I love spring in Haywood County. It is such an exciting time in the mountains because everyone begins to venture back outdoors to enjoy the many incredible activities available in our area. I love it when people come into our visitor centers craving a new adventure as they inquire about the best local hikes, bike rides, picnic areas, scenic drives, swimming holes and the list goes on. Now, as you know from my past blogs, I am an avid hiker and explorer so I could go on and on about my favorite hiking areas or where the freshest swimming hole in Haywood County is, but there is one local adventure that I’m going to leave to the experts: fly-fishing. Our friends at Hunter Banks Co. in Waynesville are always on the quest to conquer the best fly-fishing areas in Haywood County and are kind enough to share that with all our readers. Whether you’re an experienced fly-fisher or are like me and are dying to get out there and give it try for the first time, Hunter Banks can help you out. As a full service fly fishing outfitter, no one in the area knows the waters of Haywood County any better than these guys. So without further adieu, here is your Spring Fly-Fishing Report from Aaron Motley at Hunter Banks Co:
As of April 1st all trout water in the state is open.
Hatchery Supported Waters– We are having success on Squirmy worms, wooly buggers, Pat’s rubber legs, and pheasant tail nymphs.
Delayed Harvest Trout Waters – Are on fire with double nymph dropper systems working great! Remember split shot to get your flies down deep, it can be the difference between a fly fisher catching fish and one not catching fish. Fly selection Pheasant tails, Copper John’s, Caddis larva, and tan or light yellow elk hair caddis flies.
Wild Water – A dry fly with a nymph dropped 12-24 inches behind your dry. The length may vary based on the depth of the stream you are fishing or the velocity of the current in the stream that you are fishing. Yellow stimulators and Hare’s ear in olive or natural have been producing fish around us.
Hope this is helpful and if there is any additional information you may want on fishing in the area just call Hunters Banks Co in Waynesville at 828-251-9721 or stop by at 48 N. Main St, Waynesville. We are also offering fly tying classes over the next four months. To learn more, click the flyer here: Fly tying 101
Come join me at our downtown Waynesville location on May 20, June 17, July 14, and August 11 for fly tying lessons. All materials, vises, and tools will be provided. Cost is $20 per participant. Class will run from 5:30 – 8:30 each evening. Each night there will be one or two patterns selected to tie, and participants will be able to work better body proportion, whip finishing, adding legs, beads, wing casings, or other materials to patterns. For more information contact Hunter Banks staff. Class size is limited to 6 participants per class, so call to reserve your spot today.
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