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Tuckasegee River - Baker's Creek - 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.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midge Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, BWO Nymphs
Blue Winged Olive Late Afternoon 18-22 Barr's BWO, Olive Soft Hackle
February Midge Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Disco Midge
Blue Winged Olive Late Afternoon 18-22 Rusty Spinner, Parachute Adams
March Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 16-20 Rusty Spinner, Parachute Adams
Quill Gordon Afternoon 14-16 Quill Gordon Dry, Hare's Ear Nymph
April Caddis Fly Late Afternoon/Evening 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, Green Rock Worm
Hendrickson Afternoon 12-14 Hendrickson Dry, Dark Hendrickson Nymph
May Sulphur Afternoon/Evening 14-18 Sulphur Dry, Pheasant Tail Nymph
Gray Fox Afternoon/Evening 12-14 Gray Fox Dry, March Brown Spider
June Light Cahill Evening 12-14 Light Cahill Dry, Light Cahill Wet
Sulphur Afternoon/Evening 14-18 Sulphur Parachute, Sulphur Nymph
July Light Cahill Evening 12-14 Light Cahill Dry, Light Cahill Wet
Terrestrials All Day 10-14 Hopper, Ant, Beetle Patterns
August Terrestrials All Day 10-14 Hopper, Ant, Beetle Patterns
Blue Winged Olive Evening 18-22 BWO Dry, BWO Nymph
September Terrestrials All Day 10-14 Hopper, Ant, Beetle Patterns
Blue Winged Olive Evening 18-22 BWO Dry, BWO Nymph
October Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 16-20 Rusty Spinner, Parachute Adams
Little Yellow Stonefly Evening 14-16 Yellow Sally Dry, Yellow Stonefly Nymph
November Midge Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Disco Midge
Blue Winged Olive Late Afternoon 18-22 Rusty Spinner, Parachute Adams
December Midge Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, BWO Nymphs
Blue Winged Olive Late Afternoon 18-22 Barr's BWO, Olive Soft Hackle

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

Renowned for its excellent trout population, Tuckasegee River – Baker’s Creek boasts several prime fly fishing locations:

  • Webster: This area is stocked regularly and has a variety of trout species. Its accessible shoreline makes it a popular spot for fly fishing.
  • Dillsboro: Offers deeper water and larger fish. The town provides anglers with plenty of amenities.
  • Ela: This part of the river is renowned for its wild trout population, making it a must-visit location for every angler.
  • Whittier: Known for its trophy fish, this section has an astonishingly high fish count.
  • Bryson City: Not only does it offer excellent fishing opportunities, but the area’s scenic beauty also makes it a favourite among fly fishermen.

Remember to check local fishing regulations and always respect private property rights while enjoying your fishing trip.

Best Access Points

The Tuckasegee River – Baker’s Creek is a fantastic spot for fly fishing. Here are some of the best access points:

  • Bryson City’s Island Park: A popular spot right in the heart of Bryson City with ample parking and easy river access.
  • The Boat Ramp at US 19/74: A convenient location with both boat launching capabilities and riverside fishing accessibility. Good spot for wade fishing.
  • Webster Depot Road: A quieter location, offering solitude and a calm environment perfect for fly fishing. The site provides a great stretch for wading.
  • East Laport: Set in a serene setting, it gives you ample space for casting and a wide variety of fish species.
  • Old Cullowhee Road: Offers a long stretch of the river for fishing. It’s particularly productive in afternoons on warmer days.

Local Fish

  • Brook Trout – This fish species is native to the Eastern United States and commonly found in the Tuckasegee River. They usually like colder water.
  • Rainbow Trout – Rainbow trout are a very popular species among fly fishermen. They are known for their beautiful colors and energetic fight.
  • Brown Trout – They are characterized by their golden brown color and are sought after for their fighting spirit.
  • Smallmouth Bass – Smallmouth bass are common in the Tuckasegee River. They are aggressive feeders and take flies readily.
  • Largemouth Bass – These fish are popular due to their large size potential and aggressive nature. They can add variety to a day of trout fishing.
  • Walleye – The Tuckasegee River houses a healthy population of walleye. These fish can be a challenge on a fly rod, but are fun to catch.
  • White Bass – White bass runs can be an exciting time for fly fishers on the Tuckasegee River. They are known for their strong, rapid bursts of speed.
  • Muskellunge (Muskie) – This species is a less common fly target but can be found in the Tuckasegee River. They lie in wait for prey and then launch a surprise attack.

About The River

Come discover the Tuckasegee River-Baker’s Creek! Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, this river is steeped in an interesting history. Originally known to the Cherokee as Daksiyi-i, “Place of the Turtles”, it played a key role in the lives of Native Americans.

Rushing with vitality, the river facilitated trade and transportation, providing a rich fishing ground. Early European settlers arrived in late 18th century, using the river’s energy to power mills and agricultural pursuits.

  • It’s the source of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad scenic excursions!
  • The river was used for gold mining during the 19th century.
  • It’s now a favorite spot for white-water rafting and quiet nature walks along Baker’s Creek.

Regardless of the season, the Tuckasegee River – Baker’s Creek continues to offer stunning views, thrilling experiences, and a glimpse into America’s past! Create your own history along its banks!

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