Great Day of Fly Fishing on the Oconaluftee

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Today was a beautiful day for fly fishing in the Smokies. I met Rick Shelton who’s fished with me for several years over on the Oconaluftee this morning. Water temperatures were mild and trout were feeding aggressively in spite of melting snow on the crest of the mountains.

These turkeys were along Newfound Gap Road this morning

These turkeys were along Newfound Gap Road this morning

Rick caught some beautiful rainbows and browns. I used his camera to take photos of the fish. We raised some fish in the bigger pools and runs but pocket water produced more fish.

Most of the trout Rick caught downstream of Smokemont were browns and most of the fish upstream of there were rainbows.

Charity fished Michael Downey on Little River yesterday. Things started slow since it was a very cold morning, but fish started to rise by lunch time. Overall, the fishing was sporadic with spurts of activity with a few dry spells in between. Most of the fish hooked were on dry flies like Parachute Adams and Haystacks.

We’re trying out Facebook. As our guide season kicks into high gear we’ll have a tougher time posting fishing reports here on our site, but we can leave short comments on Facebook. We’re still experimenting with how it works, but I think we can make a go of it.

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