Delayed Harvest is here – stocking this week!

Delayed Harvest streams will be stocked this week!  Here’s a list of some of the local DH streams and their stocking dates.

COUNTY               STREAM               OCTOBER              NOVEMBER

Burke                   Jacob Fork                    3                                   2
Caldwell               Wilson Creek                2                                   2
McDowell             Curtis Creek                 3                                   5
McDowell             Mill Creek                      3                                   5
McDowell             Catawba River             4                                    6

If you are not familiar with Delayed Harvest regulations here’s what the NC Wildlife Resource Commission has to say…..

Brook, brown and rainbow trout require cold, clean water and are therefore generally restricted to mountain streams and lakes.  Those mountain waters that support trout and
are open to public fishing are designated as “Public Mountain Trout Waters” by the Wildlife
Resources Commission and are man aged for public trout fishing. A significant amount of
trout fishing opportunities in western North Carolina are located on private property. These
landowners have generously allowed for public access for fishing. Please respect their property. Your cooperation is needed to protect fishing opportunities for future generations.
The Commission conspicuously marks Public Mountain Trout Waters with regulation signs
that indicate locations for public access. When anglers encounter “posted against trespass” signs along these designated sections on private lands, they should respect the property owner’s rights and choose another location along that stream to fish. Maps of trout waters and their classifications may be viewed at ncwildlife.org under the link for Fishing at the top of the page.

Top Water Smallmouth Bass and Trout Too On The Fly!!

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….

So as you can see we have some great options.  From trout to smallies, from Morganton throughout the mountains of western North Carolina our guests are sure to have a great day of fishing.