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Old 03-08-18, 01:24 PM   #1
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Default North Carolina in July

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?

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Old 03-08-18, 04:12 PM   #2
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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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Old 03-09-18, 05:55 PM   #3
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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.

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Old 03-09-18, 09:37 PM   #4
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Wild trout streams would be your only option
NC labels there wild streams in the regs book

Plenty of them
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Old 03-09-18, 10:30 PM   #5
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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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Old 03-09-18, 11:05 PM   #6
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Hatchery streams are rarely stocked in July
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Old 03-09-18, 11:31 PM   #7
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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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Old 03-10-18, 12:48 AM   #8
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Id beg to differ.

In my experience most hatchery water is smallmouth bass water

But smallmouth are good quarry too
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Old 03-10-18, 06:59 AM   #9
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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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Old 03-10-18, 10:03 AM   #10
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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.
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