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Fishing Trips in Western North Carolina

Posted by on March 27, 2016

Fishing Trips in Western North Carolina

 

Fishing Trips in Western North Carolina

Big Tuckasegee Brown Trout on a recent float trip. Photo Credit – Jason Cole

 

Spring fishing here in Western North Carolina and East Tennessee has been hot.  Recent guided trips on the Tuckasegee, Nantahala, Raven Fork, West Fork of the Pigeon and the Smokies have been producing some very nice fish.  Our float trips on the Tuckasegee River Delayed Harvest have been some of our best trips.  Pictured above is big brown trout new client Tanner landed a couple of weeks ago.  This big fish couldn’t resist a #8 Black/Olive Hot Head Marvin Stonefly.

 

Fishing Trips in Western North Carolina

Longtime friend and client Tom C. from Florida with a beautiful Tuckasegee Northern Brook Trout. This big fish fell for a #10 Natural Pine Squirrel Leech. Photo Credit – Jason Cole

 

The fishing on the Delayed Harvest Streams will get even better next week when they receive the April stocking.  The Webster/Sylva section of the Tuck will get another stocking just shy of 10,000 trout.  We still have some openings for April wade and float trips on this river.

 

Fishing Trips in Western North Carolina

Beginner Fly Fishing Trips in Gatlinburg, TN.  

 

Fishing Trips in Western North Carolina and East Tennessee

Fishing Trips in Western North Carolina

Raven Fork with repeat clients. Hookers Fly Shop guide, Miller Watson, putting his client on a big Raven Fork Rainbow. March 2016.

Streams in the Smokies have been hot this spring as well.  With recent warmer temperatures the hatches have been good and fish are beginning to look up.  Dry fly fishing will only get better from here on out as we start seeing more bugs on the water.  Hot flies for the next few weeks will be:

Blue Quills #14-16

Red Quills/Hendricksons #12-16

Quill Gordons #12-16

Blue Wing Olives #14-18

Midges #16-22

Later on in April hatches will include:

Light Cahills #12-16

March Browns #10-14

Sulphurs #16-18

Yellow Sally #14-16

Cream Caddis #12-16

Fishing Trips in Western North Carolina

The Raven Fork in Cherokee, NC has been producing some nice big bows this spring.  You may not find the numbers here like you would on a delayed harvest stream but these fish are definitely healthy.  Trout here average 18″ or more.  It is not uncommon to hook into 20-25″ rainbows and browns.

Fishing Trips in Western North Carolina

A big Raven Fork Rainbow from early March 2016. Photo Credit – Jason Cole

 

Fishing Trips in Western North Carolina

Fishing Trips in Western North Carolina

A group of repeat clients getting ready to hit the water with the guides at Hookers Fly Shop and Guide Service. March 2016.

If you are a beginner that is looking to get into the sport of fly fishing or an advanced angler looking to hone  your skills or fish some new water Hookers Fly Shop has the trip for you.  We offer trips for single anglers up to large groups such as corporate outings, team building retreats, church groups. boy scouts and more.

Fishing Trips in Western North Carolina

Getting ready for a Tuckasegee Float Trip.

Fishing Trips in Western North Carolina

All hatchery supported streams will also re-open this coming Saturday April 2nd.   Tight Lines!

Book your next fly fishing adventure with the guides at Hookers Fly Shop and Guide Service.  Call 828-587-4665 or email us at hookersflyshop@yahoo.com  Visit our Online Store book your trip online.

Repeat client with a nice Tuckasegee Rainbow Trout. Photo Credit – Cole Cantrell

 

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New clients fishing the Tuckasegee River. Photo Credit – Christopher Maney

 

Nice brown on a Tuckasegee Float Trip.

 

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Fly Fishing is fun for the whole family. March 2016.

 

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Big Tuckasegee Brook Trout.

 

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Tuckasegee Brown Trout

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