Fishing Report for October 13 to October 19

With Delayed Harvest in full swing, there’s myriad opportunities for the trout fishing experience of a lifetime! This week, we caught lots of fish in the Tuckasegee River using Squirmy Worms, egg patterns and Mop Flies. Near the headwaters in Dillsboro, floating wasn’t an option with a flow rate of 70 cubic feet per second (cfs). But wading was. These days, the water is cold—60 to 62 degrees—so put away your river shoes and wear felt-soled waders so you won’t slip into the frigid drink!

Further downstream in Bryson City, the water remained low, but floatable at 450 cfs. We opted to wade instead and fought a mess of browns and rainbows. All of these fish were between 11 and 13 inches.

There’s a flow release scheduled for Friday, October 14. A water-level boost and daytime temperatures in the mid-70s should make this weekend an excellent time to drop a hook in the Tuck. Kick off your Delayed-Harvest experience with Girdle Bugs, eggs, Squirmy Worms, and Woolly Buggers (black, olive).

We’ll be doing some squirrel hunting next week when the season opens on October 17. Please join us by booking a guided trip now! And with perfect water temps for trout fishing, start booking those trips with us, too!

Have wonderful weekends!

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