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Wednesday, 19 August 2015 00:00

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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.

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