Fly Fishing

Fall Fly Fishing in Western North Carolina

  Fall is in the air! Already the days are getting shorter and the leaves will start changing color soon.  For fly fishermen, fall means the delayed Harvest streams will be stocked with trout and anglers will have more places to trout fish then time to fish. Here...

So You Want to Learn to Fly Fish

Picture a well-placed fly rod cast landing the fly under an overhanging mountain laurel. The fly sits on the surface of the water for just a second, with a small twitch of the fly rod it moves with the appearance of a living thing and then there is an explosion of...

Delayed Harvest Fly Fishing – Nantahala River

When fly fishermen talk about the delayed harvest season - the Nantahala River is always mentioned as one of the top destinations.  The Nantahala River has two distinct sections of river, supporting all three species of trout:  rainbow, brook and brown.  Between the...

Spring is the Harbinger of great fly fishing in WNC

Our waters feature brown, brook and rainbow trout Once again April is here and with it the most versatile fishing of the year.  There are not enough days in the month to take advantage of all the different fishing opportunities here in western North Carolina.-...

Learning to Fly Fish

Of course you want to learn to Fly Fish It is the perfect sport to get outdoors, enjoy being by the river, and spend time with your best bud - whether that bud is your mom, dad, brother, sister, friend or just you. Fly fishing is a sport based off of technique,...

May Jump Starts Fly Fishing Season

May jump starts fly fishing season with warmer weather and longer days. May is the month of change when it comes to fishing here in the mountains. This is the last month that delayed harvest streams will be stocked until next October. Delayed harvest streams will...

Proper Fishing Catch and Release Technique

Thoughts from Ken Kastorff and the Fly Line A concern among fishermen is that if a fish is handled, it will die – if not that day, in less than a month.  The good news is that seasoned guides will assure you that, over time, they often see a particular fish that they...

Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Season

by Ken Kastorff Fall is right around the corner and so is the delayed harvest trout fishing season. We are fortunate to have a wide variety of delayed harvest streams to choose from here in western North Where to go for the best delayed harvest trout fishing If you...

Spring is a Favorite Angling Time in the Southeast

By resident guide and "fish whisperer" Ken Kastorff Spring is my favorite angling time of the year here in the southeast.  All of the delayed harvest streams are stocked from March through May. Rivers like the Upper Nantahala, Tuckaseege and Snowbird Creek will give...

Winter Fly Fishing and Streamer Fishing

By Ken Kastorff, Fly Fishing Guide I get asked all the time, "when is the best time to come and fish in Western North Carolina?"  We are lucky to live in a place where we have outstanding fly fishing opportunities year round. Many anglers put their gear up for the...

Yes! Winter Fly Fishing is Hot

Winter fishing tips from our resident Fish Whisperer, Ken Kastorff Winter is just around the corner but don't hang up your fly rod yet.  Time to get the waders out and search around in the closet for the heavy rain jacket.  November starts some of the best fly fishing...

Spring Fly Fishing

April is the time for delayed harvest, catch & release, barbless hooks and spawning season. Each year North Carolina Wildlife Resource stocks 34 different delayed harvest streams throughout the state.  This gives a variety of outstanding trout fishing...

April Fly Fishing Season is Here!

April is finally here!  The best part of April is that fishing season opened the first Saturday.  All of the hatchery supported streams in North Carolina are stocked and ready for you to test your fishing skills. The main Stem of the Nantahala River is loaded with...

The Angler’s Loft is Stocked for Fishing

Local Flies, Kids Fly Fishing Gear, TFO rods, advice!  All found in the Angler's Loft--upstairs in the Boater's Store. Remember when you come through the Gorge, stop by and visit the Angler’s Loft upstairs in the Boaters Store. We stock the flies that work in our area...

March is Delayed Harvest Fly Fishing

Trout fishing on general waters is closed from March 01 – April 04.  The best fishing will be on Delayed Harvest sections like the Tuckaseege and Upper Nantahala.  Late March and early April will start bringing steel head, walleye and white bass out of Lake Fontana...