Canoeing, Kayaking, Tubing and Fly Fishing Adventures in Western North Carolina's Land of Waterfalls

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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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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Midge Fishing in the Winter

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Every fly shop has a portion of their fly bins relegated to the most seemingly useless little flies.  These flies have but one or two materials incorporated into their design and are so tiny that many folks assume the tedious task of attaching them to a hook must surely be a waste of time.  In...

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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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Fishing High Water

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It’s been a dry summer here in Western North Carolina.  I’ve even heard the word draught thrown around here and there.   After spending 10 years living out West I’ll admit, though dry, it hasn’t felt like a draught to me.  However, given the precipitation totals from the last week or so I would say this...

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A New Fishing Pal…….

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I’ve enjoyed working with the next generation of fly fishers since I began guiding. Working with youngsters that love to fish is always a pleasure. It takes me back to when I was 7 or 8 years old. My dad would practically have to call in the jaws-of-life to pry a fishing pole out of...

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Beating the WNC Heat

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This is my third summer in Western North Carolina and without a doubt the hottest and driest I’ve seen. As summer temps hovered consistently around 90 degrees and water levels dropped, the fishing in bigger watersheds predictably slowed down. The solution to the “dog days of summer” quandary is quite simple. Smallmouth bass and small...

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