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    Can anyone let me know how the fishing is in western NC in July? Is it worth the trip or will it be a bust?

    Joe

  • #2
    You can always find something; trout up high, maybe lower water still good, smallies, etc.

    Worth it? Depends on the options. July in NC vs. MT? Take MT. NC vs. staying home wishing you were off fishing? Take NC.

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    • #3
      Hard to say how the fishing anywhere is gonna be 4 months out. It's largely water level dependent. My advice would be don't get married to the idea of trout fishing.
      Last edited by Dylar; 03-09-18, 07:18 PM.

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      • #4
        Wild trout streams would be your only option
        NC labels there wild streams in the regs book

        Plenty of them

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        • #5
          Originally posted by trout1980 View Post
          Wild trout streams would be your only option
          NC labels there wild streams in the regs book

          Plenty of them
          That's not true at all. Depending on temps and water levels, he might easily have his pick of everything from hatchery supported waters in the lower valleys to wild trout in the high elevation bluelines to smallies in the big rivers; it's entirely condition dependent.

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          • #6
            Hatchery streams are rarely stocked in July

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            • #7
              Most hatchery supported water in North Carolina also has wild trout. Many streams that are nominally "hatchery supported" receive only a comparative handful of fish and are really wild trout streams in all but name. The larger and more popular stretches of hatchery supported water also receive summer stockings.

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              • #8
                Id beg to differ.

                In my experience most hatchery water is smallmouth bass water

                But smallmouth are good quarry too

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                • #9
                  In general, hatchery supported waters also hold wild fish, while Delayed Harvest sections are typically more marginal. It's one of those things that you notice when you're a resident instead of a visitor.

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                  • #10
                    While the delayed harvest season will be over, tons of our hatchery supported streams still get stocked in the summer and the blue lining is normally fantastic that time of year. Plenty of options for trout fishing in wnc in the summer.
                    Joey Walraven
                    River's Edge Outfitters
                    Cherokee, NC
                    828-497-9300
                    https://www.wncfishing.com/

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                    • #11
                      It's Simple

                      It's really quite simple in that if a hot dry summer, the lower elevation streams will not fish well. If it's a long cool and wet spring/early summer, the lower elevation waters may be great. Side note, many DH streams continue to be stocked during the summer temperature depending. On the other hand, if it's hot and dry come on up and chase green trout! A.K.A. smallmouth. To quote Kevin Howell, for smallmouth the hotter the better. There are guided float trips for smallies on the French Broad and the Tuck and even the occasional muskie.

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                      • #12
                        I'd say bass and panfish would be a better quarry in the summer

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for all the responses.. It looks like NC will be winning out as it is a hella lot less expensive...

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                          • #14
                            yessir! let me know if we can do anything to help.

                            Originally posted by jkwolek1971 View Post
                            Thanks for all the responses.. It looks like NC will be winning out as it is a hella lot less expensive...
                            Joey Walraven
                            River's Edge Outfitters
                            Cherokee, NC
                            828-497-9300
                            https://www.wncfishing.com/

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                            • #15
                              Dylar is spot-on.

                              Really hard to say this far out. Could be hot and dry, could be mild with good water levels. This winter has been great for rebuilding water levels, so unless the rain and snow completely stops and the temps get real high, my guess is it will be a good year for fishing.
                              Resident Tenkara Nerd

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