Tuchasegee River Tailwater:
If you just want to catch trout and could care less about the challenge, this is the
place to go during the fall and early winter months. A challenge doesn’t exist on
this river. The state of North Carolina stocks the stream and stocks in heavily. It
should be referred to as going catching – not going fishing. All the skill you need
is the ability to cast a few feet with a fly rod. The fly is unimportant. They will hit
about anything you could throw at them.
This is a delayed harvest, tailwater stream located near Dillsboro, North Carolina.
If the water is high you will need a drift boat. If it is low, using a drift boat (like
many of the guys do) affects the entire river for everyone wading and fishing.
When the water is low, drift boats come down the middle of the river dragging the
boat over the numerous rocks making everyone else move out of the way. You
will need to check the discharges before going. You can fish the banks during
high water but you want catch a hundred plus like you normally would.
We took a friend from Pensacola, Florida, there three years ago. It was his first
time ever to fish for trout. He had done some bream fishing with the fly rod using
popping bugs but that was the full extent of his experience. I rigged him up the
typical “guide’s rig” which is a two fly rig with a dry fly on top. That gives the client
a float to watch. I tied on a hares ear nymph below a big foam hopper (float) and
waded out with him to show him how to cast and drift the fly. When I demonstrated
the procedure and started wading back to get my rod, he caught a nineteen-inch
rainbow trout the very first cast he ever made for trout. I tried to explain to him
that was very unusual but then in a few minute another guy watching him hooked
one just below him that looked just as big as Randy’s fish.
If you want to catch some trout and don’t care how you go about it, you should
give this stream a try. It is a “no skill required” stream and I am sure a lot of guys
and gals would enjoy all of the action. It does provide some experience in hooking
and landing fish, even though they fight far less than a wild trout.
One trip we made about three years ago produced over a hundred fish in just
over a half day of fishing. I think the state must have just stocked the stream. You
could see hundreds of trout from the high bank we fished. The fish were so
cooperative that we finally started trying to catch a certain fish in order to create
some challenge to it but we were never able to accomplish that. Each cast would
bring a dozen trout shooting for the fly. It was first come, first serve. I guess my fly
must have looked like the pellets they ate in the hatchery. Angie got upset at me
for keeping on catching them, so we left the stream early that day. I didn’t keep
track of it but I know on many occasions I caught as many as ten or fifteen fish
before I cast and failed to catch one. Most of the fish were brook trout but there
were rainbows mixed in with them. These fish were all close to the bank under
some trees along the road. We were casting from the road.
You can’t always expect to do that and in fact, that gets to be not much fun fairly
quickly. You should expect to catch a lot of trout though anytime after the state
starts stocking the river. We have only fished this river four times but we have
caught a large number of trout each time but one. It is a tailwater and that day
they were generating a lot of water. The water was very high. Even so, we
managed to catch about a dozen fish in eddies along the bank. If you want to
catch a large number of good size, very easy to catch trout, this is the best
stream I know of to do that.
This stream allows anglers the opportunity to hook a lot of fish. You will get to see
a lot of fish take your fly and the practice you get will help you improve your skills
used in hooking, fighting and landing trout.
Copyright 2008 James Marsh