It has been a while since we have posted a fishing update on the site. Mostly because we have been fishing our tails off over here. Lots has happened since my last post.
The first order of business is the fishing! I will start with the home river the Catawba River Tailwater / Tailrace below lake James near Morganton, NC. We have experienced a rainy season comparable to some Central American country, so the Catawba has been hit or miss in regards to clarity. The fishing is decent given the conditions. On non generation the fish are being picked up on dry / dropper rigs, small streamers, and light nymph rigs. High water flows (we fish 1 generator only) change where the fish hold, so break out the sink tips and heavy nymph rigs. Don’t over look a foam terrestrial tossed tight to the bank. Remember the river is in recovery, de-barb your hooks, and practice catch and release. While we do run trips on the Catawba River Tailwater we try not to love it to death.
The Watauga River and South Holston in east Tennessee are fishing well. Most of our trips over there have been on the Watauga River near Elizabethton, TN.. Low water float trips have been the norm. The fish are keying on sulphurs, craneflies, bwo’s, midges, the occasional caddis and terrestrials. We have done well on dry / dropper rigs and light nymph rigs.
The high water sulphur action on the South Holston continues, however it can be hit or miss on the action. When the bugs aren’t popping we are fishing subsurface with good results. Dave has been running is new Jet Sled over there and our clients absolutely love it, especially since it allows us to motor up and down river at out leisure hitting the key spots.
WNC small streams have reaped the benefits of the abundant rainfall this summer, and the wild trout are more aggressive than ever. The dry fly action is non stop and it will continue into the fall. If you want solitude, small headwater streams are where its at. We are catching good numbers of fish on our trips.
The smallmouth action is consistent if you can catch the rivers when they aren’t blown out from rain. As always the topwater bite is on!
The Carp fishing on area lakes and rivers is outstanding. We are getting consistent shots mudding / tailing fish. The best fishing has been in the morning until lunch and then the afternoon starting around 4 until dark. However we are catching them in the middle of the day, they are just more wary due to the high sun. If you are looking to tangle with carp on the fly give us a call.
Appalachian Fly Guides will be adding a new guide in the very near future. Dustin Coffey a local small stream guru will be joining the team. Dustin is a local who grew up fishing the headwater streams in the Pisgah National Forest and the Catawba River Tailrace below Lake James. Dustin is one fishy guy!
Not to speculate too much, but there is a strong possibility AFG will be leasing the fishing rights to 2 plus miles of trout water located on private land in WNC. If all goes well we will elaborate more in the next couple weeks.
If you want to go fishing, give us a call, we can accommodate in almost any situation.