Smallmouth Bass Stream Report

UPDATED EVERY FRIDAY July 6, 2012

WATER CONDITIONS:  

Clear water, 2′-3′ visibility.  Below average water level.  Water temperature varying in the  70′s.

Water watch:

FLY SUGGESTIONS:  

Rust colored Crawfish Patterns, Wiggle Minnows, White and Black Streamers, Poppers.

GENERAL INFORMATION:  

If you are planning on floating the French Broad River for Smallmouth Bass,  be aware that the river has a very limited supply of maintained boat ramps.  Most of the access involves dropping the boat off the trailer and dragging it down the bank.   Many of the “Take-outs” require four wheel drive and a long winch strap.
The Smallmouth are turned on and feeding more consistently this week.  With less rain in our forecast, the water level has been steady and clear.  Crawfish patterns are working well.  The fish in this photo had a three inch long live crawfish halfway down its throat when we caught it.  Hungry fella!
Planning a fly fishing trip for trout or Smallmouth bass?  Let the professional fly fishing guides from Curtis Wright Outfitters take you there!

PROJECTED CONDITIONS:  

Temperatures are expected to be a little cooler this week in the 80’s with scattered thunderstorms.

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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’ 2x-4x 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!