WOW it’s mid August and the local streams / rivers are FULL of water???? Call it El Nino or whatever you will but we’ll take it. While most of the country is battling drought conditions, our streams are full and we’re chasing everything that will eat a fly! From trout to bass to catfish to carp many incredible opportunities are waiting for the fly.
With heavy rains of course sometimes the streams/river get cloudy or worse MUDDY!. Part of the challenge is finding where the rains have fallen and just how much. Thought we would share a few links that we keep a close eye on …. NOAA Automated Flood Warning System which is updated every fifteen minutes and local USGS River Gauges are also a big help. These links should help you determine where the rain fell, just how much and what effect it has on the local streams. Remember sometime you need to forget about hitting your favorite stream and fish the water that provides the best opportunity to get your rod bent.
Here in Morganton, NC we are very fortunate in that we always (well nearly always) have clear water to fish. Of course sometime you must change the species you are going after but that is part of the challenge and that’s one of the reason many of us enjoy throwing the fly so much…. the Challenge!! To many fly flingers the number of species on the fly is a major part of the challenge. In fact Lefty’s newest book, 101 Fish – A Fly Fisher’s Life List is pretty much Lefty’s 101 fish stories about his most memorable fly caught fish. So chasing other species on the fly is not a sin…. how many species have you caught on the fly?
Found this beautiful rainbow in a gin clear stream the day after a huge front / rain storm moved through. Of course if we told you where we would have to shoot you! Hope you understand. Of course you can always head up higher in the hills to find clear water. But as we all know head water streams require a unique level of patience and not to mention the hard work to get from hole to hole. “Bluelines” as they are commonly called very seldom get dirty but sure can get swift.
Sometime our only option to fish moving water is local tailraces below dams. Typically tailraces stay clear unless something crazy is going on in the lake. So next time the rain messes up your plans to go fishing, don’t give in to spouse pressure and stay home GO FISHING!! We are not responsible for any harm this post may cause you!
We just added many new items to the Clearance Page from Fishpond Luggage, Vests, Backpacks, Flyboxes etc to several Simms and Sage Packs and Bags.
Remember orders over $99 ship free!!!!!
Once again we have decided to offer our annual Trout Fly Fishin Camp on the banks of Wilson Creek. This will be a full day camp with seminars for the beginning flyrodder to the flyflinger who wants to hone up their skills. This camp is open for anglers (both male and female) from age 16 and up, for those anglers under 16 we’ll be offering a youth camp later in the season.
This year’s Trout Fly Fishin Camp will be Saturday October 15th. As with all of our camps we will be break the camp into 3 parts..
Trout Fly Fishin 101 – for those anglers new to the sport ($150 for first person $50.00 for second person)
2 part program – Intro to Flyfishing and Casting for the morning session, lunch break and then On Stream Tips and Tactics in the afternoon.
Trout Fly Fishin 201 – for those anglers still struggling with getting the basics down ($150 for first person $50.00 for second person)
2 part program – Casting and fishing dynamics for the morning session, lunch break and then On Stream Tips and Tactics in the afternoon.
Trout Fly Fishin 301 – for those anglers wanting to move to the next level ($125 per person)
1 part program – On Stream Tips and Tricks in the afternoon.
WCO will provide our professional guides to work with you throughout the day. We will also provide a group picnic lunch, waters and snacks. We will not provide equipment, of course we’ll be happy to make recommendations. All guests must provide their own wading gear, rod, reel, leaders and tippet. We’ll be happy to provide a list of recommended gear for all camp guests.
To sign up click here! Keep in mind we only have a few slots open and they will fill quickly.
The new Simms Surf Trunks are in and they are cool to say the least. Well apparently they are HOT too because they are getting tough for us to get.
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We have spent several hours checking inventories and have decided to cut the price on several items to help you get ready for the season and to create some room in the shop. Be sure to also check the coupon at the bottom of the newsletter for additional savings.
All Sage, G-Loomis and Simms T-shirts on sale!
For more info check out our latest newsletter
Walt and Scott
Spring is Near
This is a great time of the year to get your gear ready for the up coming fishing season. Don’t get broke off by that fish of a lifetime using old leaders and tippet. Tippet and Leaders get old and brittle, now is a great time to replace your leaders and tippet spools.
Summer 2011 Smallmouth Bass 2 Boat Float Trip
This trip is for 3-4 anglers who want to get away from it all. We’ll float 7-8 miles on a remote river in western NC, stopping for streamside lunch along the way. This area is so remote we only float it when we have two boats just for added safety. 4 miles of this float you will not even see a house!! Truly backcountry fishing with very little pressure. This is where the big smallmouth bass live!!!!
This trip must be booked prior to April 1st, 2011
Spring Lodging / Guide Trip Specials
With our outpost fly shop on the banks of Wilson Creek at Brown Mountain Beach Resort. We are now offering Lodging / Guide Trip Packages on our Private Trophy Trout Stream and wanted to let you know about them.
Two Nights and one Full Day Guided Fly Fishing Trip on our Private Trophy Trout Stream Special
Two nights at one of our cabins at Brown Mountain Beach Resort on the banks of Wilson Creek, and one full day guided fly fishing trip for two anglers on our Private Trophy Trout Stream. Flies are included and rental gear is available. Streamside picnic lunch is included on all full day trips.
Two Angler, Two Night Special $600
One Night and one Full Day Guided Fly Fishing Trip on our Private Trophy Trout Stream Special
One night at one of our cabins at Brown Mountain Beach Resort on the banks of Wilson Creek, and one full day guided fly fishing trip for two anglers on our Private Trophy Trout Stream. Flies are included and rental gear is available.
Streamside picnic lunch is included on all full day trips.
Two Angler, One Night Special $450
Close Out Specials
We are ready to clear out our winter selections and this means big savings for you. Check out our Clearance Page for a complete listing. EZ Close Outs Remember to check back often since we update these pages weekly.
Great Southern Fishing Expo
We’ll be exhibiting at the Great Southern Fishing Show in Atlanta on Feb 19-20 Stop by as say hello if you get a chance!
Some new items to checkout