Well it’s mid July and the weather has been crazy here in western NC. From 90+ degree weather and then a solid week of rain to follow. Looks like the weather is beginning to straighten out and the great fishing will follow. Before the rains of last week the fishing was very good to great! From the Catawba tailrace for trout to the local warm water rivers for smallmouth bass the catching has been “solid” to say the least.
Catawba tailrace…… during minimum flows (140 cfs) the nymph bite has been ON! Black stone flies (sz 10) trailed by a pheasant tail (sz 14-16) has been a great “goto” rig. From the eddy below mid river boulders to the deep run below the riffles the trout are very willing to eat your fly! These fish are so use to the higher flows they tend to hang in areas that provide shelter with or without generation. During generation (1500 cfs) the streamer bite has been very good and should only get better. Our Catawba Buggers have been very effective for trout and here’s a nice striper I caught while streamer fishing a few weeks back… btw we were trout fishing with 9ft 5weights.
Smallmouth Bass on the fly report…. the smallies have been hammering the top water poppers whenever the water has 2 or more feet of visibility. Size 4 and 6′s, plopped down and drifted have been the ticket.
We still have a few dates available for August, book your trip as soon as possible to assure your date is open. Here’s a quick link for your convenience.