A Day on the North Fork with Katie Cahn

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,...

Looking For Big Fish in Little Creeks

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...

Swinging Soft Hackles

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...

High Water Wading

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...

Diversity on the French Broad

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...

Backcountry Brookies

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...

Get the Drift

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...

Delayed Harvest in WNC

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...

Midge Fishing in the Winter

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...