How to Dress for WNC’s Fall Paddling Season

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Dressing for WNC’s Fall Paddling: Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worse As many would say, it is always a practical idea when paddling to “hope for the best, but to plan for the worse”. Paddling naturally holds an inherent risk of the water-sport to possibly get wet, so it is always best to...

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Fall Paddling Along the French Broad River

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Fall is finally here, waking to the crisp misty mornings, following into the shimmer of the afternoon falling foliage of leaves. Vibrant colors consisting of red, orange, yellow, and green fill the Appalachian Mountains; telling a farewell story to those blazing summer days, that are gone for now, and begin to share the anticipated weathering...

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When Should I Hire A Guide?

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I’ve heard before that there are several stages of one’s fly fishing evolution.  There is a great article discussing the subject called “Atop the Angling Mountain,” by Todd Tanner, that appeared Hatch Magazine on June 24, 2014.  I also recently had a question from a guy about when the best time to book guided trips...

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A Day on the North Fork with Katie Cahn

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I met Lisa and Nick early on a late summer morning. Thirty minutes later we were all in waders at one of the best private fishing spots I have the luck to guide on. Western North Carolina just experienced powerful winds and lots of rain from our recent visitor, Hurricane Irma, so the river was...

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Looking For Big Fish in Little Creeks

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We all want to catch big fish.  Feeling the headshake of a two-footer is a great feeling for a fly angler.  Truly massive fish tend to live in bigger bodies of water and around here, except for tailwater streams, those bigger bodies of water do not fish well in the summer because of warm water...

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Swinging Soft Hackles

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The fly fishing world is ever-evolving. There are constantly new fly patterns, fly line tapers, rigging techniques, rod designs, etc. offering the promise of more productive fishing. Given the “newer is better” mentality of anglers, and society in general, it seems some methods of putting fish in the net have become overlooked by most anglers,...

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High Water Wading

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After an unusually dry summer and fall of 2016 and a dry start to the spring of 2017, the fishing gods have finally smiled on Western North Carolina.  In April, we experienced some serious rain events that brought river levels up, and the water seems to be holding at a normal springtime level.  These rains...

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Diversity on the French Broad

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My favorite thing about fly fishing in the Southeast is the diversity of opportunities available to anglers.  In under an hour’s drive from my home in Brevard I can fish for native brook trout, trophy browns, voracious smallmouth, or giant musky.  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg if you consider some great lake...

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Backcountry Brookies

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Something about the unseasonably warm weather has me thinking about one of my favorite ways to spend a day fishing in the Southeast; hiking deep into the backcountry in search of native brookies. The Southern Appalachian brook trout appeals so much to myself and other anglers for a couple of reasons.  I think everyone agrees...

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Get the Drift

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Trout are notoriously finicky.  There are numerous factors that might lead them to refuse your fly.  In my experience, it is the tendency of many anglers to attribute refusals to the fact that they did not have the right fly.  We’ve all heard the term “match the hatch,” and although I am not downplaying the...

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