More top water smallie action….

It’s been a hot summer and that means TOP WATER SMALLIES!!  Here’s a some pics from the past few weeks.

Glenn with a nice smallie

Happy Grandpaw with a nice smallie

Happy grandson with a nice top water smallie

I get to fish every now and then!

Catch, Photo and Release!

Father and son DOUBLE!!

Even the small fish fight well

Love those big smiles!

All of these fish were caught on top water poppers using 5 and 6 weight fly rods!  We still have a few days open and can accommodate up to 6 anglers per day.  Book your trip as soon as possible since summer will be over before you know it and the top water bite will be gone as well.  Here’s a quick link for your convenience…
BTW not everyday is ideal….  check out this happy family on a 3 boat float.

Some days are a bit rainy, this day was very WET!

Two Boat Trip with Carolina On The Fly Forum Members

When Dail aka Quailman first talked to me about doing a four person two boat trip back in February, May seemed awfully far away.  Well as the date got closer I could feel his excitement in every PM and e-mail.  His son Nick, friend and fellow COTF member Chanler aka Shallowskiff and his buddy Josh filled out the group.  With water levels being higher than average Chad and I opted for a longer float to allow them to see more of the river and with two boats we would be able to flip flop the lead boat.

At the put in the ribbing began with Chanler telling us how he was high maintenance but since Dail and Nick both smoked we split up the boats by smokers and non-smokers.  Good for me since Chad’s boat would have several more pounds for him to row. :-)

Unloading the double rigged trailer

Rafts loaded 2 high on double trailer

The day started out fairly slow but once the sun popped over the mountain the smallie began rising to our top water poppers.

Working the ledges

Working the ledges between mid river rocks

Josh with a nice top water smallie

Of course we had lots of ribbing from boat to boat and lunch was a side busting event with Chan and Nick deciding to take a swim in the cool river water.  BTW I took some pictures but I’m sure you don’t want to see them! :-)

Chad working the oars

Nice sandy beach for a lunch spot

Fished the top water poppers all day long with some slow periods and some very productive periods.  Didn’t catch any really big fish but Josh took the big fish of the day.

Josh missed a smaller fish, threw back and caught this nice bass

A great day on the water for sure!  Like most trips I got a little sun, joked a bit, worked the oars and had a great time.  Josh, Chanler, Dail and Nick are damn good fishermen and a true pleasure to spend a day on the water with.

Awesome Day On The Tuck

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