Fishing Report for 12/13 through 12/19

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Rain finally arrived last weekend. Water levels increased, which is what we need, but the gain was short lived. It seems the water table is low, so all of the rain that fell simply soaked right in. The freestone streams are cool right now and the fish are happy. The lack of water in the streambeds has the fish concentrated into areas they think they can hide. It’s easy to figure out where they’ll be. But…. They can easily see you if you aren’t trying to be relatively stealthy. Wear drab, earthy colored jackets if you can, and move slowly when approaching the area you are casting into.

We’ve been having some wild temperature swings for quite a while. At my house recently, the temperature went from the mid-20’s at sunrise, to the upper 60’s in the afternoon. The long-range forecast has daytime temperatures becoming more seasonal by next week. It will be cooler, but it will be nice to not need to wear 5 layers of clothes. Bundle up, pack in some toe warmers, and enjoy the great fishing we’ve been having.

The dry fly action has slowed a bit in the Webster area of the Tuckasegee, but the double nymph rigs have been doing work as always. The Bryson City stretch is still seeing some surface action, and the trusty double nymph rigs are always productive here, as well. By the time the water makes it to Bryson City, is has had plenty of time to warmer a few degrees, so the bugs are still really active. Midges and Blue Winged Olives are still on the menu from last week. I did see a handful of Caddis Flies hatching today, so we’ll see if this picks up at all and report back with our findings.

Guide’s Choice

Dry Flies-

#18-20- Parachute Adams (natural or olive)

#18-20- Griffith’s Gnat

#14-18- Tan Elk Hair Caddis

#18- 20 Tan CDC Caddis

#16-18- Missing Link (olive)

Wet Flies/Nymphs-

#8-12- Pat’s Rubber Legs (coffee/black or coffee/tan)

#14-18- Pink, Orange, or Yellow Hot Spot Egg

#14-18- CDC Frenchie (Shrimp Pink)

#20-24- Top Secret Midge

#10-14 Tan Mop

#14-18- France Fly

#12-16- Squirmy Worm (red or pink)

#12-18- Hot Bead Flashback Pheasant Tail

#!14-18- Sexy Walt’s Worm (tan or natural gray)

#20-24- Jujubee Midge (olive)


#8-10- Sculpzilla (white or black)

#4-8- Game Changer (white or black)

#4-10- Drunk & Disorderly (white or black)

#4-8- Dungeon (white or black)

There are too many more to name. These flies will work.

Let’s go fishing! We have plenty of availability.

Thank you for being here with us.

Josh Whorton

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