asheville fly fishing weatherWestern North Carolina’s Weather

Asheville and the surrounding towns in Western North Carolina all have a similar climate range. In general the region has a low humidity rating, and has a very comfortable temperature range; with summers typically staying in the 75° to 85° mark. Daily temperatures can change drastically from morning to mid mornings in the spring, summer and fall – sometimes even changing 30° degrees in a couple hours. We recommend on any given day to prepare for colder temperatures in the morning and rising temps in the afternoon hours.
WNC Temp Jan. Feb. March April May June July Aug Sept Oct. Nov. Dec. Totals
Avg. High °F 47 50 58 67 75 82 85 84 77 68 58 49 67
Avg. Low °F 28 31 37 45 53 61 65 64 57 46 38 30 46

March & April

The spring weather can be beautiful and at sometimes frigid here in Western North Carolina’s mountains. Don’t let the cold temps in March fool you though. Some of our most productive days fishing for bass and trout have come from colder spring mornings. On nice days the temps can get to 50°F to 65°F, with bluebird skies and steady sunshine. One colder days our temperatures can get into the 30° to 50°F range.
For mountain reservoir trophy bass fishing in spring, bass will begin to move up into the shallows early March throughout April. Contact Southern Appalachian Anglers one to two months ahead of booking to claim your reservation as calendar bookings fill up quick.


Take out the short sleeves and shorts! May is the time of year when smallmouth bass fishing is hot and the trout fishing is even hotter! During the month of May you can expect temperatures starting in the mornings from 50°F climbing up to 75°F in the afternoons. Rain showers are common so pack a light rain jacket when you come for your fly fishing trip.

June & July

During the popular summer months Western North Carolina shines as a perfect climate. With temperatures floating in the 75°F – 90°F, if warm weather is your thing then come. While we still have thunderstorms and the occasional rain shower, humidity levels stay pretty low, unless you are in a valley. The rain allows our rivers to stay high enough to float, and run backcountry fly fishing trips on our mountain reservoirs.

August & September

September is a transition month. Temperatures will begin to drop into the 60’s on colder days. You can expect warmer days to be in the 70°F to 80°F range. This time of year fish will also feel the climate change and begin their annual fall patterns. If you are into fishing streamers and finding “nervous waters” then September is the month for you.

October & November

Expect colder temperatures in the mornings in October and November. Temperatures will get into the 40°F to 30°F on colder mornings, while climbing back up to the 70°F mark. A beautiful time of year to watch the leaves change. Mid October through the first of November is when WNC hits our fall foliage. Give us a call before booking your trip this time of year as we can provide insight to what week will be the peak season for leaves changing.