Water level is normal.  Water clarity is currently clear with 4′-6′ visibility.  Nolichucky is approximately 1′ above normal at Chestoa and French Broad is 6″ above normal at Long Shoals.

WATER WATCH:                         


Crawfish, Poppers, Black Streamers.


With temperatures dropping into the 30’s this past week, the Smallmouth have been finicky.  We have been throwing everything at them and having good success.  With the smallmouth season coming to a close soon, get out while you still can.  Poppers have produced about 50 % of fish on the banks in the shade.  The other 50 % has been deep in the runs with crawfish and black steamer patterns.  We have  a nice assortment of bass flies and lures in the shop or you can check out the online store.

When fishing topwater, you’ll need that extra “Ummph” to get those big poppers through the air.  A 9′ 8wt. rod (comparable to Scott “S” Series rods ),with floating line and a 10-14′, 10-14 lb. test leader is the ideal setup for casting your fly 70′ with accuracy.  Popper sizes have been ranging between 1/0-4 in various colors.

The fall is a beautiful time of the year to spend a couple days on the water catching trout or smallmouth bass.  CWO offers several packages that include lodging and a guided fishing trip.  Whether you are interested in a float trip or wade trip for Trout or Smallmouth Bass, let the professional fly fishing guides from Curtis Wright Outfitters take you there!


Temperatures are expected to range from 36 to 74 degrees this week.  Fishing should be best during mid-day when temperatures are at their climax.

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Rod: Fast Action comparable to Scott “S” Series rods 9’ 6-8wt.

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!