Today, I had the pleasure of guiding Wade (The Peanut Man) from the Columbia, SC area on a half day trip on the Tuckasegee Delayed Harvest. It was Wade’s first fly fishing trip for trout. We hit the river around 8am and soon found a large pod of trout to cast to. Wade began the trip by landing several rainbows around 12-13 inches and several smaller brook trout. That is, until he
hooked into a monster rainbow that looked to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 22-24 inches. After a short battle the bow took a hard run and snapped off the fly. Naturally, Wade was a little disappointed to lose such a big, beautiful fish but it wasn’t long until his rod was bent by not one, but two hefty brown trout. The first fish came in around 15-16 inches but did not have very much weight on him. The second fish was in the 16-17 inch range and was a bit fatter and put up a heck of a fight. All the big fish were taken on a #8 Yellow/Brown Hot Head Marvin. Wade also landed several fish on a #18 Soft Hackle Hares Ear and a #18 Tungsten Surveyor.