Fishing Report September 16th

This September has been very good to us so far. The water conditions have been favorable and we are hoping the next round of storms don’t push us off the water for too long. We are expecting three inches (or more) of rain this week which will likely close out a couple sections of our rivers. Cooler temperatures have made for much more comfortable days on the water and very happy fish. Fall is a great time on the coastal rivers for our warm water program. Top water usually stays in play until November and streamer fishing gets better as the water temps start to drop. We will be taking bookings for warm water trips through October and will have some November availability depending on weather and water conditions.


The Tar River has been fishing very well this month. The Large Mouth Bass have been blitzing small baitfish on rapids and sand bars, really anywhere you can find some current and nice structure. Top water baitfish flies such as the crease fly and the wiggle minnow have been our go to method for catching these fish while they are keyed in on bait. The fish in slower sections of water are cruising the shade lines looking for cicadas and frogs. An olive boogle bug in size 4 is hard to beat right now. The sight fishing opportunities for Large Mouth in the Tar are plentiful right now, if you have the eye for it. A trained eye, a good cast, and a whole lot of patients can make for a very cool experience.



The Neuse has stayed consistent for us this month. Streamer fishing has continued to produce and we have been seeing a great frog bite. Deer hair frogs and mini game changers have been our two go to flies these past couple of weeks. The bite should be consistent through October and in to November as long as we do not have any huge rain events.


This month we also introduced a new offering for our guided trips; the black water rivers on Easter North Carolina. These are wild and untouched rivers full of fish who rarely (if ever) have seen a fly. The fishing in these rivers is perfect for beginners. Top water bugs produce large pan fish on close to every cast with plenty of Large Mouth Bass thrown in to keep things interesting. For more experienced anglers there are truest giant Carp, Gar, and Bowfin that you can try you hand at sight fishing. The Black Water program has given us a great option for our beginner anglers that want to experience immediate success. It is also a great hunting ground for those looking for large warm water fish. Visit our booking page for pricing and more information.

As the temperatures drop we are looking forward to our next season of winter fishing. We will be offering float, wade, and power boat trips on some familiar watersheds as well as some new exciting programs for y’all to experience. We are also looking forward to our busiest time of year, the Spring. Our Shad and Striper programs will be running in full force with new boats and newly trained guides. We are also looking forward to announcing some big news as we expand for 2021. Make sure to sign up for our mailing list so you don’t miss a thing.

See you on the Water!

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