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April 12, 2023


Concord Mills Mall

Concord, NC


Speaker starts at 6:45PM

Christopher Roche

NC Fly Fishing Guide Service. Fly Fishing Lessons & Guide Trips North Carolina,

He has been a full-time fly fishing guides since 2009. He was one of the first four volunteers to help start Charlotte Project Healing Waters.

Chris is a real estate broker by trade and native of New England who grew up honing his many angling skills off the coast of Massachusetts as a young man.

Whether it be offshore, surf, rivers, lakes or ponds he's worked had to master the spin caster, bait caster, surf rod & fly rod.

Chris relocated to North Carolina in 1993 and has been actively fly fishing in 22 North Carolina and Virginia counties since. Chris had been an active Board of Director and Activity Director for Carolina Fly Fishing Club, a Trout Unlimited Member and a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers.   

He will speak on fishing dry/dropper rig and fishing soft hackles.

Fishing for trophy trout in Virginia.

Don't miss this live in person meeting!

Non-Member guests are encouraged to attend.



2023 Fly Fishing Film Tour with Jesse Brown’s Outdoors @ Visulite Theatre

F3T 2023 Charlotte, March 22nd, 2023

The 17th annual FLY FISHING FILM TOUR (F3T) presented by Costa, YETI and Simms is back in action and hitting the road with a top notch selection of short films that are sure to get you fired up for the season ahead. 

The Charlotte, NC, showing held at the historic Visulite Theatre, will be hosted again by the Charlotte fly shop, Jesse Brown's.

There will be Live Music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Then the FILMS start. The 2023 show will feature locations from Cuba to Patagonia, Mexico to Australia, Alaska, Wyoming, the Deep South, Massachusetts and beyond. Experience the achievement of a permit slam, follow the journey of one boy from Mexico to the waters of Wyoming, explore the best international
waters and compete for the legendary belt buckle.  Join us for a journey of adventure, friendship and the best fly fishing action.

The F3T is the original and largest fly fishing film event of its kind. Come for the action and stay for the giveaways and camaraderie that will
feed your fishing addiction.

Please contact Jesse Brown's with questions, tickets & fishing trip needs.

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The F3T is proudly presented by Costa, YETI and Simms Fishing. The tour is also sponsored by Scientific Anglers, Dale’s by Oskar Blues
Brewery, Rarewaters, , SageOutside, and She's Fly

If you have any questions, contact Jesse Brown’s Outdoors at 704-556-0020 or







May 10, 2023



Concord Mills Mall

As always, guest and non-members are welcome! 



Many times a fishing buddy or you will put a hook in a body part. Do you need to quit fishing? Probably not. There are several good YouTube videos out there.

Word of advice, medical professionals caution, never push the hook farther through the body part to cut the barb off. there is a significant risk of tissue damage. 

Bear in mind, we are not physicians and have never even played a physician, that's why we fly fish. When in doubt seek competent medical advice.

String Technique

When and Why?

  • Helpful for quick removals and requires few resources
  • Can be performed in the field
  • Careful with removal as the hook may fly off in an unpredictable fashion
  • Should not be used on parts of the body that are free-floating, such as the earlobe


  • Fly line or String or Heavy dental floss


  1. A string or suture should be wrapped/tied around the midpoint of the bend of the hook.
  2. Exert downward pressure on the shank of the fishhook to dislodge the barb as much as possible from the local soft tissue.
  3. Using a quick motion, pull parallel to the barbed tip with the suture.
  4. Be careful as the fishhook will be propelled out very rapidly and can cause additional injury.

fishhook removal string


2023 North Carolina Trout Fishing Guide

Visit and bookmark the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s trout webpage for all things trout, including stocking schedules, stream conditions and trout handling advice.




The Southeastern Council is sponsoring a trip to Wyoming

SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2023

We will be staying at Yellowstone Anglers' Basecamp on the North Fork Shoshone River. There are abundant opportunities to fish in the greater Yellowstone area for cutthroat and other trout. Several FFi clubs took trips there last Summer and had a fantastic time.

This week-long trip utilizes the facilities of the Boy Scout camp. 3 meals/day, cabins, shuttles to the river(s) are provided. If an angler wishes to utilize a guide, they should make those reservations independently with area Cody fly shops. ZOOM meeting to discuss this trip on March 29 at 7PM.


Warmer temperatures, more stocking, more people fishing often yeild more sightings.

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 3, 2023) – Wildlife biologists at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are asking the public, particularly anglers as opening day of Hatchery Supported Trout Waters approaches (April 1), to report any sightings of hellbenders and mudpuppiesBoth types of aquatic salamanders are found in western North Carolina and listed in North Carolina as species of special concern. Commission biologists want to know more about their distribution in the state and how their populations are faring.

These two giant salamanders often get confused with one another, but they have distinct differences. The largest aquatic salamander in North America and typically only found in fast moving, clean mountain streams, hellbenders can grow to 2 feet long but average 16 to 17 inches long. Hellbenders have flat, broad heads and flattened bodies, wrinkly skin on their sides and are brown – sometimes mottled with dark splotches. They are sometimes also referred to as “water dogs,” “snot otters,” or “Alleghany alligators,” and because they breathe through their skin, are considered “bio-indicators” of good water quality.

Smaller than the hellbender, adult mudpuppies can grow over a foot long but average around 8 to 10 inches in length. Mudpuppies have light brown, smooth skin that is typically speckled with spots, and red external feathery gills they retain through their whole life. They primarily live in deep rivers, lakes, large ponds and reservoirs, but also thrive in unpolluted streams like the hellbender.

“We know less about mudpuppies than we do about hellbenders, but we’d like to know much more about both,” said Lori Williams, a wildlife diversity biologist with the Wildlife Commission. “Challenging logistics in lake systems have made it difficult for us to conduct mudpuppy population surveys, but those habitats may be hot spots. Mudpuppies are attracted to baited hooks in lakes and deep rivers, so anglers fishing from boats may catch one. We need anyone who fishes deep river sites and impounded waters to let us know if they find one.”

Hellbenders, on the other hand, have been the focus of a long-term inventory and monitoring study the agency has been conducting with partners since 2007. Their populations have decreased mainly due to declining water quality and habitat degradation, and to a lesser degree, ill treatment from anglers who mistakenly think they decrease trout populations. The latter is not true; however, both hellbenders and mudpuppies may go after fish on a line or stringer when scavenging for an easy meal. Their main source of prey is crayfish, but they will also eat minnows, snails, tadpoles, worms, discarded bait or other injured or dead animals.

“While some misinformation regarding hellbenders still exists, it has been rewarding to watch more and more anglers embrace these animals and their conservation need throughout the years,” Wildlife Commission Mountain Coldwater Research Coordinator Jacob Rash. “It’s important to remember that trout and hellbenders need the same clean, cool waters, and what’s good for one is good for the other. We are very grateful for trout anglers who help spread the word, report encounters, and provide a much-needed ally for our hellbender conservation efforts in NC.” 

Neither the mudpuppy nor the hellbender is poisonous, venomous, toxic or harmful to humans, although they may try to bite as a defensive reaction if someone tries to pick them up. If sighted, they should be left alone and reported. Williams asks that their location be noted (physical location or GPS coordinates), a photo snapped if possible, and any other details shared with her at People can also call the Wildlife Commission’s NC Wildlife Helpline, 866-318-2401, and provide details of the observation.

It is illegal to take, possess, transport or sell mudpuppies or hellbenders, or attempt to do so. The violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor, which can result in a fine and up to 120 days in jail. If anglers happen to catch one on by hook and line, they should carefully remove the hook if it is safe to do so without harming the animal, or cut the line as close as possible to the hook and return the salamander back to the water.

Learn more by visiting the NC Partners in Amphibians and Reptile Conservation’s mudpuppy webpage and the Wildlife Commission’s hellbender webpage.


Tips to catch more fish this Spring

By Richard Griggs

Carolina Mountain Sports

March, April and May are great months for trout fishing. All the designated Delayed Harvest and Hatchery Supported streams will get a bunch of “new” fish. It's a great time to be on the water, developing and honing those skills. Some of us will catch a bunch, but others....well, not so many.

Here are a few tips to help you progress with your skill as an angler and terrorize some trout in the process. Most of these have been acquired over more than 20 years of running a fly shop and listening to customers brag, and complain.

Learn to tie a couple of good knots well, and quick. For many, the standard Clinch Knot and Surgeons Knot work just fine. Practice before you get on the stream....and yes, most of us will benefit from wearing “readers” or some other magnifying aid. What's really embarrassing is taking 10 minutes (or more) working out tangles and re-tying knots when the fish are eating.

Take a casting lesson or two from a good instructor. As one of our members was fond of saying: “there is no penalty for casting better.” That is so true. But, some will say, we don't need more than a lob cast or a roll cast (or maybe a water haul) on our trout streams. That is very true in many situations. But, the better you understand and can implement the basic principles of casting, the better is your “short game” on our trout waters....that means more fish and fewer tangles and hangups.

Take a tip or two from the Euro Nymph anglers: Add a longer section of Flourocarbon tippet to your leader, just below a section of colored monofilament “sighter material” tied into your leader; don't have a bunch of line and leader lying on the water's surface...instead get use to “high sticking” or tightline fishing: ...and, OMG, maybe eliminate that big strike indicator/bobber/cork, which only indicates some strikes and scares educated fish... and get your flies on or near the bottom.

Recently stocked trout certainly key in on bright colored flies like yarn egg patterns; squirmy wormies, and mop flies. Some refer to these at “junk flies” and Christmas tree “ornaments.” Keep in mind that “new” fish have not yet learned what real stream food looks like. But, even wild, born-in-the-stream fish, love to eat fish eggs; and all the thousands of aquatic worms that live in the sediment; and the crane fly and caddis fly life stage that mop flies imitate. (Ok maybe not the bright orange Cheeto version!)

Tight lines!


Bill Jewett was a guest on Carolina Outdoors Podcast

Listen here:

Carolina Fly Fishing Club Active in the Community

Bill Jewett, President of The Carolina Fly Fishing Club, joins The Outdoor Guys to talk about how The Club originated, who can join (everyone!), as well as upcoming events and regular monthly meetings. Bill also shares his own story of getting involved with The Club.

Bill and members of the Carolina Fly Fishing Club will be with Bill & Wes at the Fly Fishing Film Tour at The Visulite Theatre on March 22, 2023.

It’s always a great time to go fishing in The Carolinas. If you are new to the sport or to the area check out the CFFC, and come on by Jesse Brown’s Outdoors where the staff can answer questions, service reels and rods, swap out line, or get you into a new pair of waders or wading boots. Or, book a wading trip with Lead Guide Dave Bergman to immerse yourself fly fishing in our scenic public waters.



April 11, 2023 - 6PM -  9PM Bass pro Concord, NC

April 18, 2023 - 6PM - 8:30PM Cabelas Fort Mill, SC

May 9, 2023 - 6PM - 9PM Basspro - Concord, NC

May 16, 2023 - 6PM - 8:30PM Cabelas Fort Mill, SC

Learn to tie or share your knowledge! All materials and tools provided.

Contact the organizers for more information.

Lying and Tying with PHWFF

March 7,2023

Carolina Fly Fishing Club held our monthly Lying & Tying and hosted PHWFF Charolette.

Mike Michael Helms led the way and taught us to tie his fly the Carolina Flash as always there were lots of stories and a few lies spoken and most of all it was a wonderful time of fellowship.

Thanks to our gracious host Bass Pro Shops for allowing us to use their community room.

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South Carolina has more than great football!


For many of our members, South Carolina remains unexplored. It offers some excellent trout fishing opportunities.


Make a promise to yourself to fish a new location in North Carolina this spring.

Follow this link to adventure. 

Every public fishing opportunity is located for your next trip. Find an area of North Carolina you want to explore and zoom in on the prospects. River, lake or pond, are all covered here. Pro tip: Use Google maps separately to explore the terrain and access points.

Wild Brook trout caught in Grassy Creek, NC (Crabtree Falls) : r/NCOutdoors

North Carolina Stocking Schedule

Another awesome trout fishing locator.

PISGAH OUTDOORS The Fish of Pisgah National Forest and Surrounding Area

Meeting at REI, Northlake Mall, CLT.

6:30 PM Meet and Greet  7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Club Meeting.      

The December CFFC meeting will be a casual get together and a swap meet.  A good chance to bring some of your stuff that you don't need and be able to sell or swap for other items. From what I am seeing there should be a lot of good stuff that will be put out. So load up all of your stuff and come on over for an enjoyable evening. 

Also this meeting will be the final chance to get one of the special raffle tickets for the two rods that we will be giving away this meeting. They will raffled separately and will make a couple of folks a nice Christmas present. 

Look forward to seeing you there. 

Monthly Fly Tying Sessions


We are looking to schedule more fly tying classes now that the weather is turning cold. We will be announcing dates and times for the fly tying classes for beginners, intermediate and experienced tiers soon. So keep watch for the dates 

Carolina Fly Fishing Club PO Box 3451 Huntersville, NC 28070

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