The tube hatch is coming on strong in Western North Carolina (WNC). We’re seeing lots of folks tubing down the Tuckasegee River (The Tuck) and Oconaluftee River (The Luftee), and with the heat we’ve been experiencing, who wouldn’t want to float down the river with an ice cold beverage? Deep Creek has some of the coldest water in Bryson City. There, you’ll find many campers, hikers, tubers, and anglers enjoying the outdoors. Sometimes, the fishing can be tricky, but don’t get discouraged if a tuber floats down your lane. The fish are pretty used to them and will still eat; with the right fly and a good drift, you should get some bites. The Tuck has still been fishing well, despite the high temps. Look for it to gradually slow as those fish that have not been harvested make their way to colder water. Higher elevation streams are producing good bug life, and our native brook trout always seem willing to smack a dry fly. This time of year, folks should be aware of the water temps. Be careful in warm water and don’t stress the trout out. Keep them wet and alive.
As always, FISH ON!!!!!