Friday, August 6, 2010

Watauga River Float - Aug 2, 2010

    Floated the Trophy Section of the Watauga on Monday with a friend and got plenty of fish to respond to terrestrials under the trees and to nymphs in the deep pools and riffles.  Didn't get any braggers, but we certainly saw enough big fish in the clear water to keep us very excited.
    I'm working on a Fishwater Map of the Linville River which will also include the Bridgewater Tailrace of the Catawba.  Look for it soon on the website and n shops.  The Smallies are still smacking top waters on the French Broad River here in Asheville when the water isn't too muddy from all the recent thunder storms and we've been having some great days.  Don't let summer pass you by, grab a Fishwater Map and get on the river!  -CSG

Monday, July 19, 2010

Summer heat bringing up the Smallies!

The dog days are upon us, even here in the mountains, and to those who are usually after trout, summer means hot topwater action for smallmouth bass!  The French Broad River is fishing great, as long as the gully washers don't cloud it up, and we've been catching them on poppers and over sized damselfly imitations.  The fish are active all day in different capacities and if you go be sure to take along some clousers and cray fish patterns, and as always a Fishwater Map! We are also going to be offering float trips with our sister company, Fishwater River Guides ( )  So if you're coming up to the area give us a call and we'll get you in on the action.  Stop surfing and start fishing!  -CSG

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Roanoke River Report

    Just back from a field test of the new Roanoke River map.  The drive took us five hours from Asheville and it was well worth it.  There are still a few weeks left of awesome Striper fishing to be had.  Take plenty of white and yellow or white and chartreuse clousers and a full sinking fly line on an 8 wt and you will have a great time.  Don't expect to be alone though, as you can see in the video, there will be a lot of traffic.  What are you waiting for, grab a Fishwater Map and get going!  -CSG    Click here to view the Roanoke River Video

Monday, April 19, 2010

Watauga River Report - April 18, 2010

   These are the days we wait for.  Fished the Watauga on Sunday with a buddy and we couldn't of had a better day.  We drove up from Asheville and got to the Sycamore Shoals at about 9:30.  We were the only ones around if you don't count the joggers and dog walkers.  We rigged up with Bead Head Pheasant Tails and Prince Nymph droppers and caught bright beautiful rainbows steadily until about 12:30 when we broke for lunch.  After Lunch we headed up stream and waded in near the Siam Bridge and right into a steady midge hatch that went off for the next 3 hours.  I caught about a dozen fish, mostly more of those feisty Watauga 'bows between 10" and 14" on my favorite little foam midge pattern under a size 18 Adams.  I like to use the Adams as a "marker" for my midges so I have a clue as to where it is, and I did pick up one brown on the Adams.  TVA is apparently doing some work on the Wilbur Dam and there is no generation scheduled until further notice.  The river is perfect for wading and quite accessible at low water so the time is right to get up there.  The season is right and the fish are biting so grab a Fishwater Map and you can stop surfing the web and start fishing the river!    -CSG 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mills River Delayed Harvest

Couldn't stand being inside today so I snuck out to the Mills River to see what was happening.  Looked Like some march browns were coming off pretty steady while I was there along with some black caddis and some other little black swarming bugs.  The new fish were keyed in on the bugs and feeding pretty well.  I missed the best of it by getting there a little late but still managed a few little scrappers on a size 12 Adams.  The place was pretty filled up with fellow anglers enjoying the day.  Plenty of fish to go around though and I watched several people hook'n up.  Hopefully spring is here for real this time, grab a Fishwater Map of a river you've never fished and get out there!  -CSG

Friday, March 19, 2010

Delayed Harvest waters are ripe and ready.  I fished the DH section of the Tuckasegee River on Thursday Mar, 11th and absolutely hammered the fish.  I was swinging a small green and brown BH woolly bugger and the fish unraveled three of them in about 4 hrs.  I also managed to dredge up 3 fish that looked to be river vets and were just as pretty as could be, including a sexy 16" brown!  The time is right now to be heading up to mountain trout streams.  Grab a Fishwater Map and get fishing.  Also check out our brand new Oconaluftee / Raven Fork Map available now!!

Sunday, March 7, 2010