Trout Fishing North Carolina's Tuckasegee River

First timers are intimidated by the Tuckasegee River. Roughly an hour from Asheville and steps from Cullowhee, “The Tuck,” as locals refer to it, is one of the better known trout systems in Western North Carolina. Intimidation stems from its size. This isn’t a small stream, rather a medium size river that maintains healthy populations of trout, but with a jar of Pautzke FireBait action can be nonstop as you'll see in this episode of Pautzke Outdoors.

Springtime marks the best action on the Tuck. The river is planted by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission with rainbow, brook and brown trout. Our success came on Peach Garlic, Rainbow, Garlic Salmon Egg and Chartreuse Garlic Fire Bait, all fished on four-pound Trilene and an Eagle Claw (non snelled) hook.

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