Fall is in the Air

Fall has arrived in Western North Carolina! Fish are getting active and we are seeing some good days on the water. Fellow guide Dustin Coffey has joined the AFG team. Dustin brings a wealth of small stream knowledge and big fish karma! Wilson Creek delayed harvest will be kicking up in a couple of weeks as well.

The Catawba River Tailrace below lake James is shaping up for some good fall fishing. The Watauga River in Elizabethton Tennessee continues to produce good numbers and she has been our go to for fall float trips. Carp are still up on the flats and consistent sight fishing should continue into Nov. Small headwater streams are fishing lights out due to favorable late season flows.

If you are in the area this fall and are interested in a guided fly fishing trip give us a call 828-446-5552. We are close to Asheville NC, Boone NC, West Jefferson NC, Spruce Pine NC, Newland NC, Blowing Rock NC, Charlotte NC, Greensboro NC, Raleigh NC, and Johnson City TN to name a few.

Here are some pictures from recent trips.

 
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Catawba River Tailrace Fishing Report September 2012

Its been a little less than a year since the Duke Energy cranked up the new power station and established the new minimum flow on the Catawba River Tailrace below lake James. In that time I have witnessed the growth of a new fishery. While its still unknown as to how it will progress, one thing is certain it is fishing better than it has in years. With that being said, she still has a way to go. Fish that were stocked last November are still around and they are getting fatter.

Low water float trips on the Catawba River tailrace below lake James have been a great time to experience some late season terrestrial fishing. We have had good success with hopper dropper rigs. Sure you can catch more fish watching an indicator or stripping a bugger, but nothing beats a topwater eat IMO. The fishing will continue to get better as the weather cools. Fall is a great time to fish the Catawba Tailrace (Tailwater) below lake James.

Here are some photos of a Catawba River Slam from the other day.

As the warm water fishing season winds down we will be shifting focus to Catawba River float trips. If you are interested in fishing the Catawba River Tailrace Give us a call at 828-446-5552.

 

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What’s Happening

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.

Fishing Report

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.

Other News

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.

Ryan

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Guided Carp on the Fly Trips

We are now offering guided carp trips! For more info check out our Carp on the Fly page (click “Carp on the Fly above)

Half-day trips (4 hours) $250.00

3/4-day trips (6 hours) $300.00

Give us a call 828-446-5552

Ryan

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Catawba River Tailrace Report 4-29-12

Fellow guide and friend Dustin Coffey had a great float trip on the Catawba River Tailrace below lake James today! Dustin had a last minute cancellation, so he decided to take his family and hit the river. While throwing streamers on high water Dustin bagged this nice holdover brown trout! The Catawba River Tailrace has been fishing well, so now is the time to book a float trip and see what the river has to offer. Appalachian Fly Guides 828-446-5552, or Appflyguides@yahoo.com.

Guide Dustin Coffey with a nice Catawba River Tailrace Brown Trout!

Ryan

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S.C.O.F. No.3

http://southerncultureonthefly.com/scof_spring2012.html

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Watauga River Tailwater March-April 2012

Dave and I  have been spending a lot of time on the water this Spring. One of our favorite places to guide is the Watauga River Tailwater in east Tennessee. The bugs are here and the fish have their feed bags on. The fishing will only continue to get better. If you haven’t experienced the great fishing in East Tennessee, now is the time to book a trip. Not to mention the beetle bite is around the corner! Give us a call 828-446-5552 or drop us an email Appflyguides@yahoo.com.

Ryan

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Early Season Carp on the Fly

Early spring like weather means the carp are up earlier than usual. I hit the lake today for some early season carp on the fly. My friend Chris bagged a nice mirror carp as well!

First Carp of 2012!

Can you say Hoover?

Chris with a nice mirror carp!

If you have an interest in chasing carp on the fly, give us a call. 828-446-5552

Ryan

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Watauga River Fishing Report 3-12-12

Hello all, I am the other partner in Appalachian Fly Guides, David Grossman. You might know me from such educational films as, How to Bail A Boat With Nothing More Than A Water Bottle, and How to Untangle A Knot While Looking Good Doing It. All joking aside folks, I’m really excited to join Ryan this year in our new guide venture and look forward to meeting a lot of you in the near future to show you why we think E. TN/WNC is one of the most special places to fish in the entire country. Now down to the fishing! Got out yesterday on the Watauga tailwater outside of Elizabethton TN, and while the fishing wasn’t great as far as numbers of fish go, the BIG fish bite was definitely on. Fish were eating mostly emergers, both midge and Blue Wing Olive, and they really seemed to want the fly on the swing. We broke off a couple of 18” plus fish at the boat but in the end we got the one that counted, all 21” of hooked jaw yellow bellied goodness.

 

If you want a shot at the big boys, now is the time to take it, so give us a call and let’s go alligator hunting. Appalachian Fly Guides 828-446-5552 or Appflyguides@yahoo.com.

 

– Dave Grossman

 

 

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Catawba River Tailwater Report 3-11-12

I spent the day floating the Catawba river below lake James with my good friend Jamey. The fishing was steady throughout the day with some nicer holdover fish in the mix. There was a mix off caddis, mayflies, and midges in the air. Fish were feeding on top, but the subsurface bite yielded more fish. I even managed a nice bass. The fish that the NCWRC stocked last year are spread out and doing well. If you fish the Catawba river below lake James, make sure to de-barb your hooks, and remember the section from Bridgewater to Muddy creek is under Hatchery Supported Regs, which means it is closed to fishing until the first Sat. in April.

This is why I love brown trout, they have no off switch!

 Give us a call (828-446-5552) if you are interested in a Catawba river float trip.

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