We have experienced some excellent fishing over the past few weeks here in Western North Carolina. The Tuckasegee River, West Fork of the Pigeon, Cherokee, Nanathala and the Smokies have been producing some nice fish on our guided trips. The river levels are great and there have been plenty of bugs hatching. Over the past few days we have seen plenty Light Cahills and Little Yellow Stones as well as plenty of hungry trout eager to rise up and pick them off the surface.
Early in the week I had the pleasure of guiding Scott and Chris on a half day on the Tuckasegee Delayed Harvest. Scott probably brought close to 20 fish to the net including several nice rainbows in the 14-16″ range and several brookies. Chris also did really well and even picked up a few on dry flies. Little Yellow Stones were hatching so we tied on a #14 Goldie Hawn that produded several rainbows.
This past Wednesday and Thursday I had a some folks out on a two day float on the Tuckasegee River Delayed Harvest. The first day produced some decent fish but there was also plenty of rain, and by 2pm the river was extremely high and muddy. The second day was a bit better and produced plenty of rainbow, brook and brown trout. Mr. Heller from Myrtle Beach and grand daughter both got the grand slam for the day.
On Friday morning I had a half day beginner trip on the Tuckasegee Delayed Harvest section. The upper section along South River Rd. was fairly crowded, so we decided to fish the middle section along North River Road. Mr. Borchelt and son from Atlanta, Ga. caught plenty of brookies and rainbows and one smallmouth bass.
Later on that afternoon, fellow guide Logan Needham and I guided some fine folks from Atlanta on the Cherokee Trophy Waters. While this section of river can produce some hefty sized trout, you often will not find the numbers you would find on Nantahala or the Tuckasegee Delayed Harvest sections. Several fish in the 15-16 inch range were brought to the net, but the big fish didn’t seem very interested in what we had to offer. Michael had one fish in the 20-21″ range come up and swallow his hopper off the surface but it quickly spit the hook.
The past two days I’ve had the pleasure of guiding repeat client Dan C. from Atlanta, Ga. On Saturday we did a smallmouth float on the lower Tuckasegee River. There are some extremely productive sections on the lower section and it is almost guaranteed that you will not run into any other anglers. Dan quickly got into some nice bass.
The cool thing about this section of river is you never know what you might reel in. We have had clients catch not only Smallmouth but also Largemouth, Walleye, Spotted Bass, Rainbow, Brook, Brown, Yellow Perch, Red Eye Bass and we have even had several clients hook into Muskie, which is an extremely rare thing to do in this area. Dan ended up with close to 25 smallies, a couple of spotted bass and redeye bass and a few trout including the little rainbow pictured below.
Yesterday, I did another float with Dan C. on the Tuckasegee Delayed Harvest. It was an extremely wet day but the river stayed clear all day and Dan caught close to 35 trout. Several rainbows in the 15-16″ range were brought to the net. Aside from one ofter boat on the water we were the only ones on the river which is a rare thing in the month of May.
Our guides are some of the best in the business and we run more smallie trips on the Tuckasegee and Little Tennessee than any other guide or outfitter in the area. We offer seven different sections to float on the lower Tuckasegee alone. If you are looking to be put on some big bass, call or email us. We offer wade and float trips for bass through mid to late October. 828-587-HOOK firstname.lastname@example.org
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