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The Tar River is on the rise as the rain from Hurricane Isaias makes its way downriver. The river is forecasted to crest on Wednesday at around 1800 CFS. I am expecting the river to be back at fishable levels by the weekend. Last week's small bump in flows really made for some phenomenal fishing and I am hoping this rain brings the same.

We finished off last week before the rain with a great topwater frog bite. Guests pulled in a lot of quality fish all on topwater frogs. Lowlight conditions have been key to finding willing fish on topwater. Start early or fish late to maximize your chances. There were also the first signs of the bug bite last week with cicadas out in force. Drifting boogle bugs and large foam hoppers under overhangs have produced fish during the heat of the day. The bump in flows should give us some streamer fishing opportunities over the next week as well.

Gar fishing has been really great the past week as well and the hot temperatures through August should keep the fish happy. I'm anticipating August to be much like July with the river getting back to low and clear conditions by mid-month. The high water from the storm brings the possibility of a good streamer window late this week through early next week. If you've been itching to throw some big streamers for Bass, this weekend is probably your chance.

There are dates available on the Tar through August and September. Lodging and group trips are available as always (contact for pricing).


I am running a special on trips now through September 15th. All trips booked are $50 off the original price. This brings down the price of a Tar River Float to $300/1 Angler and $350/2 Anglers.

Give me a call or shoot me an email to get your late summer trip on the books.

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