This week was a good week on the water, especially for March. From chasing brookies, bows and browns in Wilson Creek to stalking browns on the Catawba, getting to fish for trout in March is a true pleasure. Think of how many trout streams throughout the US are frozen solid!!
As usual the water was very clear and flowing at nice levels. Lots of bug activity throughout the mid day. From blue wing olives, to black stones and even a few grey caddis flying around.
Notice just how clear this water is. Keep this in mind as you make plans to fish Wilson Creek. Light tippet is a must!!!
Catawba River brown trout sure like our Catawba Bugger! As you can see the brownies are healthy and FAT!! Of course generation schedule is still a bit unpredictable but with our self bailing rafts we can float with or without generation.
Fat brownies hammering streamers and sipping elk hair caddis off the surface in the same day…. makes for a great time on the water!!!
Notice this is BIG water. We began seeing rises as soon as we hit the Special Regs water and continued to see them all the way to the take out.
Here’s a nice brownie the hammered a size 4 black Catawba Bugger. We had equal numbers of fish on the olive and black CB. Then we switched over to a size 14 Wilson Creek caddis and sight fished to rising fish.
Rising browns are sexy, I don’t care who you are! Who am I trying to fool?? Any browns willing to eat your fly is sexy!!
Thanks for reading, and please keep in mind Hatchery Supported Trout Streams are CLOSED from March 1st until the 1st Saturday April.
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