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Linville River - Nebo - North Carolina

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Blue Winged Olive Mid-Day 18-22 Dun, Emerger, Nymph
Midges Mid-Day 20-26 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
February Blue Winged Olive Mid-Day 18-22 Dun, Emerger, Nymph
Midges Mid-Day 20-26 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
March Blue Winged Olive, Caddis, Midges All Day 14-22 Humpback Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis, Olive Dun, Zebra Midge
April Blue Winged Olive All Day 16-20 Olive Dun, Parachute Adams
Caddis Afternoon 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, Humpback Caddis
May Sulphur Evening 14-18 Light Cahill, Sulphur Dun
Caddis Afternoon 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, Humpback Caddis
June Sulphur Evening 14-18 Light Cahill, Sulphur Dun
Caddis Afternoon 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, Humpback Caddis
Light Cahill Evening 12-14 Light Cahill
July Caddis Afternoon 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, Humpback Caddis
August Terrestrials, Caddis All Day 14-18 Hopper Patterns, Beetle Patterns, Elk Hair Caddis
September Terrestrials, Caddis All Day 14-18 Hopper Patterns, Beetle Patterns, Elk Hair Caddis
October Blue Winged Olive All Day 18-22 Dun, Emerger, Nymph
Midges Mid-Day 20-26 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
November Blue Winged Olive Mid-Day 18-22 Dun, Emerger, Nymph
Midges Mid-Day 20-26 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
December Blue Winged Olive Mid-Day 18-22 Dun, Emerger, Nymph
Midges Mid-Day 20-26 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Linville River – Nebo provides many rewarding locations for fly fishing, offering anglers the chance to catch native and stocked trout species.

Best spots include:
  • Pisgah Fish Hatchery: Known for well-stocked water and easier catching.
  • Spillway Falls: Can be challenging due to the terrain but abundant with fish.
  • Linville Falls Recreation Area: Provides a stunning backdrop to a good day of fishing.
  • Along the Blue Ridge Parkway: Offers several accessible fishing spots.

Remember to:

  1. Follow all fishing regulations for the area.
  2. Carry a valid North Carolina fishing license.
  3. Wear good shoes for slippery riverside conditions.
  4. Bring the right fishing gear for fly fishing.

Best Access Points

The Linville River in Nebo, North Carolina, is a cherished spot for fly fishing. The best access points for this favorite pastime include:

  • Upper Linville Gorge: This area is rugged and remote, ideal for those seeking solitude. The fishing here can be quite productive.
  • Linville Falls: This spot is heavily visited but offers excellent opportunities for brown and rainbow trout.
  • Linville River Road: The river flows alongside this road, providing numerous access points.
  • Mortimer: Below Mortimer, there are numerous fly-fishing opportunities in this picturesque setting.

Before embarking on your fishing expedition, always remember to:

  1. Check and respect local regulations and seasons.
  2. Practice catch and release to preserve the fish population.
  3. Be aware of your surroundings and the river’s current

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout: This fish is a major target among fly fishers due to its size and challenging catch.
  • Brook Trout: Native to the eastern United States, it’s one of the top targets in this area.
  • Rainbow Trout: These are one of the easiest to catch and are found in abundance in the Linville River.
  • Smallmouth Bass: This species is targeted by many anglers due to its powerful fights when hooked.
  • Walleye: Known for their size and delicious meat, they are another popular species among fly fishers.
  • Largemouth Bass: These large predatory fish are a top target for anglers for their exciting catch.
  • Yellow Perch: The Yellow Perch is popular due to its vibrant color and easy catch, making it a favorite target among novices.
  • Bluegill: Bluegill are small but targeted for their sheer numbers and ease of catch.

About The River

The Linville River in North Carolina is an important historical and natural landmark. This river which originates from the Sugar Hill in McDowell County, flows through breathtaking Linville Gorge, often referred to as the ‘Grand Canyon of the East’.

  • Indigenous Influence: The river’s name comes from the Linville family who settled in the area in the mid-18th century. However, prior to their presence, it was a significant region for the Catawba Indians.
  • Historic Significance: The Nebo area surrounding the Linville River was a significant spot during the Revolutionary and Civil War periods. It was also vital during Westward expansion.
  • Modern Importance: Today, it’s known for its rich biodiversity and outdoor recreation including hiking, fishing, and camping in the Linville Falls Campground. The region also offers stunning views from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

This picturesque river, with its rugged gorge walls and cascading waterfalls, offers a remarkable mix of history, culture, and natural beauty.

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