Around the Bend

Winter of 19

Another hot summer is in the books and now we have our winter months to look forward to. Here in western NC winter means many things, to us it means trout. After hammering smallies all summer and fall it’s time to chase trout for winter and spring.

As most of our followers already know we don’t float the main stream!! We will not get in a line at the boat ramp to begin your day, that’s just not our style. We pride ourselves in leaving the crowds behind. Don’t let winter get you down, join us for a great day on the water. This is the time of year for your better than average size trout and we just happen to know where to find em!

Spring of 18

After a wetter than normal winter our spring fishing is on fire!  The Caddis Hatch on the Catawba Tailrace is coming to an end but the brown trout are fat and looking for more!  We have had several great days with dry fly action all day long.  Casting dry flies to rising brown trout in March is hard to beat.

With the higher than normal water levels streamer fishing has been the ticket on many of our float trips.  If you haven’t chunked streamers to fat trout living in the heavy currents of our local river trout you are missing out.    chadbrownOur local trout bite will continue to stay hot through June, so if want chase big trout on our local rivers now is the time to get your trip booked.  Our smaller streams will continue to fish good through the heat of the summer during early morning and late afternoons.  Mid day action will slow as the waters get warmer and warmer but that means it’s Top Water SMALLIE TIME!!!!!!!

IMG_20140628_134524_076Around the bend…  Top water river smallies on size 4 poppers using 9ft 6wt flyrods!  Now is the time to get your top water smallie trip booked!  Our schedule is filling rapidly as we have developed a following of loyal clients that come back year after year.  These hard fighting river smallies are pound for pound the hardest fighting fish in freshwater.  Catching river smallies on top water poppers, in gin clear water, on the fly is something all fishermen need to experience.  Our self bailing whitewater rafts with custom oar frames installed are the perfect craft to chase these river smallies.  Come experience the best top water smallie action around, float a scenic remote section of a beautiful river and enjoy some mild whitewater action to boot!

Late 17 / Early 18

It’s been cold and wet to say the least here in WNC.  Our streams are flowing high and the outlook for a wet spring looks promising.  The winter trout bite has been solid but the colder than average weather has made it challenging to say the least.  When the temps do get above freezing the bite has been good.  We have been having good success throwing streamers (sz 4-8) on sink tip leaders slow rolling them through the deep / slower pools.

fatbrown3 Around the bend….  the Catawba River Tailrace Caddis Hatch is coming.  Late Feb / early March (weather dependent) will be the time.  If you want to experience the best dry fly action of the year here in WNC now is the time.  The brown caddis will blanket the river and as you can imagine everything will be fattening up.  The wood ducks will be working the eddies along the river banks, the trout will be rising like crazy from the riffles to the tailouts.  This is our best hatch of the year, don’t miss it!  Dress in layers, wear your waders, and you will not believe the amount of action you will experience all day long.


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