Now’s the time to fish the Tuckasegee River (the Tuck) where the water is up and the trout are hungry! We’ve floated all week through steady rain, and although the showers have stained the water, its iced-tea color hasn’t hampered our success; browns and rainbows have struck an array of flies from black Woolly Buggers to Micro Streamers. The fish don’t mind the rain so don’t let showers in the forecast stop you from dropping a hook in the water!
On a first cast, we landed a 16-inch brown trout using an articulated Micro Streamer (#8). We’ve had our best luck throwing these petite flies under strike indicators while Squirmy Worms and eggs have also tempted many fish. Most of the trout we’ve caught have fallen within the 12- to 14-inch range.
The Tuck is currently running at 3330 cubic feet per second (cfs) which means comfortable floating between effortless put-ins and take-outs. With rain likely this weekend, keep an eye on flow levels. Hunters, gun season for deer ends this Saturday, December 10, but you’ve got till the end of the month to bag a whitetail using a bow.
Have wonderful weekends!