Summertime is officially here in Asheville, NC! Water levels are above average and conditions are great for fishing and enjoying the outdoors. We've noticed the fishing has been better than the previous two years and we anticipate the trend will continue. Here's a few highlights of what you can find on the water in the Asheville area.
Water temps are just now getting above 70 degrees with average to above average water levels compared to the 100yr. average. While spring has been hit or miss due to rainfall and blown out rivers, the fishing has been very good this year. Those windows of time when the river clears just enough before the next rain are gold. The fish know the rain is coming and they must feed while the livin' is easy. As summer continues and temperatures rise, fishing will start to slow down mid-day. Please consider practicing catch and release and keeping the fish wet. An 18" Smallmouth Bass takes 8-10yrs. to get that big. The top water bite is hot and fish are exploding on frog patterns and boogle bugs. Enjoy!
Sulfurs are hatching on the both the South Holston River & Watauga River, offering great dry fly fishing. Any time now the Japanese Beetles will start falling out of the trees. The Brown Trout will be there waiting and so will we. This event is a blast and offers both beginners and experts the opportunity to sight fish. These rivers fish well year round and boast a dense population of wild Brown Trout. Both rivers are most effectively fished from a driftboat as water levels change daily. Please use caution if you plan on wading and make sure you know the generation schedule.
WNC Delayed Harvest waters have opened as of June 3rd, so wade fishing just got a whole lot tougher. During summer months we recommend floating but if you prefer wading, we recommend going for wild trout in the higher elevation streams. This will take you away from the crowds and into to the wilderness where native Brook Trout aggressively rise to dry flies.
A few shots from recent trips...
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70 degrees and Fall is in the air! The fish are happy and hungry and flying out of the water. The leaves are already changing here in Asheville. The #Trout and #Smallmouthbass fishing is REALLY good right now and we are loving it. Here's a handful of highlights from the last week of guided trips... #wataugariver #southholstonriver #flyfishingasheville
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July was a good month. It was a hot, busy month on the water. While below average water levels and above average temperatures have made the Smallmouth Bass fishing challenging, the tailwaters in East Tennessee have been fishing great! Since the South Holston River and Watauga River are tailwaters (Rivers fed by a dam where the water comes from the bottom of the lake), they stay cold enough and flow enough for the fish to remain happy. We've been experiencing some extra happy fish this summer with the abundance of Japanese Beetles falling out of the trees. Both brown and rainbow trout are looking for them actively and the Big Brown Trout are on the prowl. The Beetles have been on for two or three weeks and we anticipate they will continue through August. If you want in on the action, give us a call! We still have a little availability in August, so book sooner than later!
Here's a few of July's highlights...
We've been busy guiding and making memories on the rivers of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Spring fishing has been great so far and its just getting started.
Thanks to all our recent guests for making our jobs fun!
Here's a few pictures from this weeks guided trips.
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Happy 4th of July! We are looking forward to watermelon, fireworks, homemade peach ice cream and good days on the water. Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend!
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FISHING REPORT for Western North Carolina and East Tennessee:
*So far, the Smallmouth Bass fishing this spring has been the best we’ve seen it in 2 years. The water temperatures have been above average, and there was no significant flooding that interfered with the spawn. The magic water temperature for the top water bite is around 70 degrees. Two rivers in this area reached that mark this week and sure enough, the top water bite was hot. We anticipate the top water action will be great until temperatures flatten out into the upper 80’s and 90’s. Then, mornings and evening will be best. If you are out there on your own, don’t forget to check the water temperatures, it will tell you a lot about what the fish are going to do.
*The tailwaters of East Tennessee are renowned as some of the best in the southeast. This reputation holds true, and especially this spring. Both the Watauga and South Holston River have been fishing great as significant hatches bring fish to the surface. The Dry fly fishing has been excellent this spring, but it doesn’t stop there. The Sulfurs on the South Holston River are just getting started, and the big fish come to the table. The “Soho” is undergoing more maintenance at the dam so we can expect irregular flows. If you go wading, don’t forget to check the generation schedules and flow arrival times, better safe than sorry. On the Watauga River, the Caddis hatches have been thick, with some of the best black Caddis hatches we’ve seen in years. Spinners and tan Caddis are currently working well on Watauga. Both these rivers fish great year round, but as summer sets in and water levels are low elsewhere, they offer some of the best fishing opportunities.
*The Tuckaseegee River (NC) is managed as a Delayed Harvest regulated river. Harvest opens June 6th. If you are interested in having a great numbers day and catching upwards of 40 fish, we recommend hitting it before June 15th. We don’t recommend the “Tuck” between June 15th and October 3rd, as the majority of the 20K pounds of fish will end up in someone’s freezer. We practice Catch and Release and encourage anglers everywhere to fish with a conscience.
*Wade trips on Delayed Harvest streams are winding to a close. While some streams get hit harder than others, many will be fished out by June 15. At that point, the Davidson River is a sure bet for Catch and Release anglers. For the angler who prefers the canopy of rhododendron and the intimate hunt, there are hundreds of miles of Backcountry streams that are home to beautiful, eager wild trout.