The season we have all been waiting for!

The season we have all been waiting for!

First of all we hope everyone is doing well. We realize that we have neglected our fishing blog, much like most of us neglect keeping our fishing equipment organized. This hiatus has nothing to do with the lack of excitement the fall and winter season we have had at Mountain Troutfitters. We have had everything from eye witness accounts on how fast a drift boat could sink, sheets of BWO’s in a snowstorm on the South Holston and BIG wild browns on dries in city limits to name a few. In the busy lives we live we got carried away with fishing instead of letting everyone know what the fishing has been like in western North Carolina and East Tennessee and for that we apologize.

Brown Trout eating a mouse on The Farm

Brown Trout eating a mouse on the Linville River

Needless to say the weather the past few days in the mountains of North Carolina have been nothing short of fantastic. Of course this gets us all twitchy to leave the office or put the honey do list on the back burner and put the waders on. This time of year is when I appropriately implement “Spring Cleaning” for all of my fly fishing accouterments. March is the only time you will see my fly boxes organized. It’s the only time you can reach into my boat bag without looking and not require a tetanus shot soon there after. The days are here when you can go fishing everyday without being miserable in the process nor have your entire family think you’re mentally ill. Every fly fishing enthusiast I believe goes through this fly fishing cabin fever. We don’t take it in moderation we jump right in whenever we get a free moment. This was easy to justify when I was much younger, single with no family or mortgage. Now that I am a responsible adult, I can’t walk around for days without taking my waders off. ¬† So for the past few years I have implemented a technique to help stave off the cravings to fish when I simply cannot go fishing and that is stay away from any body of water (stagnant rain puddles included). This technique has worked wonders for me for years now. Now I face another problem. I live less then 100 yards from a delayed harvest stream!

Musky at the boat

Musky at the boat

So what is going to be big in 2016? FISH! Things are looking great this spring. Water levels are best we have seen in a couple of seasons for this time of year. Great flow, clarity and temperatures makes for an awesome day on the water. Our private water on “The Farm” on the Linville River is fantastic right now. We all got a little nervous in the late summer when water temperatures rose, but the fish are doing great. Here before too long when the caddis start showing up on the Linville, big fish will be brought to the net for sure! Duke Energy is doing something phenomenal right now. They have accepted a proposal that is working on promoting specifically the recreational use of the entire Catawba River chain. The section we float has been under a special designation to help the brown trout population of the river for a couple of years now. The fisheries biologists are more then pleased with the results, these fish are still growing at a substantial rate. Rumor has it, as apart of this proposal¬†they are going to place another put in/take out and working on lowering the maximum flow on the tailrace. Hopefully with these flows the Catawba River tailrace will be more “fishy” when both generators are running. As always the Watauga river and South Holston river, across the mountain in Tennessee are fishing superb. A couple weeks ago some folks from the TVA presented some data that has been collected over the past several years in regards to the bug life on both river systems. After looking at an assortment of graphs and charts that seemed a bit over my head, we were able to determine that the didymo in the river system made the sulphur mayflies happy and bountiful. Based on my own scientific observations that I have documented over the past several years, happy and bountiful sulphurs make the fish happy and bountiful, which in turn make the fisherman happy and bountiful!

All of this scientific stuff is making my head hurt so I will leave you with this. I hope everyone has the best fishing season yet! If you are new to fly fishing and want to give it a try or a seasoned veteran wanting to learn some new water (or someone to blame missed strikes and tangles on) give us a call or send an e-mail!

Tight Lines,

Mountain Troutfitters Staff

info@mountaintroutfitters.com

(828) 387-6534