Catawba River Tailrace 2015

Folks the Catawba Tailrace below lake James is still giving up the goods! The streamer and nymph bite was good all winter and as spring approaches the fishing should do nothing but get better. Caddis are here, so now is the time to book your trip. I am seeing more and more guide services frequenting the Catawba, this is a sign that the river is fishing well! Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the So Ho or Watauga, but she is worthy! I personally consider the Catawba a fall, winter, spring fishery because summer temps can push the upper edge of a trouts tolerance level. If you haven’t fished the Catawba River below lake James give us a call and come see what she has to offer!  Here is a nice holdover I caught on a streamer back in January. Full day float trips on the Catawba are $300.00 for 1 or 2 people! Appflyguides@yahoo.com or 828-446-5552



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Appalachian Fly Guides private water report January 2013

2014 has been a great year on our private water in northwest Ashe county. Despite Old Man Winter’s kung fu grip, we have been catching fish. The biggest factor for success is fishing the conditions, because the conditions have been less than ideal. We have dealt with ice, snow, rain, and wind. When the water temps drop, we look for fish in deep slow pools, and we concentrate on perfect drag free drifts. The fish will not move far to eat, so its crucial to make multiple drifts to ensure you hit the strike zone. Dustin and I have ran several trips with great success. Our clients are getting chances to sight fish some of our large rainbows, not to mention they are catching some really nice wild fish to boot. Fish are being caught on double nymph rigs and streamers.

If you have a case of cabin fever and don’t mind the cold give us a call and lets go fishing!

We are offering a winter time special on our private water and Catawba river tailrace float trips. Private water trips taken between now and March 1st are $300 for one person and $350 for 2 people. This includes a deli lunch and all necessary gear. In addition we are offering a float special on the Catawba river tailrace below lake James. Float trips are $300 per boat (1 or 2 people) and that includes a deli lunch and all necessary gear. Give us a call at 828-446-5552 or email us at appflyguides@yahoo.com to book a trip.

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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 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Appalachian-Fly-Guides/124600047612154 .

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 Appflyguides@yahoo.com for info on our Catawba River Float Trips!

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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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