Floatin’ on a Fine Day – by Phil Smith

My good friend / client Phil sent me a very nice e-mail with the highlights from a smallie trip we did this summer.  It was a great day on the water for sure.  Hope you enjoy…………………….
Floated a mountain river with my brother and a friend on a fine day……
And cast flies in pretty places…….
And enjoyed the flow of the river……
 
Got our feet wet at times……
 
We caught pretty fishes…….
And hooked bigger fishes…..

That were strong and pulled hard……
And were brought to hand…..
 
Then released to fight again……
 
 
On another fine day…..
 
See ya!
 

Phil

Conditions are getting better and better….

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.

Another nice DH fish

Another nice DH 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.

Top Water Smallies!!!!

We are now booking trips for the 2012 smallie top water action.  Click here for booking info!

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.