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.


Smallmouth Bass meeting in Asheville Thursday March 31

Posted this before but thought we would send out a quick reminder…

River Smallmouth Bass Angler Meeting
Do you like to river smallmouth bass fish in western North Carolina? If so, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) cordially invites you to attend a smallmouth bass angler meeting at the Biltmore church of Christ building in Asheville on Thursday, March 31st, 2011 at 7:00 PM.
Rivers and streams containing smallmouth bass provide important fishery resources for North Carolina anglers. Consequently, during 2007 the NCWRC began a 3-year study to obtain smallmouth bass data from rivers and streams in western North Carolina. Study objectives were to identify riverine smallmouth bass populations, collect life history information, and evaluate management opportunities. In three years, Commission fisheries biologists collected more than 2,800 smallmouth bass from 42 stream reaches.
At this meeting, you will be updated on findings of the NCWRC’s smallmouth bass research, which includes great smallmouth bass fisheries such as the French Broad, Little Tennessee, Tuckaseegee, Nolichucky, and Pigeon Rivers. Also, you will be introduced to other great smallmouth bass fisheries across the state; many of which may be surprising due to where they are located! Lastly, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to NCWRC fisheries biologists. Please note, this meeting is NOT a public hearing, but rather a time to share information about North Carolina river smallmouth bass resources, research findings, fishing experiences, upcoming regulation proposals, and to speak with NCWRC fisheries biologists.
This research has shown that North Carolina has many rivers and streams with good smallmouth bass populations. While some of these populations are well known by anglers, many may have been overlooked till now. Therefore, additional benefits of this work will be to provide anglers with more detailed information on where smallmouth bass fishing exists, as well as provide and promote angler access information to these valuable fisheries.
Directions to Biltmore church of Christ (823 Fairview Street Asheville, NC 28803) From I-40, take Exit 50 A (Hwy 25 South). Go approximately 0.6 miles and turn Left onto Fairview Road (at Province Restaurant sign). At the stop sign, go Straight for 0.1 miles. Biltmore church of Christ building will be on the Left.
For more information, please contact David Goodfred (NCWRC fisheries biologist) or 828-659-3324 ext. 227