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Fishing Is In Full Swing! April/May Boone Fly Fishing Report

April 30, 2015


With spring officially upon us, our fishing has been great lately. For those of you that are planning spring fishing trips, keep in mind that May is the last month that our Delayed Harvest streams around Boone and Blowing Rock will be under catch and release regulations.


Delayed Harvest fishing in the high country of NC will remain solid through the end of May. At that time, we will shift our focus toward fishing for native trout in our high mountain tributaries. The delayed harvest streams surrounding Boone and Blowing Rock will begin getting restocked tomorrow, May 1st. Plan your trips will be superb after these streams are stocked, running all the way through the end of May.


Our tailwaters have been fishing wonderfully lately. We are seeing a great deal of caddis flies on the Watauga River as well as the beginning of our Sulpur (yellow mayfly) hatches on the South Holston. Both of these rivers are just a short drive from the Boone, West Jefferson and Blowing Rock areas and offer world class fly fishing. 


Fishing Advice: As temperatures are warming, we see more and more anglers on the water during the weekends. If possible, try to fish on the weekdays. Usually, the streams are ghost-towns, which can make for some wonderful angling opportunities, all while missing the hoardes of weekend fishers.


Fly Selection:

Caddis Pupa's and Emergers: sizes 14-18

Micro-mayflies: sizes 18-20

Midges: Black and Brown, sizes 18-20

Mayfly Nymph's: sizes 16-18


If you are staying in Boone, Blowing Rock or West Jefferson and would like to learn more about the fishing and fly fishing opportunities here in the High Country, definitely feel free to give us a shout. We would love to speak with you about what all our area offers. 828-355-9109


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