The Tuckasegee Delayed Harvest will soon shed the catch and keep regulations that have been in place since June 4th and become catch and release again on October 1st. The stocking of this section of river will actually take place a few days later on the 4th and 5th where the state will release close to 4,000 rainbows, 4,000 brook and almost 2,000 brown trout. The only other stocking for the Jackson County area will be the 1,600 rainbows that are released in to Wolf Lake and the 1,300 rainbow that are released into Tanassee Lake.
The 5.5 miles of the “Tuck” as most people refer to it as will see increased pressure that is uncommon in the mid to late summer months. The upper section above the Webster Bridge will see the most action as well as the area on the lower that is referred to as the “Carol’s Cabins” area. The middle section also provides some excellent angling opportunities but it can be much harder to access from the banks. These are the areas that the float trips are able to target with ease.
Must have flies for October and November fishing on the Tuck D.H. are:
Streamers #6-#12 (Black, Olive or Brown Wooly Buggers, Muddler Minnows, Black or Olive Zonkers) Copper Johns #14-#20, Pheasant Tails #14-#18, Prince Nymphs #10-#18, Hares Ear Nymphs #14-#20, Rainbow Warriors #14-#22, Hot Head Marvins #8-#10, Egg Patterns, San Juan Worms (Pink, Red, Flesh, or Orange), Fall Caddis #8-#12, Blue Winged Olives #16-#20, BWO Emergers #14-#18, Yellow Caddis #14-#16, Sheehan’s Pink Eye #14-#18, Carl’s HH Nymph #14-#18, Midges Black, Red or Olive Zebra Midges #16-#20, Red, Green or Copper Brassie #16-#20, Disco Midges #18-#20, Red, Black or Olive WD Flashwing Midges #20-#24. Pre-order many of these patterns for only $1.00 here at Hookers Fly Shop. See our specials tab for more details.
The flow levels and the Duke energy flow schedule can be uncertain this time of year so it is always a good idea to check out Duke Energy’s website for release dates and times. You can find a link on our homepage that will take you where you need to go.
We always have friendly helpful staff on hand to help you with all of your fly fishing needs and questions so stop in and see us. If you are already geared up stop in and tell us about your latest big catch on the Tuckasegee River!