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WNC Fly Fishing Trail – Tuckasegee River Delayed Harvest

Posted by on February 18, 2012

The Tuckasegee River is considered by many to be one of the top streams in the Southeast for fly fishing.  It is in the center of the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail in Sylva/Webster, NC.  The Delayed Harvest section of this river is stocked with close to 50,000 fish every year.  The catch and release restrictions start on Oct. 1st and run through the first Sat. in June when this section of river opens for harvest.

Tuckasegee Brown Feb. 2012

Stocking takes place the first week of October, November, March, April and May.  In just over three weeks the river will receive close to 10,000 more trout.  Also returning to the river in March will be the larger crowds as many fly fisherman will start returning to the stream.  While the river may not see the heavy crowds it had in October and early November of last year there will be a noticeable increase in anglers.

The Delayed Harvest section is close to 5 miles in length with most of the river being easily accessible for wading anglers.  However, there are some areas where access to the river is difficult due to posted private property.  If you are looking to see a larger section of river then a float trip is ideal.

Remember that March 1st also marks the first day of the closed season on Hatchery Supported Streams.  This does not included the Delayed Harvest Sections – that do not have a closed season.

If you are looking to book a fly fishing trip on this river or any other river in Western North Carolina then Hookers Fly Shop has what you are looking for.  Our guides are some of the best in the business.  We offer both wade and float trips all year long and all equipment is provided on all of our trips.  Our fly shop is located Downtown Sylva just two miles from the Delayed Harvest and just a short drive to other great destinations such as:  The Smokies, Nantahala, Pigeon, Cherokee and more.