Tips for Fall Fishing
Good news. Cooler weather is just around the corner, mere days away. Below are a few tips to consider before breaking out the long rod in Western N.C.
1) The Weather.
Night temperatures in the high 30s and 40s will mean cooler water temperatures. We're currently in the mid to low 50s in the mountain streams ALREADY. You can fish lower elevations in the morning and hike a bit as the sun starts to warm the water. Need cooler water? Move to a higher elevation.
Late September and October are the beginning of WNC's trout season, but keep in mind that an unexpected warm spell can shut down the fishing. Trout like stable weather. October, being a transition month, typically yields inconsistent weather. Pay attention to the forecast.
2) Think Orange.
Trout will eat a variety of flies in the fall ---- everything from a squirmy worm (great for stockers) to a blue wing olive nymph (a traditional standby). One of our most predictable hatches is the October caddis, which has an orange tint. Orange chubbies and orange perdigons are obvious options.
Initially, stocked fish prefer junk --- mop flies, squirmies and eggs --- before transferring to naturals. It pays to have both options in you box. Stop by one of the Tuck shop's locations --- Sylva, Bryson City or Waynesville --- to stock up.
3) Be Patient.
The Tuckaseegee River is our most popular fishery. Even though the Tuck DH sections are scheduled to be stocked in early October, it takes time for the fish to acclimate and assimilate into a new environment. Don't expect immediate nirvana. The fishing improves as the trout spread out and adapt to the wild. October brings seasonable weather for the angler, but warmer days in November, December and even January can yield outstanding fishing as well. Tight loops and lines.