Tuckasegee River Fishing Report

Only an hour outside of Asheville, all four sections of the Tuckasegee River are included on the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, five if you count the West Tuck - and there are only 15 spots on the trail list! In other words, this river has a lot to offer. Beginning at the confluence of the Panthertown and Greenland Creeks, the river flows for 60 miles until it joins the Little Tennessee. Its basin is sizeable, draining an estimated 655 miles.

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The river is well stocked with brooks, browns and rainbows, although there are still wild fish throughout. State support for the river is generous with an estimated 50,000 fish added each season. Not surprisingly, the river boasts one of the highest fish counts in North Carolina, purportedly 9,000 fish per mile. Large numbers of rainbows and browns reach trophy proportion, both in weight and length.

Delayed harvest has been successfully employed through the 5 mile section between 107 Bridge and the riverside park in Dillsboro. As a result, this section is catch and release only, from October to June. That said, experts consider this the best place to achieve a “Tuckasegee Slam” where you reel in all three species in one spot.

One of the more inviting aspects of this river is its accessibility. Highway access is ample and parking is well marked and available for most of the river.  The East Laporte Park to the 107 Bridge offers picnic tables and public restrooms. The river can be waded and floated in the middle and lower sections.
 
Tributaries:
It is a tributary of the Little Tennessee River
Source:
Confluence of the Panthertown and Greenland Creeks
Mouth:
Little Tennessee River
Length:
60 miles
Basin:
655 sq miles
Seasonal Conditions
Season
Hatches
SpringBWO, blue quill, quill gordon, mottled & gray caddis, hendrickson midges and drakes
SummerLight cahill, stenonema ithaca, green & yellow stonefly, giant stonefly, flying ants and terrestrials
FallBWO, deptera midge, isonychia bi-color, flying ants and terrestrials
WinterMidges
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Fishing Trips
Fly Fishing in Asheville with Curtis Wright Outfitters will ensure the best opportunity for you to enjoy this unique area and catch and release some spectacular fish. Our guides are ... morefriendly and knowledgeable.

There’s no better way to experience the larger rivers of Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee than in a boat. Float trips cover between 3-9 miles of river depending on the trip. So whether you are experienced or a novice, float trips are a great way to see a lot of scenery while catching fish. You will be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fishing, as our experienced guides lead you down one of these scenic rivers for an unforgettable trip.

Floating is preferred by many as the most effective way to fish the larger rivers of WNC. The Tuckaseegee River offers great scenery and fishing from October to June. The Watauga and South Holston are big, beautiful tailwaters offering dry fly, nymph and streamer action year round. The French Broad and Nolichucky are home to an abundance of very large smallmouth that can be taken on the fly or with spin gear. Smallmouth bass fishing is best from March to December. Whatever fish species you are interested in targeting, a float trip is an epic way to spend a day!
Fly Fishing in Asheville with Curtis Wright Outfitters will ensure the best opportunity for you to enjoy this unique area and catch and release some spectacular fish. Our guides are ... morefriendly and knowledgeable.

There’s no better way to experience the larger rivers of Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee than in a boat. Float trips cover between 3-9 miles of river depending on the trip. So whether you are experienced or a novice, float trips are a great way to see a lot of scenery while catching fish. You will be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fishing, as our experienced guides lead you down one of these scenic rivers for an unforgettable trip.

Floating is preferred by many as the most effective way to fish the larger rivers of WNC. The Tuckaseegee River offers great scenery and fishing from October to June. The Watauga and South Holston are big, beautiful tailwaters offering dry fly, nymph and streamer action year round. The French Broad and Nolichucky are home to an abundance of very large smallmouth that can be taken on the fly or with spin gear. Smallmouth bass fishing is best from March to December. Whatever fish species you are interested in targeting, a float trip is an epic way to spend a day!
The Tuckasegge river is located in Sylva north Carolina, just west of Asheville. The tuckasegge river is a delayed harvest river, which is all catch and release October through June. ... moreFor a beginning angler or even a veteran the tuckasegge provides fantastic fly fishing opportunities for all.

The Tuckasegge river is dam controlled as well, so if the water is big it is a great time to get in the boat and cast deep nymph rigs or even streamers for giant trout and lots of them. It is very likely to see 50 plus trout on a daily basis. If the water is low it provides some great wade fishing opportunities and you can still float fish on low water as well.

Let Asheville Anglers take you on your next guide trip on the tuckasegge river, and there will be plenty of grip and grin photo opportunities. The Tuckasegge river is best in early and late spring so just as the days get long its time to fish the tuck.
The Tuckasegge river is located in Sylva north Carolina, just west of Asheville. The tuckasegge river is a delayed harvest river, which is all catch and release October through June. ... moreFor a beginning angler or even a veteran the tuckasegge provides fantastic fly fishing opportunities for all.

The Tuckasegge river is dam controlled as well, so if the water is big it is a great time to get in the boat and cast deep nymph rigs or even streamers for giant trout and lots of them. It is very likely to see 50 plus trout on a daily basis. If the water is low it provides some great wade fishing opportunities and you can still float fish on low water as well.

Let Asheville Anglers take you on your next guide trip on the tuckasegge river, and there will be plenty of grip and grin photo opportunities. The Tuckasegge river is best in early and late spring so just as the days get long its time to fish the tuck.
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