Walking into a store and seeing a large sunglass display can make things complicated. We carry both Smith Optics and Costa Del Mar Sunglasses in a variety of frames and lenses, and knowing which is right choice for what you're doing can be daunting, so I'll try to simplify things: Polarization: Any good fishing sunglasses should be polarized. Glare on the water makes it nearly impossible to see what's happening below the surface or to track a bobber/dry. Polarization cuts glare off the water. All the Smith and Costa Sunglasses we carry are polarized. Glass vs. Polycarbonate lenses: Glass lenses provide more clarity and scratch resistance while polycarbonate lenses are shatter resistant and noticeably lighter weight.
The Etowah River has been a little off color from the rains this past week but should be back to normal this weekend. If you're looking to bass fish, the popper bite should be good to great - I would probably throw an Olive or Chartreuse Boogle Bug first and then keep some Yellow and White Boogles on hand. Streamer fishing should also be very good. Big critter patterns imitating crawfish and sculpins (Craw and Tan colored Dungeons, TeQueely, Cohen's Jiggy Craw, etc.) will work. The old standby's imitating shad should also produce: Clouser Minnows, any Henry Cowen Pattern, Decievers, etc. With the Stripers in the river, I like to bass fish with bigger rods (7/8 weight)
The Etowah River is fishing well - striped bass are beginning to show up in the river, so having a couple bigger rods like 9 weights rigged up with tropical-core sinking and floating lines is crucial. We like Scientific Angler's Sink 30 Warm for sinking line, as summer temperatures turn cold water lines to soup. Rig 15-30lb leaders, fluorocarbon being the preference for any subsurface presentation. Have an assortment of baitfish patterns like Cruiser Shad, Major Mullet/Bunker, Flashtail Whistlers, Kinky Muddlers, and Flashfire Mushies on hand. It also doesn't hurt to have a few boogle bugs and a 5-7 weight in the boat for the Spotted Bass. Check the generation schedule and don't forget water or
The Etowah River is fishing well. The bass bite is fantastic right now - warmer water temperatures mean topwater fishing; boogle bugs with small crawfish (pat's rubber legs, Joe's crayfish jig) and baitfish droppers (small clousers) should work well. Gurglers, mouse, and frog patterns will also produce well. As far as streamers are concerned, bigger baitfish patterns like Blanton's Flashtail Whistler and Cowen's Coyote will work well. Bring lots of water and sunscreen! It's hotter than hell out there right now, and sun gear is crucial. We've always got a selection of sun hoodies and sunscreen in stock; check the generation schedule before you go out. Call us at the shop if you would like to get
The Etowah River has been clearing up and fishable, when generation allows. Now that the water temperatures are peaking out in the high 60's, the bass topwater bite should be getting good. Try Boogle Bugs, Pole Dancers, and Gurglers. Don't be afraid to tie on a dropper from the popper - Pat's Rubber Legs, Kraft's Clawdad, and other smaller crawfish and hellgrammite patterns work great for this system. If they aren't on topwater bugs, streamers like Clousers, Sparkle Minnows, and Craw/Tan Colored Dungeons should get' em. The Stripers are almost here, so stock up on some bigger baitfish patterns. Call us at the shop if you have any questions regarding flies and equipment. The Blue Ridge
The Etowah River is clear and fishing great! May is one of the best times to be on the Etowah with a mixed bag of fish being caught. Large spotted bass are being found on a variety of methods, streamer fishing with small to medium flies like Clousers are working well and we are starting to see a good topwater bite as well. Boogle Bugs are the topwater of choice but gurglers and pole dancers will work also, try a mouse pattern if all else fails. Striped Bass are still few and far between, small fish continue to be caught mixed in with White Bass and Spotted bass and are making up a majority of the fish