The Catawba river tailwater below lake James is fishing well. For the past several days Duke Energy has been running one generator around the clock. It was time for a trip, so I hit the water with some friends for a full day float. We floated from the Watermill access to the Glen Alpine access. The black caddis are here in numbers. They hatched all day yesterday, however the fish were not keying on the adult caddis, so the topwater bite was sporadic. We managed some fish on dries, most of our fish were caught on nymphs and streamers. The nymph bite was strong in the morning followed by an afternoon streamer bite. We boated decent numbers with the biggest fish measuring just over 19 inches. Most of the fish we caught were stocked late last year. We did manage some nice resident fish as well.
The Catawba river is a recovering fishery, so if you fish it keep that in mind. Don’t expect epic days and huge fish on every cast. Somedays its down right tough. I will say the Catawba river tailwater below lake James is probably one of the prettiest rivers in the Southeast to float.
Appalachian Fly Guides is offering Catawba river float trips for those who have an interest in the river and its progress.
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