The majority of North Carolina trout fishing happens in the mountains. Spring and fall are considered prime trout fishing seasons, and that's when the state stocks brook, rainbow, and brown trout, but anglers can enjoy successful outings on the water almost any time of the year.
It did not take long to catch my first iridescent rainbow trout in the Watauga River in Banner Elk as guide Matt Maness, with Foscoe Fishing Company, led me into a small pool on the fringe of a straight, fast-moving current. Matt's wife, Shannon, joined us and in short time, we were pulling in two browns at a time.
Matt turned over submerged rocks for an indication of the current hatches, which dictate the flies we select. Today, it's small stoneflies. Tomorrow, it could be completely different. We use a roll-casting technique to land the fly into a fast current near the bank. There's quick success when the fly floats through a deep pool and an active rainbow trout takes hold.
We have several more catches in the same spot before the trout are onto us, and we wade downstream a bit, this time trying a shallower pocket with slower moving water. It does not take long to attract a hearty brown trout. Within a few hours, ending just before dusk, we catch and release more than seven brown and rainbow trout of varying sizes.
"The Watauga River is great for both beginners and experienced anglers because it is a wide stream and it is hatchery supported. I like it for guiding, but there are lots of wild waters for people who want the extra challenge," said Matt Maness, professional fly fishing guide with the Foscoe Fishing Company.
If you are looking for some guidance on fly fishing as well as a place to stay, the Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock is the first Orvis-endorsed fly fishing lodge in North Carolina (there are two in the state), featuring lodging and guided trips. The Chetola Resort's fly fishing packages include waders and equipment. Chetola's guides go to these public streams: Wilson's Creek, Watauga River and Helton Creek, and also have access to private trophy waters in the Boone/Blowing Rock area.
The river is known for large populations of rainbow, brown, and brook trout that feed especially well on varying flies and lines. The brand Perfect Flies has a collection of flies that are successful, specifically for this river. While the Linville River is considered a top trout river in North Carolina it is not the easiest to access or navigate. Wading is necessary, but the wild river system poses a consistently changing landscape and challenges.
Fly fishing anglers enjoy the Davidson River in the Pisgah National Forest for its wild and stocked trout opportunities and its easy accessibility. It provides excellent fishing year-round, with both wild and stocked rainbow, brown, and brook trout.
The Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail in Jackson County is a network of 15 trout streams anchored by the Tuckaseigee River. It is the first fly fishing trail in the United States, with more than 4,600 miles of streams that have wild and stocked rainbow, brown, and brook trout. With 31 public access points, the trail is easy for fly anglers of every skill level to try.
My Mitchell River fly fishing guide, Marty Shaffner, walks me across one of many small bridges that cross the smaller sections of the river to fish the pools in shallower waters. Marty grew up fishing the Mitchell River in Surry County decades before it became a designated trout stream. He takes me to a few of his favorite spots located upstream of the Kapps Mill dam to try for rainbow and brown trout.
Wilson Creek is a beautiful trout stream, which runs through the Pisgah National Forest. The clear water of Wilson Creek runs from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Edgemont in Caldwell County. The clear water surrounded by rugged terrain offers world-class tour fishing for rainbow, brown, and brook trout.
The South Mills River is located in the Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County and is close to Asheville and Hendersonville. It is known for its wild rainbow and brown trout. This river is remote and scenic, but that is exactly why some anglers choose it.
Check with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission on specifics that can guide your decisions on what to use at different times of the year. Spring is the best time to fish the South Mills River due to hatches, but fall generally produces large brown trout. Since it is a remote area, be prepared to arrive with plenty of tackle due to the large number of trees, brush, and other obstructions.
The Nantahala River in western North Carolina is a popular go-to trout water, especially in the lower sections, because of its healthy populations of rainbow and brown trout. It is also heavily stocked.
The reservation sits in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, where rainbow and brown trout are abundant. The Oconaluftee River has more than 30 miles of clear running streams ideal for wading and fly fishing and is the longest private fishery in the eastern United States.
Helton Creek is one of North Carolina's hidden treasures when it comes to trout fisheries. It is a large creek located in Ashe County in the northeast corner of North Carolina. One of the reasons it is a great fishery is the 11 miles of fishing opportunities along the New River to the Virginia state line, teeming with brook, rainbow, and brown trout populations.
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