Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Guide

Fishing Report

Tuckaseegee River Fishing Report:  In these winter months your trout friends are at lowest metabolisim and  don't like to excert a lot of energy to eat.  It is important that you get the depth right so the fly is within 6 inches or less of the fish, who are typically staying close to the bottom.  A good way to do this is with split shot.  When neither the East or West For generators are running, little to no weight is necessary.  As the flow of the water increases, more weight is a must to get the fly in close to the fish.
It is hard to go wrong all year long with a Black Wooly Bugger or a Brown/Black Wooly Bugger.  The Black Caddis and the Blue Wing Olive will hatch throughout the winter, so try these flies: #16/18 Prince Nymph, #16/18 Olive Hares Ear, 16/18 Partridge and Black and Partridge and Olive.  On a sunny winters day, when you see hatches coming off the water, try a dry fly often gets the job done.  Try size 16/18 Black Elk Hair Caddis, March Brown, Blue Wing Olive or Adams.
Pigeon River, West Fork Fishing Report: See above Tuckaseegee Report for imitating the Black Caddis and the Blue Wing Olive. Some great fun there when the Black Caddis are coming off the water: Take your Partridge and Black and cast gently to keep it on the surface.  Its a killer.  Bring your desacant to the stream for this.  You have to dry it off quite often, but you will be rewarded.  Partridge and Black on the surface and a dropper with a #18 Black Flashback is a great combo.  If the flies aren't coming off the water you MUST get the fly down to them.  You are not deep enough unless you are hitting the bottom now and then!
The Ravens Fork Fishing Report: See above for Black Caddis.  Also Purple Worm, Pink or Orange Egg, Red and Black Midge, WD 40 and Rainbow Warrior.
For the most current fishing reports click on the applicable blue links below

Tuckaseegee River


West Fork of the Pigeon River


Nantahala River

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