Fishing report for 5/20 – 5/27: High Water and Tying Go-to Flies

Over the past several days the southern Appalachian Mountains have experienced a series of storms moving northward from the Gulf of Mexico.  Heavy rains brought water levels up in most of the region.  The delayed harvest area on the Tuckasegee River in Bryson City, and the upper section in Sylva are high and muddy as are most of the waters in Western North Carolina. If you’d like to get out fishing this weekend, give us call to discuss smaller streams that will be fishable in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The larger waters will recede soon.

Meantime, grab your vise and materials and let’s tie up some bugs. It has been a great season for some girdle bugs on the Tuckasegee River. Other go to patterns have been the mop fly, eggs, and squirmy worms.  The wild fish have recently been looking to the surface for some dry fly takes that will have you reaching for your drying powder!!  Caddis, yellow sallies, purple haze, parachute Adam’s, and other mayfly patterns have been especially productive in the wild waters of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

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