Smallmouth Bass Stream Report



Water level is above normal across WNC with off color water from the recent rain.    Water temperature varying in the  70′s.

Water watch:                         


Wiggle Minnows, Crawfish, Poppers.


We had about four days of clear conditions on the French Broad River before the rain moved in.   You have to get it while the getting is good.  It will be at least a few days before the French Broad clears up depending on additional rain.  The same goes for the Nolichucky.  The Pigeon should clear up a little faster and hopefully water visibility will  be good for the weekend.

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“This past week the US Forest Service installed three metal posts which blocks access to the Poplar Boat Launch on the Nolichucky River in North Carolina. You can no longer back a trailer to the river to load/unload a fishing raft. This eliminates the ability to float the river from Huntdale Road/Sams Branch Road to Poplar as well as Poplar to Erwin, TN. This eliminates about 12 miles of river access to fishing rafts. While they blocked the access they also improved it by putting down gravel all the way to the river. Why improve it, then block it????

 Please contact the US Forest Service in Burnsville, NC and ask them to remove the posts.

 Appalachian Ranger District

District Ranger, Tina Tilley

P.O. Box 128

Burnsville, NC 28714

(828) 682-6146

 This decision is detrimental to some people’s businesses and livelihood and to some people’s ability to simply enjoy a great section of river.

 Thanks for your help.


Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 90′s with scattered thunderstorms, lows in the mid 70′s.

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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.

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