Jan 2011 Ezflyfish / Wilson Creek Outfitters Newsletter

Wilson Creek Outfitters

Happenings January 2011

In this issue:

Private Water Trout Fishing

Great Southern Fishing Show Atlanta, GA Feb 19-20, 2011

Tyers Corner

Shop Happenings

Floating the Catawba River Jan 2, 2011 by Scott Cunningham

Private Water Trout Fishing

Managed trout streams provide the visiting angler the opportunity to fish to above average size trout in a very private setting. These streams are managed with the health of the fisheries in mind. All flies must be barbless and modern Catch and Release styles nets are required to assure the proper release of these monsters.

We have access to the most covented private trophy streams in NC and southwestern VA.  Do keep in mind these streams are where dreams come to life.  With opportunities to catch 10 pound PLUS trout!!!!!  For more info check out Our Guide Page on EZFLYFISH

Great Southern Fishing Show

Atlanta, GA

Feb 19-20, 2011

We will be attending the Great Southern Fishing Show at the North Georgia Trade Center on Feb 19-20, 2011 and would like to invite all of our subscribers to attend.  Should be a great show with lots of exibitors.

Scott, our shop guide, will be doing two presentations on River Smallies On The Fly!

We’ll have a booth full of the latest equipment, books and gear you’ll need for the up coming season.  So stop by and say “Hello”.

EZ Coupon

Save 10% on your next order from EZFLYFISH.com

Just enter fishon11 in the coupon box at check out!

Tyers Corner

Just wanted to give all you tyers a heads up about the Tying Deals we have at Ezflyfish.  Most of our tying materials are available for volume discounts.  Mix and match colors, sizes etc for these discounts.  Take a look at our Tying Materials Page.

Also for even more savings we have issued a Tying Coupon.  To save an additional 15% just enter tying2011 in the coupon box at check out!

The fly tying on the third Thursday has been a big hit and we hope to continue getting more and more tiers to join us.  So if you are in town and want to join us, feel free to come on by.  BTW you are welcome to come by and just watch if you want.

Shop Happenings

Our end of year inventory is behind us and now it’s time to get working on all those “after the first of the year projects”.  We’re trying to firm up several dates for programs we’re offering this year.  We’ll have the schedule ready for next month’s newsletter.  Some programs we’ll be offering this year…  Flyfishing for trout 101 – An introduction to this wonderful sport.  River smallmouth on the fly – Tips and Tricks to catch more and bigger smallies. Just to name a few.

Our spring pre-season orders are beginning to show up.  And as you can imagine we need to make some room for the new gear.  Here’s a few items we’re offering on Close Out…

Simms Thermal Pro Fleece Gloves

Retail: $27.95   Your Price: $19.00

SAGE-Xi2, starting atRetail: $690.00Closeout SALE $499.00

Not new for this year but still selling very well is the Simms waist and

chest packs.  Check out these Water Proof Packs, click on the image for a link.

New shop hours for the winter..

Mon-Weds 10am to 2pm     Thurs-Fri 10am to 6pm

Floating the Catawba River Jan 2, 2011

by Scott Cunningham

After checking the phone message once a day for the past three weeks and all it said was “No recreational releases scheduled for the next three days” yet every time I drove over the river I noticed they were generating.  I then decided to check the new USGS gauge at Bridgewater, I quickly noticed several days in a row with one wheel running.  PERFECT, overcast skies, several days of generation and I had the itch for that familiar tug on the line!  Absolutely didn’t care it was January, I needed to not only fish but was also ready to float.  We dropped Chad’s oar frame raft at the put in and headed for the take out.  Once we arrived at the take out we found something we surely didn’t want to find…  a LOCKED gate!  I quickly began making a few calls and a few calls later I had the Glen Alpine Chief of Police on the phone offering to come unlock the gate for us.  Apparently the board voted to close the access for the first 3 months of the year.  Of course I kept his cell number for future reference.  Finally around 10 am we were on the water. BTW the Chief was super nice and very helpful.

First fish to hand about 500 yards into the 7.8 mile float was a solid 12-13″ colorful brownie.  Soon there after I starting noticing how the clouds were breaking up and the sun was breaking through.  Ummm nice warm sun on my face in early January.  Even though it felt great I would have preferred to keep the overcast skies.  Our first half of the trip was very typical for the Catawba Tailrace.  Several nice strikes at our streamers and a few of those fish brought to hand.  We always say 10 hits to 1 fish is a good ratio but today it was more like 4 to 1.  Unfortunately it wouldn’t stay like that.  As the skies cleared the winds picked up and the catching slowed to a very slow crawl. By mid day the wind was blowing what felt like 100 mph dead up stream.  And eventually Chad and I decided we had enough and began rowing towards the take out.

Finished the day out with 8 or 9 fish brought to hand (2 bows, the rest browns) and a few more released next to the boat.  Like always a few LDR’s (Long Distance Releases) also.

Technical info for those who care…

Size 4, 6 and 8 Catawba Buggers (fancy wooly buggers – look for the tying recipe coming to our site soon) in black and olive.  We decided early in the day to stay on the move and chunk big heavy streamers rather than slowing down to nymph fish.

River was running 1150 Cubic Feet per Second, 3.68 Feet on the USGS gauge. River was running very clear as usual.

Thanks for taking time to read our newsletter.  We sincerely appreciate your business and look forward to serving you in the future.

Walt and Scott

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