight across the Smoky Mountain region. Stream levels remain largely unchanged as todays forecast calls for about a 40% chance of scattered light showers. Honestly thats even enough for the locals to want a rain jacket.

Great Smoky Mountains Fishing

The Smokies will fish good today. Lower elevation streams is where you want to focus. Little River and Green Briar in Tennessee will be the hot tickets. In North Carolina the best fishing will of course be Deep Creek, Oconaluftee River, and Forney Creek. no need to tart too early this morning, heavy fog will keep them trout tucked in bed until around 9:00am when hatches start happening and tings get to moving. Mid morning to mid afternoon should see BWO’s, Blue Quills, and Black Caddis moving about. If the sun comes out enough expect to see some movement from brown Stoneflies.

Tuckasegee River Fishing Report

This time of year of course the Deleayed Harvest sections on the Tuckasegee River are the hot topic. Water levels remain great with generation slowing last night with a big drop in water levels at Cullowhee this morning running at 258cfs from over 700cfs last night. The lower Tuckasegee in Bryson City is running 2550cfs and is expected to drop later in the day by 500cfs. Water clarity is excellent and the Fishign has been very strong. We’re seeing good hatches of BWO’s, black Caddis, march Browns, Blue Quills and Brown Stoneflies from mid morning until late afternoon. Wading should be easy peasy today on the upper section. Expect to see several people out there if you go. The lower section will not have near the pressure as water levels are perfect for floating but may be a challenge for many to wade.

Cherokee Trophy Section Report

The Cherokee Tropy Section is of course located on the Raven Fork and consists of the Oconaluftee river and the Raven Fork both. Currently the only stream gage on the Luftee is near the mouth, but gives a great perspective as to how things are unfolding upstream. Water levels are running at 827cfs which is very nice. Wading the Trophy Section today will be very easy. Expect the water clarity to be gin clear and the fish spooky. The overcast skies this morning will play into your advantage as the ig fish love an overcast sky. As the skies clear and hatches get underway, be increasingly deliberate with your presentation and stream approaches. These fish will have their gaurd up and wont tolerate much in the way of sloppy casts and splashy wading. Hatches of Black Caddis, and BWO’s combined with sporadic March Browns will keep them interested and you may spot some risers.

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