Catawba River Tailrace

Catawba River Tailrace brown trout

Catawba River Tailrace brown trout

Floating the Catawba River tailrace is a new option here at Mountain Troutfitters.  This section of water has been in recovery for the last several years and has turned into an awesome brown trout fishery. It has not yet reached the status that the tailwaters across the mountain have reached. But it does offer something that the Watauga and South Holston can’t give you, SECLUSION.  A float on this river will be peaceful and there will be very little boat traffic. The float is approximately 8 miles long from the put in below Lake James at Bridgewater Dam, to the take out at the town of Glen Alpine, NC. We float the Catawba on either no generation or one generator, which makes this trip our go to trout float.

Even though this is mainly a brown trout fishery, both the fish and the tactics we use are quite diverse. It is common to see not only trout, but also perch, bass, and carp. We fish deep nymph rigs under an indicator, light dry/dropper rigs, and streamers with a sinking line. This is a year round fishery, and is probably one of the best stonefly fisheries in North Carolina. What makes this river most exciting though is the caddis hatch in early spring, and the terrestial fishing in the late summer!

Catawba River butter

Catawba River butter

Like all of our float trips, all gear and a shore lunch and cold water/soda will be provided. If you want to use your own gear we recommend a 9′ 5 wt matched with a floating line. Two anglers max per boat. Multiple boats are available!

Pricing

1 or 2 anglers $400