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Summertime Heat! How to be successful!!

Summertime Heat! How to be successful!!

Monday, 01 August 2016 08:15

With 90 degree days common this summer, you have to get creative here in the Smoky Mountains if you want to catch trout!

The first thing is to temp the water on your lower elevation watersheds. If it's near the upper 60's to 70 degrees let them rest.

That's when it's time to go higher in elevation, and yes this might mean a little hiking. These fish also have less pressure and are more likely to be friendly. If you are still having a hard time finding fish keep in mind how warm it is, the trout will be favoring the more oxygenated water types (Riffles, pocket water). They will also hunker down in the bottoms of deeper pools to relax. There are numerous streams like this in western North Carolina to play on! If you are still struggling give us a call and one of my guides will be more than happy to help you.

Tight lines!

Gordon Vanderpool

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Gordon began fly fishing as a teenager in southwestern Pennsylvania, where he was raised. He has snagged great catches from as far away as Nevada, California, and Belize. However, he and his wife decided to settle in western North Carolina, where they started Turning Stones. Gordon is a Certified Casting Instructor for the Federation of Fly Fishers and the  Southeastern Coach of the USA Youth Fly Fishing Team.