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!
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
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.