Carolina Fly Fishing Club

North Toe River, Mitchell County - Saturday Day Trip

  • 10 Feb 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Spruce Pines, NC
  • 10


  • Spruce Pine Heritage Trout Water, Mitchell County, Spruce Pine, NC.

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CFFC North Toe River, Mitchell County
Saturday, February 10, 2018 Day Trip

If you have any questions, contact John Personette.

Spruce Pines NC

Nestled in the mountains is one of the jewels of North Carolina trout fishing, the North Toe River, and one of the shiniest baubles as the section that flows through the town of Spruce Pine. Access is outstanding; you can park on a paved lot, and there are lots of trout.

A section of slightly more than two miles, from the US 19E Bridge east of town to the NC 226 Bridge north of town is managed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission as delayed-harvest waters (DH), and is classified as the Spruce Pine Mountain Heritage Trout Water.

The river is heavily stocked — with plenty of big trout which makes for some of the best fishing in the state! 

Suggested length of 8’ to 10’ works well with 3 to 6 wt line.  Leader to match rod length in 3X to 5X.  Shorter leaders make casting weighted flies a little easier.  If desired, you can always add more tippet to lengthen leader.

The fish will generally be in deep slow water. So use lots of weight to get fly down.  Fish dry flies mid to late afternoon or if you see a hatch coming off.  Size is not cast in concrete, so experiment with fly size and pattern.

 Insect  Emergence  Pattern
 Blue Winged Olive
 (Dry Flies)

12-18 Blue Winged Olive
12-18 Adams
14-24 Black CDC Comparadun 

 Early Black Stone
 All Day 14-18 Black Stone Fly Nymph
14-18 Black Adult Stone Fly
 Nymphs and Midges  All Day

18-24 Zebra Midge
16-20 Pheasant Tail Nymph
18-24 Olive Midge

 Quill Gordon Early Afternoon   12-14 Quill Gordon, Wet Fly & Dry Fly

Google “Fly Hatch Charts in NC” or…read more > > >

See pictures of Fly Patterns > > >

Winter Midge fishing YouTube with Kelly Galloup > > >

North Toe River...more info > > >
     North Toe.pdf > > >

FFI "FlyFisher" magazine on page 40, has an interesting article on “Winter Nymph Fishing”.

Need Help?
Let us know if you would like some help with getting started, lining rod, knots, casting, where to fish, etc.?  So we can have someone there to give you a hand.  Don't be bashful, we're here to get you started on the right track.  Click HERE to send an email request > > >

Click HERE for a more detailed location of Riverside Park in Spruce Pine.

Link to Google Maps-


  • I-40 west take exit 86, US-221/226 North.
  • Go North on US-221/US-226.
  • Take US-226 North at the US-221 / US-226 split.
  • US-226 turns into Highland Ave at Hwy 19E.
  • Continue straight across on to Highland Ave.
  • Follow highland Ave and turn RIGHT onto Summit Ave.
  • Follow Summit Ave a short distance (0.1 mi), then bear LEFT on to Tappen St.
  • At end of Tappen St. there is a parking lot at Riverside Park. 
  • We will meet there at 9:00am.
Please bring your own lunch, beverages, etc. We will meet at the meet up parking area about 12:00. Weather can be unpredictable so please bring flexible clothing. 

Winter Fishing

Winter fishing can be very dangerous if you are not prepared and dressed properly.

The onset of hypothermia is shivering followed by uncontrollable shivering, several more stages and eventually death.  So, if you are fishing and start to shiver, it’s time to get out of the water and get warm.  Don’t wait until you go to the next stage of uncontrollable shivering. It’s just too dangerous.

Layer clothing:
You do not want to sweat in the winter.  If you become hot and start to sweat, you need to be able to open up layers or take off layers to allow for cooling.  Once your body stabilizes, you can start to close up and retain heat.

This is an excellent article: “Clothing Tips for Winter Fishing”. 

COTTON is a summer fabric that absorbs and holds moisture allowing it to cool the body from evaporation.  However, it is a very DANGEROUS winter fabric.

In winter you want moisture to be wicked away from your body.  WOOL is an excellent winter fabric along with many synthetic polyester blends (polypropylene, capilene, etc.) that are moisture wicking fabrics.

Thin liner socks made of silk, or any synthetic fiber like polypropylene, capilene or any synthetic moisture wicking fabric followed by a pair of wool socks. 
Remember, if your foot is cramped and too tight in your boot, your feet will get cold.  Your boot should be one or two sizes larger than your foot size to allow for plenty of room.

Extra clothing:
Always carry an extra change of clothing in the event you get wet.

Club Outings: Due to CFFC liabilities anyone attending a club outing must be up to date with their CFFC and FFI memberships. Guests or lapsed members must sign a release form at the gathering or you can link to the release form. You can print, fill it out and bring it with you to the outing. Release Form

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