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September /October /November 2019 FISHING REPORTS
9-2-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Bob and Ryan Stanford, Greensboro, NC, tailwater wade trip, we opted to sans the boat and wade fish and had a banner day. Was there bright and early, real early, first in the water. First light and early fishing in Sept, the low and clear season, pays big dividends. And it did today. We had great fishing, no hatches to speak of, but that is ok. We ripped ’em sightfishing with micro flies….some of my favorite fishing. Bob’s son Ryan had a banner day first time fly fishing. He landed over 35 fish of his own, a nice mix of browns and rainbows up to 16″ Had a two footer on that came off. But Ryan fought it well on the skinny 6X, which you have to fish where we were to score any in the low , clear Sept flows. It was great though…..an absolute banner day and the weather was excellent as well. Bob did well also, probably catching as many or more than Ryan, including some on dries. I didn’t keep count, but easily a 75 to 80 fish outing. September is a great low water sight fishing month…..if we don’t get a lot of rain, the tribs to larger rivers are low and down to a trickle…..you get a calm day you can see a ton of fish if you hone the game of knowing how and where to look. Terrestrial action is good too, now is the season for ant patterns. If you ain’t got em, get em. They can be killer in the low water this time of year. You want a piece of this action? Now is a great time to get in on it. Low water early to early afternoon, floating late in the day. Either, or, or both. You choice. Great day, here are some pics….
HURRICANE INFO…… Storm will NOT put the fish down in the high country…. right now the projected time period of influence on our coastal NC weather is sometime around Thurs/Fri. Minimal if any effects are expected in East TN and NW NC. We will be fishing if we have trips…..and fishing if we don’t! Fishing last year was excellent here during the ‘hurricane’ times. Fishing was so bad last year in the time the storms passed over that we ended up catching a bunch of fish like this. Man, it was bad….
9-4-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Paul Wagner, Pete Bromley, Madison, NC, smallmouth float, great weather, cool morning, we did a 6 mile float on the New and had great conditions, low flows but rising water, lots of action, I didn’t keep count but my guess is we got close to triple digits…..lots of fish, up to 14″, caught them pretty much on everything…. we had cool weather early but then the heat set in and we hit 90F on the river…didn’t affect the fishing though, as we hammered fish right through. Had one musky near the boat early in the float, that was it……just saw one. We don’t typically target them until it cools off as catching one in the late summer heat isn’t great for the fish……so we usually avoid fishing for them. Have caught them before on smallmouth stuff though, as many have, but today it was smalljaws, a few redbreast and a redeye or two. Great day, here are some pics…..
9-5-2019 FISHING REPORT – preps for fall trips, website maintenance, online store maintenance, gearing up for fall season which is right at our door…..lots to do for that.
9-6-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Ted Linczak, Summerville, SC, tailwater float trip, I recall saying it was going to be a great fall….. its right before us and the past week has been great….Ted left Charleston and Hurricane Dorian and made the drive up to get in a float trip and it paid off. We floated full generation on the South Holston and had a great day, putting in just after lunch and fishing til dark. Light river traffic for a Friday, we culled through some quality fish, probably landing 30 or so, to get the few really good ones we wanted. One of those “really good ones” would be a lifetime fish for most people. We put several quality upper teens to low 20s’ browns and one “lifetime fish”…..the big guy came near the end from a deep river ledge that always holds some tanks. Upon hookup we first thought the fish was a striper, which are common here in summer where we were floating. But it would prove to be a stud brown, and one of the largest of the year and certainly the largest one in the boat in a while. A massive bodied resident brown, or in better terms, the harder ones to fool than some of the other large browns in the river that are migratory lake run browns. That is what makes it all the more incredible. The alligator like fish was mid 30’s in terms of length and probably around 13-14 pounds based on length and girth. There were a lot of wo hoos and high fives on this one…. we fished through, catching a couple more fish and then calling it a day pulling into the takeout at O’dark thirty. Here are some pics….
9-7-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Gregg & Zach Williamson, Greensboro, NC, Va smallmouth float, I think I had also mentioned that the smallmouth fishing would be great with the flows we are having and dry weather, and that with no real end in sight it might stay that way…….what way is that? Great, that is what way. I met Gregg and Zach late morning on Saturday and we opted for a later start followed by fishing later and that paid off….very light river traffic and outstanding fishing, even with a mild cold front that passed through mid morning. We floated a six mile section of the New and did very well, probably boating over 80 fish. Zach absolutely smoked them, and great worked em over good as well. Lots of subsurface action followed by several fish on top in several places where they were rising/sipping. It was great, absolutely fantastic day….the fishing, the fellowship, the weather, it was all over the top. Here are some pics of our day…..
9-10-2019 FISHING REPORT – Getting ready to give you the “skinny” with a video fishing report….will be done soon. Will post today or tommorrow. Been busier than a one arm wallpaper hanger working through a pile of fly orders , website edits, and a ton of other stuff from Aug and early Sept. Been doing some site maintenance so certain pages may not work perfectly occasionally, but should be done soon. Also, lots of trips being booked , Sept is full, the other fall months will soon follow and before you know it it will be Christmas and New Years. Our Wyoming 2020 trips booking up as well…….. I expect they will be soon full.
9-11-2019 FISHING REPORT – More of the same catch up, continued…….plus preparing for a lot of upcoming trips.
9-12-2019 FISHING REPORT– Guided Trip, Ben Keller, Bob Manning , Greensboro, NC, TN tailwater trip, we did two floats , a low water float, followed by a high water float…early morning fishing was excellent on low water, which has been the case for a while, and which is nothing unusual….it should be that way. And it was, we had a great morning boating probably 30 -35 fish or so on a variety of small patterns and also on dry flies. Lots of sipping fish and it was fun to watch Ben and Bob pick them off. Early afternoon we took the boat out and headed to a different stretch of river and did a high water float and fished all the way til dusk. Put a good many fish in the boat nymphing , probably 25 or so, then several more on streamers all the way to our takeout. It was a very nice day, cool early, sun though and warm later in the day as it got up to around 90F. Great fishing though, always great to spend it with Ben and Bob…. great guys and longtime clients. Here are some pics of our day….
9-16-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Miles & Kelly Barefoot, High Point, NC, TN tailwaters, met Miles and Kelly in Boone and made the short jaunt over the hill to do a tailwater wade trip. We had superb weather, cool early, light to no wind, warm in the afternoon. Up to around 91F in fact, but with the lack of summer humidity it felt pretty good wading the chilly flows. We had exellent fishing….the sight fishing and dry dropper fishing has been nothing short of fantastic. Large numbers of fish, shots at large fish, dry dropper fishing by sight and also some dry fly action to be had. Midges, bwos, and terrestrials are all on the menu…..midges, scuds and smaller mayfly patterns (non beaded ones in particular dropped off a weighted fly) are doing it big time…..killing them. We wade fished one long stretch of river, caught probably 30-40 or so, then when the water rose on us we headed down to another spot where we had lunch then nailed some more nice fish, probably a dozen or so, then when the water rose on us again we headed down to one last spot and caught a couple fish to end the day…..included in that a rainbow of around 20 inches that came off. Awesome day though, ton of fish caught. Oct and Nov I have openings and I suspect they will fill really quick based upon this entire year. Its been a banner year……and this fall is going to be great….. Here are some pics….
9-18-2019 FISHING REPORT – doing some r & d on some new fly patterns…… testing some new tailwater stuff and smallmouth stuff……lots of new flies in the pipeline. Will be doing some catch up also on a lot of stuff, both guide business and fly tying have been booming…….
FALL FLY FISHING SCHOOL….. We are teaching/ doing another Fly Fishing School with our friends at Great Outdoor Provision Company in Greensboro in October. Store Manager Rob Arends and I will do the class at Haw River State Park.
Fly Fishing Class | Greensboro @ The Summit Center @ Haw River State Park
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
A very comprehensive one day course for 8 students. We’ve packed a lot of information into an 8 hour day, including: casting, knots, equipment, fishing strategies and fly selection, for coldwater, warmwater and saltwater species. Beginners can expect to learn the skills that will allow them to catch fish on their own, and intermediate level fly fishers can advance their casting skills and fill in some holes in their technical knowledge. We provide all equipment & materials, as well as lunch and drinks. Just bring a willingness to have fun and learn, but register early, they fill up fast.
The “Fox Den” Meeting Room of
The Summit at Haw River State Park
339 Conference Center Dr.
Brown Summit, NC, 27214
TO SIGN UP FOR THE CLASS OR PURCHASE YOUR SLOT VISIT THE EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE …….>>>>>> SIGN ME UP!
9-21-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, JT Pope, Rose Hill, NC, TN tailwaters…..doing a day working with JT learning to row his new driftboat….will be showing him the ropes on all aspects of rowing, fishing, etc…. Bought a driftboat, or have a friend who has one? I also do trips showing folks how to row and safely operate a driftboat.
Had a nice day doing some rowing w JT, we had great weather, floated about 10 miles , a “quick float” because it was more about rowing than fishing , although we did do some fishing on and off and caught several browns slinging big stuff. We put in shortly after lunch and we finished by dark.
9-23-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Pat Burney, Greensboro, NC, TN tailwaters, great weather day, simply outstanding fishing, we wade fished both tailwaters South Holston and Watauga and had an outstanding day and caught a ton of fish…..a good mix of browns and rainbows to 17″, mostly tiny stuff, all nymphing…..long leaders, skinny tippet, tiny flies, and loooonnnnnnnggggggg drifts. I didn’t keep count of fish caught but it was north of 50. Short report as in late and out early again tomorrow…..here are a few pics…
9-24-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, David Slaydon, Reidsville, NC, New R smallmouth, David and his longtime friend Guy met me in Wytheville bright and early and we did a 7 mile float on the New River….slow to post the report, things have never been busier and I am finding it hard to stay caught up! The dry weather – – -low clear flows, warm weather, no rain, super low water – – – has produced some of the best fishing in a very long time. We saw a gazillion bazillion million nice smallies plus caught a bunch too. Really fun when you can sight cast to them. Also saw probably the largest bass I’ve ever seen in the New today….a fish that was 25-26″ roughly and probably 7.5 to 8.5 lbs ….. When we started early it was super windy…..actually that is an understatement. The river where we fished is huge and the wind blew whitecaps up stream against the flow. Tough fishing early but we stuck with it and grinded and grinded til we had had a good day. We caught several dozen smallies, including some good ones, including Dave’s fish….a 19-20″ fish that was heavy. Weather pattern is holding and this will continue for some time until we get some flow altering rain. Great day, here are a few pics….
9-25-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Ted Linczak, Summerville, SC, we did a 12 mile tailwater float, it was a fantastic weather day….great start with cool morning temps followed by warm later but the humidity was non existent which made for a very nice weather day. We had bright bluebird skies….. the trees are looking like fall even with the continued warm weather. One interesting note ….the leaves begin turning with the change in daylight associated with change of seasons….doesn’t have to do with temperatures its more the result of changing light angle and intensity which tells the tree winter is coming. The changing light causes the chorophyll (makes them green) to cease being produced which causes the leaves to begin turning. Normally, a lack of rain helps make more vibrant color. That being said, barring any heavy rain it should be one of the prettiest fall seasons we have had in recent memory. As far as fishing, the fishing continues to be excellent. Water is as clear as I have ever seen it, with no rain and tribs to a trickle or nothing the main river will be as clear as can be. Also, it stays that way even with generation, particularly the upper river. Absolute alcohol or gin clear. Some parts of river you could actually sight cast to fish on high water. We did well, with Ted boating probably 75 fish with several really good ones ….including one beast that we got 10 minutes into our day. We fished til dusk….had a characteristic midday lull but picked up in the afternoon again and was outstanding. Here are some pics…..
9-27-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, Lynn Roloff , Greensboro, NC, TN tailwater wade/float, we had a great day, cool early and cloudy and lots of sipping fish, we caught some on dry flies then as the sun came up we switched to a light micro nymph dry/dropper setup. We had outstanding fishing and caught a pile of fish sight nymphing……including some real quality fish. Temps eventually got quite warm, upper 80s in fact…but it was a nice day as it wasn’t very humid. And when you are hammering fish you aren’t thinking about it much. We did an afternoon float and ended up hammering a bunch more , with some quality fish there too….we caught a bunch nymphing and hit some risers in a few spots and caught some fish on dry flies. It was great….outstanding day for sure…a ton of fish caught. Lynn did a great job. Here are some pics….
9-28-2019 FISHING REPORT – Guided Trip, David Keller,John Kirkwood, Winston-Salem, NC , Boone, NC, TN tailwater wade trip….we got on it bright and early and ended up hammering some quality fish sight fishing and it was great. Continued dry conditions have us continuing to find nearly unlimited sight fishing opportunities, something I love to do. It has been outstanding, and today was no different. Lots of quality fish with David getting the prize of the day, an 18″ brown. Good mix of browns and rainbows and used mostly dry/dropper rigs all day. It was fantastic….we fished one long stretch in the morning then midday hit another short stretch and hammered a bunch of rainbows. Great day……beginning to sound like a repeat but hey, its been great. Hard to imagine better sightfishing with long leaders, skinny tippet , and small flies. Here are some pics…