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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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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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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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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