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Nahtahala River - Hewitt - North Carolina

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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 Noon to Dusk 18-22 Adams, Blue Winged Olive
Quill Gordons Noon 12-14 Quill Gordons
February Blue Winged Olive Dusk 16-18 Adams, Blue Winged Olive
Quill Gordons Noon 12-14 Quill Gordons
March Hendricksons Afternoon to Dusk 12-14 Hendricksons, Adams
April March Browns Afternoon 10-12 Parachute Adams, Hare's Ear
May Green Drakes Dusk 6-10 Green Drake, Light Cahill
June Sulphur Evening 14-18 CDC Sulphur, Light Cahill
July Tan Caddis Afternoon to Dusk 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, Adams
August Terrestrial All Day 10-20 Ant Patterns, Beetle Patterns
September Caddis Afternoon to Dusk 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams
October October Caddis Dusk 8-10 October Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis
November Blue Winged Olive Afternoon to Dusk 18-22 Blue Winged Olive, Adams
Midges Afternoon 20-26 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
December Blue Winged Olive Afternoon to Dusk 18-22 Blue Winged Olive, Adams
Midges Afternoon 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 Nantahala River in Hewitt is a renowned spot for fly fishing, featuring diverse species such as Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, and Brown Trout. Key spots for anglers include:
  • Upper Nantahala: Packed with wild brown and rainbow trout, this section of the river is perfect for experienced anglers. The rough terrain and heavy foliage make it a challenging but rewarding spot.
  • Nantahala Cascades: Offering a high volume whitewater area, this fast-flowing stretch is ideal for thrill-seekers. Fly fishing amidst the cascades promises a unique experience.
  • Lower Nantahala & Delayed Harvest Section: These are easily accessible sections with generously stocked trout. Restocked several times a year, this is the go-to area for beginners and those seeking a casual fly fishing experience.
Respecting local regulations and maintaining the cleanliness of the river is crucial to preserving these natural habitats for future generations of fishermen.

Best Access Points

The Nantahala River in Hewitt is renowned for its excellent fly fishing opportunities. There are several prime access points worth checking out:
  • Beechertown Launch Site: Start your fly fishing adventure here. Easy access and ample parking.
  • Ferebee Memorial Park: Another popular access point, complete with picnic areas. The entry to the river is gradual, making it ideal for beginners.
  • Nantahala River Lodge: Offers private access to fishing spots. Ideal for those seeking a more secluded experience.
  • Winding Stairs Road: Get up close to the rushing whitewater. Fish from the banks or try your luck in the plentiful eddies.
  • Nantahala Outdoor Center: Offers guided fishing trips with equipment rentals, ideal for newcomers to fly fishing.
Please follow the local regulations for fishing and ensure you have the appropriate permits.

Local Fish

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Brook Trout
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Redeye Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Cherokee Bass

About The River

The Nahtahala River is a sparkling gem nestled in North Carolina’s lush landscapes. Named from the Cherokee word meaning ‘Land of the Noonday Sun,’ its history is as fascinating as it is beautiful. Beginning its journey in the Macon County, it flows through the Nantahala National Forest, showcasing incredible biodiversity.

The Hewitt area, a significant point in the river, boasts a rich mining history. During the gold rush period in the 1800s, adventurous spirits flocked to Hewitt, transforming it into a buzzing gold mining town. Although the gold rush ended, Hewitt continues to charm with its almost mystical allure.

  • 1830: The year the gold rush began in Nantahala.
  • Today: Adventure seekers enjoy white-water rafting and fly fishing in the Nantahala River, playing on its class II and III rapids, and angling in its crystal-clear streams.

Indeed, the Nahtahala River’s journey – from a gold rush pulse to an adventurer’s paradise – is a story that adds depth and character to North Carolina’s scenic beauty.


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