Delayed Harvest is the time of year, usually starting in the fall and running into early summer, when trout fisheries are heavily stocked and strict “catch and release” rules are implemented.
We will start with the Tuckasegee River, the fly fishing has been red hot on the Tuck lately! We have been throwing flashy streamers in olive and black with very aggressive takes! As far as the nymphing game goes it has also been on fire with the normal bugs being used like, #14 Flashback Pheasant tails, #14 Flashback Hares Ears, #18 zebra midges, #12 San Juans in all colors!! If your fishing under an indicator, just focus on good drifts and you'll be rewared! for the dry fly junkie, Spend some time and look for the little clouds of midges flying on the surface and target those areas with a #22 Adams and they will light it up!!
The Nantahala River Delayed Harvest section is fishing good as well with the same bugs being used! There are lots of fish in the deep pools, and they are more than willing to munch down your offering! I'm seeing lots of little Crane flies, Caddis and midges buzzing around! If you target the edges with really small dries and light tippets you will pick up some wild fish, which is always a bonus!
The Nantahala river tailwater section, AKA Lower Nanty is a different animal altogether! Lots of small mayflies here for the dry fly guy! Fish #18- 22 BWO'S and Midges on the edges and you will be rewarded! However, these fish can be technical in nature for the beginner so I would use 7x tippet here to give you a good chance of getting lots of takes! If you plan to go subsurface, I would stick with 7x and throw small brown and olive thin bodied may fly nymphs! The drift must be drag free for best results!! I love fly fishing here because it has some of the most beautiful wild Rainbows any place around!
The Raven Fork is fishing solid as well! I have been tossing A mix of the above choices and doing well! Dont be afraid to use some loud stuff to get those big fish to come alive, you will be glad you did!
At this very moment, the streams are all high and cranking with the rain we've had! they will drop and be very fishable in no time! And when they do, all of the above will get it done for you! If you have any questions dont hesitate to call! If you dont have any luck, give us a call and we would be happy to guide you to some fish! Tight lines to you all!!
Location: Tuckasegee River, Nantahala River Delayed Harvest, Nantahala River tailwater, Fly fishing only section on the Raven Fork!
Well, The summer weather is slowly slipping past us. As it happens the fishing is starting to improve with the cooler temperatures! We are about to have some of the best fly fishing of the year in our grasps. October 1st means the start of North Carolina's Delayed Harvest season! What does that mean??? Well, let's just say trout fishing is about to go through a big change for the better. Starting the first week of October, North Carolina will start stocking the Tuckasegee river, Nantahala River, West Fork Of The Pigeon River, Snowbird Creek, and Fires Creek!! All of which are in western North Carolina and on our radar for guide trips!! We will also have float trips on the Tuckasegee River for trout!! This time of year is an absolutely perfect time for a new fly angler to have a go at fly fishing!! The fish will be waiting, and are quite friendly to the new fly fisher! We here at Turning Stones Fly Fishing hope we can be a part of your first fly fishing adventure!
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We're still experiencing warm temps here in the Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina!! We are fishing for small wild fish in backcountry locations at this time, and will continue to do so until the 2016 North Carolina fall delayed harvest stockings start at the beginning of October! As of now, the bite is still pretty good depending on which stream we go to. Adams Parachutes, yellow Stimulators, and Caddis in sizes 12-18 will get it done if presented properly. poor drifts will result in a long day for the angler!
As far as the 2016 fall North Carolina delayed harvest stockings go that will change everything. the fishing will be red hot here in just a few short weeks. You won't find a prettier place to be in trout water than here in the Smokies at that time of year!! Trips are booking every day for this now, don't miss out on the action!!
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