Awesome day on the water!

Gotta love top water smallies on the fly!!

Didn’t catch any huge fish, didn’t catch a huge numbers of fish but had a great day on the water. My client Carl is a super guy and the first time we fished, his friend Wayne joined us. Wayne passed away this summer so this trip was about remembering Wayne! Carl even decided to give up the wacky worm on his spinning rod and give fly fishing a try. Wayne was a huge fly fishermen, fly tier and gave Carl a hard time about not fly fishing.

Carl fished the fly all day long! In fact we went retro.. Carl fished a classic St. Croix 6wt glass rod with some old reel I had never seen. The slow glass rod caused us some missed fish, bad casts and even a few “wind knots” but over all it preformed well. Flinging top water poppers on a retro outfit was pretty darn cool.

Tomorrow off to the Catawba with Jim from Hendersonville. Jim has fished with several times before and I just can’t get him to understand that the Catawba tailrace is a brown trout fishery. He catches some brown but his big fish always seems to be a big bow. Hope he wears out some big browns tomorrow with no generation planned.