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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Tips for the Beginner Angler with Guide Ryan Kaufman

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As a beginner fly fisher one faces many difficult challenges.  It can be the ultimate test of patience and dedication as you are constantly tying, and untangling knots.  After spending 15 or 20 minutes rigging up a simple flick of the wrist can leave you with a bird’s nest that requires you to start again...

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Delayed Harvest in WNC

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October 1st marks the beginning of delayed harvest season in North Carolina.  Anglers throughout the region will undoubtedly be checking the stocking report (click for link) to find out what day their local DH streams will be filled with naïve, eager trout.  Those anglers will experience a couple weeks of incredible fishing.  Freshly stocked trout, big...

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5 Tips for a Successful Day of Fall Fishing

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Fall brings some of the best fly fishing opportunities in Western North Carolina.  It also brings chilly mornings and warm afternoons.  Dressing right for a day on the water can be a task with varying temps and the chance of strong winds.  Here are 5 tips for a successful day of Fall Fishing. Keeping warm on the...

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WNC Adventure Guide Highlights Headwaters Fly Fishing Program

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Headwaters Outfitters Fly-Fishing Adventures from Land of Sky Media on Vimeo.

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Spring Fishing on Western Carolina Trout Streams

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As a guide here in Western North Carolina early spring is a special time.  All those folks who love to fish, but not in freezing winter conditions, knock the dust off their gear and get out on the water for the first time in months.   Seemingly endless potential hangs heavy in the air.  Potential for...

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Fly Fishing With Headwaters Outfitters

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We will be posting fishing reports and musings from this fly shop and outfitter in Western North Carolina, near Brevard, Cashiers and Highlands. Stay tuned. Text Goes Here.

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