Great Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing at its Best!

Ed Hudon, Expert Fly Fishing GuideCheck out the photos to below. We have Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Palomino (Yellow) Trout, my brother Tony fishing a small creek, Dorothy catching her first fish with a fly rod. My good buddy, Tony from GA, wondering, “what the heck is that?” when an Elk decided to walk through our fishing hole in Cherokee, NC. Last but not least, is one of the best trout fisherman I know, Forrest showing off this pre-historic Brown Trout. Each one of these photos is a great memory. I’m sure you will have your own memory to look back on as well. Let’s go fishing!

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“Baby it’s cold outside “. The title of a song that Dean Martin sang. It’s also what I said the last two days ( March 13-14 ). I guided Bob Mashock, of Hilton Head, SC. Although it was very cold, Bob caught 20 trout Tuesday and another 8 on Wednesday ( only fished 2 hours ). During our time on the water, Bob hooked into, and landed an 18” Rainbow trout. ( Wall of Fame Candidate for the second year in a row )
We also lost a Hugh Rainbow that I guess was approximately 24” !!
We fished the Famous Tuckaseegee River in Jackson County. The river is producing a lot of fish and NC will stock it again the first week of April- then the first week of May. This Spring looks like it’s getting off to a great start, even in cold weather.
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Ooh Son! So for me, the fishing season has Officially started. Today I guided Steve Sheaf on the West Fork of the Pigeon. Only Steve’s second time out with a fly rod, and he caught over 30 trout, with two of them “ wall hangers “
Really proud of Steve, mainly because he tried fishing the Czech Nymphing System instead of with a thingamabob indicator. Then he tried Nymphing with a Woolly Bugger and stripping back with great success. Even though it was cold and windy out, we had a great time. 🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟
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‘‘Tis the Season go fishing 🎣
With my March schedule booking up fast, I wanted to get some personal time on the water. My friend James Serra and I met at Fires Creek, Clay County, to spend the day together. The morning went fairly well. We both caught several fish. Water was high. Flowing real fast too!
After a short lunch, we went back at it, however while looking for a nice spot to fish, we met up with two young couples
We decided to go meet them and ask them how they were doing. Although the guys were doing ok, one of the females, Ladson Dunton, a Marketing Coordinator with SweetWater Brewing Co. in Atlanta, looked as though she could use a little help. So I put my rod down and asked if I could help her try to catch a fish. With a few adjustments here and there, and a new fly, she caught her first trout ever! Within the next half hour she caught and landed two more fish. She now had a Rainbow, Brookie and a Brown. Not bad for her first time. With a little help she had a great time. I hope that anyone who never tried fly fishing because they thought it was to hard, get some help from a local guide. It’s not as hard as you think, and the memories are forever. I won’t forget Fires Creek. It was very rewarding.
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Attached for your review, is the 2018 Delayed Harvest Stocking Schedule
I only included March, April and May. I’ll post the October/ November during the summer. We already have some early birds that have picked their dates to fly fish this year. If you plan on coming to Western NC, please select your dates as soon as you can. Looking forward to another great year fly fishing 🎣
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Now that I’ve closed out 2017, it wouldn’t be official until we post our 2017 Wall of Fame Inductees. Here they are:

PLATINUM STATUS: Austin Shoemaker and Will Sims

GOLD STATUS: Dottie Hudon - Bob Mashock - Alan Hofmeister

SILVER STATUS: John Heussner- Tony Hudon - Julie Norquest- Jim Anderson Harold Lewis - Steve Weinburg- Steve Zevitas - Michael Zevitas - Cody Stevens - Josh Hudon - Terry Hester - Quincy Thayer - Bryce Thayer - Jake Thayer ( way to go Thayer Family)

BRONZE STATUS: Wyett Hampton - James Sera*- Ed Golightly - Paula Birchmore - Randy Birchmore- Andy Anderson - Steve Sheaf - Rodney Lewis - Brad St Coeur - Tony Wood & Debbie Wood - Nick Williamson - Lucas Moore - Chad Moore - Casey Hester. Thanks to all that participated

2018 News is right around the corner!
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Rainbow TroutThis is me holding up a special breed of cut throat trout from Almont Colorado. I was fishing the famous John Taylor River. This river runs past the HARMELS Ranch Resort, in Almont.

AlexThis is my nephew Alex. He currently lives in Nevada with his brother Andrew. Look at the smile on his face. As they say in the commercial, PRICELESS. Can’t wait to go to Nevada and fish with these two guys. I get great pleasure watching someone catch a fish when I’m guiding them, even more than if I was doing the fishing myself.

EddieThis is a good friend and excellent fisherman John M. from Pennsylvania. Fishing has given me the opportunity to make good friends like John. In this photo, we are in Georgia, October 2012. We did not catch as many as we would have liked, but the scenery was breathtaking. We still talk about that trip every time we see each other.