North Carolina Delayed Harvest Streams Opener

The North Carolina Delayed Harvest Streams open on October 1st.  It’s always an exciting time for fly fishers because of the huge and healthy stockings of trout by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The Nantahala River, Tuckaseegee River and Fires Creek are all within easy reach of Georgia anglers. These delayed harvest streams with their beautiful surroundings and willing trout are covered by throngs of fly fishermen/women. I ask what could be better? Usually Brook, Brown and Rainbow trout are stocked in these streams giving the angler a true shot at an Appalachian slam in the same day. A great place to take beginning anglers!

North Carolina Delayed Harvest Fly box

Fly selection need not be critical. Wooly Buggers, Egg Patterns, San Juan Worms and Squirmy worms work great. Traditional nymphs like the Prince nymph, Hare’s Ear and Pheasant Tail are killers also. Dries such as Stimulators, Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams and Blue Winged Olives will usually take the surface feeders. These waters are only an easy drive from our fly shop in Blairsville, Georgia.

Check out the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission here.

Stop by Southern Highroads Outfitters for the latest in gear and information on the North Carolina Delayed Harvest Streams.


By Capt. David Hulsey IFFF MCI

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