Fly Fishing

What's the Big Deal About Trout Spawning on the Nantahala River?

Every spring and fall, various fish species begin an annual ritual called spawning. So what's the big deal? The big deal is that spawning is a fundamental step in the future of a river's ecosystem, and that is particularly true on the Nantahala River. Anglers have to respect the regulations that are in place to… Continue reading What's the Big Deal About Trout Spawning on the Nantahala River?

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So You Want to Learn to Fly Fish

Picture a well-placed fly rod cast landing the fly under an overhanging mountain laurel. The fly sits on the surface of the water for just a second, with a small twitch of the fly rod it moves with the appearance of a living thing and then there is an explosion of water.  The game is… Continue reading So You Want to Learn to Fly Fish

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Spring is the Harbinger of great fly fishing in WNC

Our waters feature brown, brook and rainbow trout Once again April is here and with it the most versatile fishing of the year.  There are not enough days in the month to take advantage of all the different fishing opportunities here in western North Carolina.- All of the delayed harvest streams are stocked through April… Continue reading Spring is the Harbinger of great fly fishing in WNC

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May Jump Starts Fly Fishing Season

May jump starts fly fishing season with warmer weather and longer days. May is the month of change when it comes to fishing here in the mountains. This is the last month that delayed harvest streams will be stocked until next October. Delayed harvest streams will change from catch-and-release to catch-and-keep the first Saturday of… Continue reading May Jump Starts Fly Fishing Season

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Best Time for Fly Fishing in WNC: Dont Overlook the Off-Season

Advice From Ken Kastorff and the Fly Line When is the best time to come and fish in western North Carolina?  The short answer is that western NC has outstanding fly fishing year round. Many anglers put their gear up  during the "off season" of late winter/early spring, but that's when you can enjoy some… Continue reading Best Time for Fly Fishing in WNC: Dont Overlook the Off-Season