Fishing and Hunting Report for December 15 to December 21

Steady rain earlier this week left the Tuckasegee River (the Tuck) flowing at 5250 cubic feet per second (cfs) in the Bryson City area—much too dangerous for floating and too muddy to fish, but the comforting morning sun and a gentle breeze sent us to Lemmons Branch to hunt squirrels.

There’s nothing like roaming the Tsali Recreation Area with Thunder, our prizewinning Mountain Cur, who logged 8.5 miles seeking the main ingredient for our delectable gumbo. Our canine comrade treed a baker’s dozen of these critters; we wound up spotting 9 of them and took 4 home.

By the weekend, the Tuck should provide ideal floating and water clarity. With highs in the mid-40s, the river should be perfect for trout fishing. We’d suggest sticking with Girdle Bugs, eggs and Squirmy Worms.

Have wonderful weekends!

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