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Guided Fly Fishing Trips on the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail

Posted by on March 2, 2014

The past few days on the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail have be absolutely fantastic.  The weather  has been in the low 60s  giving us a very much needed taste of spring.  The fish have been extremely active as well.  Saturday and Sunday were spent on the Tuckasegee Delayed Harvest section with new clients.  Yesterday, I guided Peter K. from Candler.  He put a lot of fish in the net and even had a very productive afternoon fishing dry flies.  Throughout the day we saw Midges, Blue Wing Olives and Little Black Stoneflies hatching.  Size 16 PMX was the hot fly of the afternoon, fished with a number 16 soft hackle dropper.  Jig Stoneflies and Coffee/Black Hot Head Marvins were also very productive earlier in the day.

Peter’s first ever fish on the fly.


Today, I guided father and son Kurt and Peter from Greenville, SC.  This was Kurt and Peter’s first time fly fishing.  After a short casting lesson at the CJ Harris Boat Ramp we hit the river and immediately got into some fish.  The guys landed about half a dozen fish apiece during the morning hours.  Several fish were taken on Jig Stones and Hot Head Marvins and others were taken on Yellow Sucker Spawn.  After lunch we headed up to the upper section along South River Rd.  Here it was a bit more crowded with other anglers and boats, so we slipped into a section just below the island.  The afternoon was a much slower than the morning session, but Peter and Kurt put several more fish in the net before we ended the day.

Dry fly fishing on the Tuck.

The Tuckasegee Delayed Harvest section will be re-stocked this week with close to 10,000 more trout.  That brings the average fish per mile on this section to just over 5,000 fish.  We are booking up fast for the rest of March, April and May.  This is by far the best time to fish this beautiful river.  This section of river is very wader friendly if one or both forks are not generating.  To check the generation schedule of the East and West Fork of the Tuckasegee, click the Duke Power link on our homepage.

Fish On!

Hookers Fly Shop and Guide Service offers wade and float trips on the Tuckasegee River all year long.  During the Delayed Harvest months between Oct. and early June you will find us putting clients on fish along South River Rd. and North River Rd.  During the summer months we wade and float other sections of the Tuck for trout and smallmouth bass.  We offer several floats in the Cullowhee area from East Laporte down to Webster and several floats between Dillsboro and Bryson City.  The section below Dillsboro fishes great for trout and smallies throughout the whole summer.  Book a trip with us and let us show you what the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail has to offer.  Book now by calling 828-587-4665 or email us at


Use the convenient form below to book a trip or inquire about our services and one of our employees will contact you in less than 24 hours to confirm the trip.  In the message line list the type of trip, length, number of anglers and the date of the trip.