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Wednesday, 29 July 2015 00:00

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A new way to plan a fishing trip 

Anglers looking for trout streams in Western North Carolina now have a new way to do so, thanks to an online search tool recently released by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. 

The tool allows anglers to search fishing spots by county and designation, such as “delayed harvest” or “hatchery-supported.” Interactive maps allow users to zoom to the selected water, with information such as road names and contour lines, too.

Weekly fishing report launches for Jackson 

Anglers seeking trout in the waters of Jackson County have a new tool in their arsenal with the launch of a weekly fly-fishing report and forecast earlier this month. 

“We kind of brought this back by popular demand,” said Julie Spiro, executive director of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, which is organizing the report. 

The chamber had previously published a fishing report provided by a local guide but discontinued the service when that person was no longer able to put in the time. 

The report, available from a link at, gives information about river stocking, productivity, species and effective baits and flies in the Tuckasegee, Chattooga and Whitewater rivers, as well as listing the best fishing times for the coming week based on the lunar cycle. 

A rotating roster of five fishing outfitters will volunteer to compile the report. These anglers are Shannon Messer of Blackrock Outdoor Company, Matt Cantler of Brookings Outfitters, Alex Bell of AB Fly Fishing Service, Kyle Fronrath of Fontana Guides and The Outpost at Barkers Creek. 


Can you fish 11 miles of stream in one year? 

Trout Unlimited is looking to reconnect 11 miles of fragmented stream in 2015, and hardy anglers can share the journey by taking on the 11-Mile Challenge to fish that distance of water in the coming months. 

“Eleven miles might not sound like a lot, and if you’re driving that distance in a car or even riding it on a bike, it really isn’t,” said Damon Hearne, who runs TU’s Southeast Conservation Project from TU’s Asheville office. “But when you try to cover that distance while fishing a small mountain stream, you come to understand that’s a lot of water.”

Participants in the challenge track their own progress — whether using paper maps, GPS or a smartphone — and then become eligible for prizes and free admission to the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Expo, to be held in December in Asheville. Prizes to aim for include a Tenkara rod kit from Hunter Banks and a full day of guided fishing for two on Davidson River Outfitters’ trophy trout water.

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Fly tying 101

Waynesville fly tier Aaron Motley will share his expertise in fly-tying this summer, with workshops to be held at the Hunter Banks fly shop in downtown Waynesville. 

The classes, scheduled for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 11, will each feature one or two patterns to tie, focusing on body proportion, whip finishing and adding legs, beads and wing casings. 

$20 per class, with all materials and equipment provided. Class size limited — RSVP to 828.251.9721. 

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