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

Fishing in the Late Winter Months

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Winter re-appeared here in Western North Carolina and hopefully for the last time.  As crazy as it seems now, with temperatures struggling to break the freezing mark, just over a week ago I had clients out on the water with high temps in the 60s.  Though I am currently cursing old man winter for showing...

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The ins and outs Buyers Guide for Fly Fishing

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A few days ago I was working behind the counter in our shop when a couple came in to do some browsing and pick up some fly fishing odds and ends.  They checked out with a dozen or so flies, a new traditional braided Tenkara leader, some hemostats, nippers, a zinger or two, etc.  You...

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Fishing on the Brain……all the time!

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I’ve got a bad case of fishin’ on the brain.  So, what’s new?  I always have fishin’ on the brain.  After the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Expo the insidious nature of this dilemma has been greatly compounded.  Last weekend people from all over gathered in Asheville to share information about new products, tactics and...

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Dear Mom and Dad,

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In the past few years I’ve had the joy of witnessing many people catch their first fish on a fly rod.  It’s something that never gets old; sharing in the pure and simple joy of a new experience.  Last week I had the great pleasure of watching one more person catch their first fish on...

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Euro-Nymphing the Chattooga

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Any avid fly fisherman will tell you that the pursuit never stops.  We talk to each other, we read, watch videos, attend seminars; all in the hope of gaining new insight to make time spent on the water more productive.  Sometimes it’s as simple as a new tying technique or slight alterations in rigging.  Sometimes...

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What’s your take on Delayed Harvest?

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Well there is no doubt about it folks… delayed harvest is in full swing.  That means a lot of different things to different people.  For a lot of people the inception of delayed harvest regulations means some of their favorite local streams are packed full of fish and this is the best time to get...

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Autumn Brings Ideal Season for Fly Fishing

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Standing in the river on a guided trip a few days ago I noticed the arrival of a cool breeze and saw a few leaves slowly fluttering toward the ground.  I thought to myself… finally, fall has arrived.  That means some of the best trout fishing of the year is just around the corner.  Summer...

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Creating a Family Tradition

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As a young boy I was fortunate to spend a great deal of time with my father.  We spent many evenings shooting hoops in the driveway, playing catch out in the yard, and most memorable of all, fishing.  He would get home from work and with a slight smirk ask, “What do you think, should...

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Fishing the North Fork Gorge

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The wild and beautiful state of New Mexico has a fitting slogan, “Land of Enchantment.” Here in Transylvania County there is a stretch of river that is also wild and beautiful, a true “river of enchantment.” This stretch of river is located on the North Fork of the French Broad. Accessed via highway 215 the...

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Fishing Hatchery Supported Waters in Western NC

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On April 7 the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission opened over 1,000 miles of hatchery supported waters to the public.  Though I am personally a huge proponent of catch and release, I understand the temptation to put a tasty trout on the dinner table from time to time.  There are several hatchery supported streams right...

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