WATAUGA RIVER SUMMER ADVENTURE
Fly Fishing in North Carolina is a special thing; it is something that can be done year-round, and with each season comes its own beauty. When Old Man Winter finally decides to pack up and head on out, we are greeted with beautiful summer sunshine, blooming flowers, and hungry trout ready to eat. Fly Fishing in the summer months in North Carolina is an epic way to spend the day. The best part is that you don’t need much gear to get out on the river and have a great day. From May until late August, my gear is very minimal, usually consisting of Chaco sandals, a pair of shorts, my Patagonia fishing shirt, and vest, and my Wild Water fly rod and reel. The river’s temperature varies in those months between the low 40s to mid-50s depending on where you’re at. However, those water temperatures sure do make the trout active. In the beginning of spring, some of the rivers around western North Carolina are stocked with trout by the local fisheries department, depending on how far along you are in your angler career. Some people prefer fishing the rivers that are stocked, and some prefer venturing out and finding waters that are natural and not stocked. If this is your first time fly fishing, and you want to have better chances at getting your first catch, I suggest looking online at your local fisheries and seeing what rivers are being stocked and when. Doing this is just going to help with your progression, and as you gain more knowledge, you can start venturing further out in search of wild mountain trout. READ MORE
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