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Guided Fly Fishing in Western North Carolina

Posted by on May 31, 2012

It has been a busy week here at Hookers Fly Shop and Guide Service.  All of our guides have been on the water all week.  Cris Weatherford, Clint Holcomb, Tim Sheehan and I have been guiding all over Western North Carolina.  We have had wade and float trips on the Tuckasegee and several wade trips on the Nantahala, West Fork of the Pigeon, Caney Fork/Piney Mtn/Rough Butt and the Cherokee Tribal Waters.

On Monday, I had the pleasure of guiding a great group of anglers on the West Fork of the Pigeon.  The day was decent with several rainbows and brookies brought to the net.  Mallory even had a close encounter with a large water snake that swam right between her legs.  Hot flies were #8 Olive Polar Flash Buggers with a #10 B.H. Prince Nymph trailer.  Overall fantastic day on the water.

Fly Fishing the Nantahala River

On Tuesday, I guided local TU member Jerry D. from Sylva, NC on the Lower Nantahala River.  The day started out with a bang with a 16″ Brown trout taken on a #8 Hot Head Brown Marvin.  Jerry landed several decent wild rainbows around Patton’s Run and a few more nice trout about a mile above the NOC.  Hot flies of the day were #12 Quasimodo Pheasant Tails, #8 Brown Hot Head Marvins and #6 UV Dubbed Bottom Rollers.  Clint also had a float trip on the Tuck DH and reports over 30 fish brought to the net.

Ed with a nice Wild Rainbow on Piney Mtn. Creek

Yesterday, I guided repeat client and good friend Ed F. from Fayetteville, NC.  This was Ed’s 6th or 7th trip with me and this time he wanted to try something new.  He wanted to fish some of the smaller streams on the WNC Fly Fishing Trail.  We decided to fish upper Caney Fork and Piney Mtn Creek.   Ed had a fantastic day on the water.  He landed over 30 fish including a 12-13″ wild rainbow and a 9-10″ Wild Brookie.  The hot fly setup of the day was a #14 Yellow Caddis with a #18 B.H. Copper John dropper.  About 3/4 of the fish were on the Caddis.  Guiding Ed is always a pleasure.

Today, I guided Chris N. from Nashville, TN on the West Fork of the Pigeon.  Chris landed over 20 fish mostly brook trout and a handful of rainbows and one brown giving him the grand slam for the day.  Most of the fish were taken on a #8 Olive Bugger with a #10 B.H. Prince Nymph trailer.

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