With the incredible weather this weekend and a postponed guide trip, Chad and I just couldn’t resist heading over to the Tuck for a long day of streamer fishing. We invited a friend that is new to fly fishing and a virgin to float fishing to join us and was hoping to show him “One of those days”!!
After passing a drift boat on the road and having another drift boat show up at the put in within a minute of us arriving I started to worry it was going to be a circus on the river. After a little bs’ing we let the drift boat have the lead and pulled out into the river to give them a chance to head down the river. I was committed to throwing streamers so much so I only brought my streamer box and planned on bumming tippet and lead if needed.
The day actually started a little slow but it didn’t take too long for the the fishing and air temps to warm up. But as the fishing picked up the clouds thickened and then the wind began to blow. GREAT just what we needed the dreaded wind, thankfully it didn’t stay around although it blew from time to time all day long.
From beginning to end of the day we fished streamers. Chad and Travis both threw olive and white streamers but both of them came back around to the ways of the Black Catawba Bugger.
Like most streamer days we missed many fish, lost several after a few seconds of the fight, lost many next to the boat but as you can see landed several nice fish. Also managed a smallmouth which has become a tradition of mine for some reason. We opted for the long float and near the normal takeout (1/2 way for us) we passed the drift boat that was ahead of us. This fattie brown came just downstream of where they were anchored.
Other than that we saw a guide wade fishing two clients, pretty much felt like we had the river to ourselves. Since the dam at Dillsboro was removed we have been taking advantage of floating the lower section of the DH stretch. Lots of big fish down here just waiting for our offerings.
This hot action should continue through the end of May when the DH season changes over to Catch and Keep.
We offer these streamer float trips for intermediate to above average casters only. We can also offer shorter float trip fishing nymphs and some dry flies for those folks not ready to throw big heavy streamers.
We’ve decided to offer a two boat special (up to 4 anglers) for $750. Like all of our float trips we’ll take care of the flies, lunches and beverages.
Link to our guide service page