A Warm Guides’ Day Off on Little River

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I spent a few hours with a fly rod on Little River this afternoon. Fishing buddy and fellow guide Tim Doyle came along.  It’s been an exceptionally cool August, and while I’m not exactly complaing, it’s put a crimp in our terrestrial fishing.

The blooming cardinal flower tells us it's August, but the weather is tending more towards September or October

The blooming cardinal flower tells us it's August, but the weather is tending more towards September or October

Today was the hottest day we’ve had in a while, but I don’t think it was any warmer than maybe 83 on Little River. Hot, sunny days are the best for fishing beetle and ant patterns but it doesn’t seem like today was hot enough. Tim and I got a few half hearted looks on the terrestrial patterns, but did much better with smaller mayfly imitations.

Trico spinners seemed to be fluttering above every riffle so we broke out some #18 parachutes and a pattern I’ve been experimenting with this week. My #20 Trico pattern pulled up some pretty good fish. Tim and I both missed brown trout in the 12″ range and landed some rainbows that were smaller than average. We both had some work to take care of and were off the water by 2:00.

I’ll be heading to the Oconaluftee for some guiding and Charity and I are hoping to get a smallmouth bass float in by the end of the week. We’ll keep you posted!

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We now have 2 spots available for Hazel Creek – Guided or Unguided