Updated Every Friday:
Black, White and Chartreuse Streamers. Crayfish. Poppers.
The French Broad has almost cleared up from all the flooding that occurred last week. Visibility is about 1-2′ in deep water and about 3′ on the banks. Water is still about 3-4′ above normal at Blantyre and still a little cold. As long as we don’t get too much rain this weekend, the bite should be on. Poppers are on the verge with the warm temperatures moving in.
The Smallmouth have not been exploding on flies yet. The bite has been slow and soft, so make sure you manage the slack in your line so you can feel the slightest take or use a strike indicator to help see the strike. The slow take may also force you to delay your hook set. The bigger fish have been known to pick up a fly and just hold it for a moment before committing. Since the bigger fish have exceptionally hard lips, it can be tricky to get a good hook set if the fish doesn’t commit.
To get in on the fun… Let the professional fly fishing guides from Curtis Wright Outfitters show you why fly fishing for Smallmouth Bass has been the talk of the town over the last couple of years.
Be sure to check back in on our weekly stream report for updates on fishing conditions, fly selection, and more. And be sure to stop by the shop Mon- Sat for stream specific flies, techniques, and other information from our great fly fishing guide staff.
We offer guided trips 7 days a week. Any one of our great guides would be happy to help you dial in your favorite water, and perfect your fly fishing skills.
Rod: Fast Action comparable to Scott “S” Series rods 9’ 6-8wt.
Leader: 9-12’ 3x-5x Florocarbon.
Leader options: Straight mono (5′ butt section 20lb. test, 5′ tip section 14lb. test).
Vest: A vest with a work station and plenty of room for big flies. Fishpond Waterdance or comparable.
Boots: New Chota STL wading boot. This is a great boot for the money that will last through years of abuse.