With all the rain we have had over the past two weeks the streams and rivers are finally getting back into great shape. Wilson Creek is getting gin clear and fishing incredibly! Keep in mind the delayed harvest is about to change over to catch and keep but we have two more weeks of the stream being stacked and packed with trout.
It’s been a great DH season with several days of our guests catching over 50 trout. Kind of sad to see it change over to catch and keep but this also marks the beginning of top water smallie action.
Catawba River tailrace below Lake James is finally getting back into shape after the multiple days of 2 plus inches of rain. The browns are aggressively feeding on black stone flies and every minnow in sight. Find pods of baitfish and you’ll find feeding trout within a few feet. During low water (recreational flows) we’ve had some good days using Elk Hair Caddis dry flies and beadhead early black stones. Once the generation starts it’s been all streamer action. Here’s a link to Duke Energy’s site for generation info.
Smallmouth bass are starting to hammer top water poppers and this is just the beginning. If you haven’t experienced top water river smallies you owe it to yourself to check it out.
We are now booking trips for the 2012 smallie top water action. Click here for booking info!