Fly Fishing the Tuckaseegee River
The "Tuck", as it is known locally, is one of the most popular streams for fly fishing in the Southeast. Only a short drive from Asheville, it offers easy stream access. Anglers of all skill levels enjoy fly fishing the Tuckasegee River because of its broad nature.
5.5 miles of Delayed Harvest waters, from the NC Highway 107 Bridge to Dillsboro, produce high quantities of netted fish and easy wading. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission does a great job of stocking this stretch between October and May. The first Saturday in June, the waters are open for harvest. By mid-June, most of the fish in this stretch have been harvested or moved to the deeper, cooler waters downstream.
The Bryson City Delayed Harvest stretch offers some of the best Fly Fishing North Carolina has to offer. North Carolina Wildlife stocks Rainbow and Brown Trout, which is developing into a trophy brown trout fishery. The wading can be a little tricky so make sure you give us a call to get the most up-to-date conditions. Dynamic is the word that comes to mind while targeting trout in Bryson City. Beginners can have double digit fish to the net on guided fly fishing trips while the experienced can hone skills and push near triple digits of fish caught and released.
The Bryson City section also offers impressive smallmouth fishing. The numbers are not what the Little Tennessee can produce but it is typical to land 2-3lb smallmouth and Spotted Bass on float trips. Spring time brings spawning season for many species of fishing running out of nearby Fonatana Lake. White Bass, Lake Rainbows and Browns, are among the top runners!