Smallmouth Bass Stream Report

UPDATED EVERY FRIDAY June 15, 2012

WATER CONDITIONS:  

Clear water, medium visibility.  Normal water level.  Water temperature varying in the upper 60′s and lower 70′s.

Water watch:

FLY SUGGESTIONS:  

Crawfish Patterns, Wiggle Minnows, Green and Black Streamers, poppers.

GENERAL INFORMATION:  

With the cooler than average June temperatures and good water conditions, the Smallmouth fishing is great right now.  Planning a fly fishing trip for trout or Smallmouth bass?  Let the professional fly fishing guides from Curtis Wright Outfitters take you there!

Floating ~vs~ Wading…

While great success can be had by wade fishing, floating is preferred by many as the most effective way to fish for Smallmouth in WNC.  Floating a river enables you to cover more water, at a faster rate, but requires more of a time commitment.  Wade fishing limits you to a smaller area, but requires less of a time commitment.  The most significant difference between wading and floating is, floating offers more opportunities to put your fly in front of fresh fish, in less time.  For instance, if you are wade fishing and you have either caught or spooked a few fish out of an area, its time to move on.  While some areas are easy to get around on foot, most are a little more time consuming and require a sure footing.  Much of the French Broad riverbed is made up of large boulders and rock ledges.  One minute you’ll be shin deep and the next you’ll be neck deep wishing you had left your phone in the car.  If you wear waders, consider using multiple wading belts, one chest high, and one at the waist.  The last thing you want is to go swimming and have your waders filling up with water.  Whether you fish by foot,
kayak, raft or other vessel, be safe out there!

 PROJECTED CONDITIONS:  

Temperatures are expected to reach the 80′s this week with scattered thunderstorms.

Keep an eye and an ear out for Cicadas this summer.  If they are present, you can be sure fish will be feeding on them.  Cicadas have been present in Tennessee already but none have been spotted on French Broad River yet.

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GEAR SUGGESTIONS:

waterdance e1338493563372 224x300 Smallmouth Bass Stream ReportRod: Fast Action comparable to Scott “S” Series rods 8’6”–9’ 6wt.

Leader: 9-12’ 3x-5x Florocarbon.  Option: Blue Sky furled leader.

Vest:  A vest with a work station and plenty of room for big flies.  Fishpond Waterdance or comparable.

Planning a fly fishing trip for trout or Smallmouth bass?  Let the professional fly fishing guides from Curtis Wright Outfitters take you there!