The catch and release portion of Delayed Harvest over until October, which means it’s time to chase smallies with top water poppers! The season is getting started with a BANG! Here’s a nice “double” from last weekend…..
Lots of healthy 12″ fish crushing the popper and the occasional bigger fish also. Here’s our guide Chad Stevens with a nice smallie from last weekend. These hard fighting river smallies are a blast on the fly rod.
Our guiding calendar is filling quickly so if you want to experience the thrill of chasing river smallies on the fly book your trip today!
We recommend 9ft 6wt fly rods with a good stiff 7-1/2ft 2 or 3x leader to battle these fish. Our recommendation for poppers is fairly simple… size 4 and 6 poppers in white, black and chartreuse is a great start. Here’s a link to our great popper selection.
We’re also booking trips on the Catawba River tailrace below Lake James for trout on the fly. The recreational flows being released from the dam are perfect for a great mix of dry fly and nymph action. From beginners to life time anglers the Catawba tailrace offers something for everyone.
Here’s a nice rainbow (mostly a brown trout fishery but the occasional bow mixed in) from a recent trip. This bow was a nice surprise since 99% of the fish we catch on the Catawba tailrace are brown trout. With the limited access to this river it’s very tough to wade fish. This is where our oar frame rigged rafts come into play. These rigs are the perfect vessel for navigating the shallow riffles along the way. With swivel seats in the front and rear, loaded cooler on board and anchor system as well as dry bags for your extra gear these boats provide a very comfortable way to access the river.
Here’s a picture of one of our rafts at the put in….