Catawba River Tailrace Report Winter 2013/14

Its been a while since I have posted a fishing report on the blog. We focus most of our pictures and reports on Facebook these days. If you are not following us over there your missing out! Check us out at .

The Catawba river tailrace below lake James continues to improve and we are seeing more and more holdovers from past stockings! This means that the new minimum flow and dissolved O2 from the generators is improving the trout habitat down river. Dustin and I spent a couple of trips helping our amigo and fellow guide David Grossman with a story on the Catawba that will be featured in the Winter 2014 issue of Southern Culture on the Fly. We had the pleasure of boating the Catawba Tailrace in Dave’s Hog Island jet skiff! I really want one of these boats now!

Back to the fishing….. Streamers and tandem nymph rigs are still our go to rigs. The caddis hatch is around the corner. We are boating good numbers of fish on our trips. The key is to fish the conditions.

Shad eating Catawba brown!


That’s right…..we be jet boat’n the river!

Appalachian Fly Guides is the exclusive guide service for guided fly fishing float trips down the Catawba river tailrace below lake James! It is our home water, so we know it better than most. We focus our energy on the Catawba tailrace during the late Fall, Winter and Spring months. We usually leave her alone during the summer as water temps tend to creep up towards the uncomfortable range for trout during those months.

Give us a call at 828-446-5552, or email us at for info on our Catawba River Float Trips!


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Fly fishing guide on the Catawba River Tailrace!
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