Great Smoky Mountains National Park has about 2,900 miles of streams within its boundaries, with wild trout habitats in abundance. It offers a wide variety of angling experiences from remote, headwater trout streams to large, cool water smallmouth bass streams. The streams remain at or near their carrying capacity of fish and offer a great opportunity to catch trout and smallmouth bass throughout the year.
Western North Carolina, or “WNC,” consists of the mountainous areas west of Charlotte, North Carolina all the way west to the Tennessee state line, as far north as the border with Virginia, and as far south as the Georgia and South Carolina state lines. We have some of the best fly fishing trout streams and rivers that you can find anywhere in the world. See our blog posts about Western North Carolina.
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.
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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The new year has already proved to be challenging for many families throughout the Southeast. Parents are still juggling working from home and helping children with remote learning. We are still spending endless hours video conferencing inside our houses with little opportunity to get out and about. Add in the cold of winter, and it can feel like the walls are closing in every day. You need an escape. As spring brings warmer temperatures, you need the clean air and rolling waters of western North Carolina and the Great Smokey Mountains.
For some, the perfect mountain getaway is a hotel room with a view of a ridgeline. It involves shopping and exploring high-elevation cities. For others, it is an opportunity to get away from the concrete jungle and reconnect with nature. Fly Fishing in the Cullasaja River is an experienced angler’s dream trip. You will find few places as untouched and remote while still convenient to charming towns like Franklin and Highlands. Here is why we want you to choose the picturesque Cullasaja River for your next fly fishing getaway.