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Waynesville Smokey Mountain News

North Carolina Fly Fishing Team

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North Carolina Fly Fishing Team

Fly Fishing

Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing

South East Fly Fishing Forum


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By Eugene ...

www.smokymountainnews.com, 25 Jan 2006 [cached]

By Eugene Shuler

(Eugene Shuler is co-owner and guide of Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing, which leads trips throughout the region and has offices in Bryson City and Cherokee.)

Eugene ...

www.southholstonflyfishingfest.com, 29 April 2010 [cached]

Eugene Shuler South Holston Fly Fishing Festival

Eugene Shuler
Eugene is the owner of the South East Fly Fishing Forum and the captain of the North Carolina Fly Fishing Team. He has competed across the United States in fly fishing tournaments and has had success in the Fly Fishing Masters Competition as well as many regional competitions. Eugene is an excellent casting instructor and a tactical wizard when it comes to getting the fish to eat. Eugene will host a tactical presentation called Czech Nymphing: How to rig, where and how to fish, why even bother?

"This is the extreme end of ...

www.citizen-times.com, 24 Sept 2009 [cached]

"This is the extreme end of the sport," said Eugene Shuler, 34, of Bryson City, a founding member of the N.C. Fly-Fishing Team. "A lot of the older anglers don't understand it. For me, competition is about camaraderie and refining techniques. It makes you a better angler."

Shuler, who placed third in last year's Rumble in the Rhododendron, said he believes competition will help keep the traditionally uncompetitive sport of fly-fishing alive.
"The only way any sport grows is to get kids involved," Shuler said.
Lee and Shuler took third place at the America Cup International Fly-Fishing Tournament in Colorado in August, where fellow N.C. Fly-Fishing Team members Paul Colcord, of Bryson City, and Michael Yelton, of Lake Lure, placed eighth.
Eugene Shuler, of Bryson City, placed fifth at the Olympiad Fly Masters tournament in Lake Lure in April. Shuler will compete with teammate Chris Lee in the Rumble in the Rhododendron this weekend.
Eugene Shuler, of Bryson City, placed fifth at the Olympiad Fly Masters tournament in Lake Lure in April. Shuler will compete with teammate Chris Lee in the Rumble in the Rhododendron this weekend. (Chris Wolfe/Special to the Citizen-Times)

Guide to Trout, Fly Fishing - Smoky Mountains - Cherokee Trout Fishing - Fishing Report

www.greatsmokies.com, 14 May 2006 [cached]

Contact: Eugene Shuler

- By Eugene Shuler
Eugene Shuler is a Bryson City native and Director of Guide Operations for River's Edge Outfitters in Cherokee NC, and the Team Captain of the North Carolina Fly Fishing Team. He can be reached at 828-497-9300 or visit www.flyfishcherokee.com.

Eugene Shuler stood alongside ...

unionsportsmen.org, 30 Oct 2014 [cached]

Eugene Shuler stood alongside me knee-deep in the Oconaluftee River, a gem for trout just inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the outskirts of Swain County, North Carolina.

Eugene Shuler has been a fly fishing guide nearly all his life.
Eugene Shuler has been a fly fishing guide nearly all his life. Tight-lining for trout is a technique he often uses on North Carolina streams, and it works in a variety of situations.
Shuler, owner of Fly Fishing the Smokies guide service, had invited me down to this far western edge of the Tar Heel State to investigate the county's fishing options-and in particular to catch trout. He and I had fished the Tuckasegee River the day before and landed some nice rainbow trout and a few bass; today I was going to be schooled on tight line trout fishing.
Shuler, who has been a fly fishing guide nearly all his adult life, walks softly and carries a big accent. But don't let his Western Carolina drawl fool you. Whether it's fishing, local and federal government operations, or the needs of small business owners, Shuler knows his stuff.
"Keep an eye open for snakes," Shuler reminded me as we scooted down the side of a steep bank to make our way to the middle of river we'd be fishing. "They're a part of fly fishing out here," he said as he scanned the bank, "but I hate snakes, myself."
My sentiments exactly, I thought, following Shuler carefully and doing my best to walk in his footsteps, even after we entered the stream. We'd begun fishing in the late afternoon; now the setting sun and the low light that snuck past the tight canopy of cover overhead gave the impression that we were fishing in early evening. The conditions were perfect for snaring wary trout.
"Take your indicator off. You don't use those in tight line fishing," Shuler instructed.
I tossed my fly pattern out in the direction that Shuler suggested, and I let the fly sink.
"OK Beau, keep your leader tight by lifting all the fly line out of the water and not allowing even the leader to float on the water's surface."
This proved much harder to do than I expected. I watched my leader and was surprised when Shuler said, "You just missed a fish, Beau."
"I don't think so, Eugene. I think I must have hit bottom or something."
Smiling, Shuler replied, "OK, try again, only this time, really keep the leader tight and don't even think about the fly at all. Simply concentrate on the leader, and if you see it move, set the hook."
I'm sure that Shuler could tell I was becoming exasperated, as we'd been fishing for nearly 20 minutes without a bite.
"There he is," Shuler said as my rod bowed over with the weight of the fish.
Nevertheless, Shuler had won me to his cause: tight line trout fishing was legit. And the truth is that anglers can catch everything from smallmouth bass, crappie and bluegill to coldwater species using this technique.
Over the course of my visit, in addition to teaching me the light line technique, Shuler introduced me to hundreds of North Carolina river miles. All the eager angler has to do to take advantage of that bounty is head to Swain County (www.greatsmokies.com/) with a state fishing license and a little bit of patience. When you go, I highly recommend that call upon Eugene Shuler to teach you the finer points of tight line fly fishing.

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