Big brown on the Linville River

Rain and dirty water… Not always a bad thing

With the end of April approaching the fly fishing season is in full swing! We have been slammed on the water the past few weeks, and been hit with tornado warnings, massive power outtages and several inches of rain here in the high country. Some trips have been cancelled due to dangerous and just plain terrible fishing conditions. But, we all know that high and dirty water can lead to putting some pretty impressive fish in the net. So that is exactly what we had in mind this week!

Big brown on the Linville River

Big brown on the Linville River

So when the rain is relentless, the river is up and looks like something from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory what do you do? Well if you suffer from an addiction to big brown trout like I do, FISH ON!  When the water is on the rise before it gets too nasty, the fish are eating more then I do when I come across an all you can eat crab legs buffet!

Tenkara rainbow trout

Tenkara rainbow trout

So here is a little run down of what has been happening on our local waters this week. “The Farm” on the Linville river was fishing great this week. The river was 48 degrees this morning, so with the high, cold water the fish were fighting. Lots of fish were brought to the net including an nice 22″ wild brown with a hookjaw longer then winter! Wild waters are fishing good, the dry fly bite is picking up nicely, don’t forget the yellow stimulators and green weenies when leaving the house. The Catawba river tailrace has been running dirty this week due to all the rain and Muddy Creek, but hopefully things will be looking up next week. Over the hill in Tennessee, TVA has been generating like mad. They have been running 2 wheels on the Watauga, BUT the caddis have arrived which is something you don’t want to miss out on! The South Holston has been fishing great, they have been generating a lot and the fish are getting used to it. The sulphurs are showing up on occasion but we can’t wait to see them come off in good numbers in the coming weeks. This weekend it looks like the TVA will be wade friendly to those wanting to wade fish on the Soho. Smallmouth bass season is here, just not this week. Along with the nasty river conditions, the cold snap has made us put smallies on the backburner. Once river conditions clear up and a few consistent warm nights the smallmouth will be back on track. So put your rain jackets on and go fish!  If you have any questions or would like to book a trip give us a call or drop us an email!

Thanks,

Mountain Troutfitters Staff

info@mountaintroutfitters.com

(828)  263-4611