The Etowah River is still fishing well - we're on the back end of the striper season right now. We should have fish through the month, but the bite will slowly decline into September. The bass bite is fantastic right now and should stay good through the next few months. If you're targeting the Spotted bass in the river, I would probably start by fishing topwater bugs imitating frogs, mice, baitfish, and bugs in the morning. By mid day, the popper bite should still be good (listen for cicadas), but I'll swap to streamers if I come in to a slump. Baitfish patterns imitating shad like Clouser Minnows and Flashtail Whistlers, Sparkle Minnows, crawfish imitations, and
The Etowah River should clear enough to have decent visibility by the weekend, but the heavy rain from this past weekend is still lingering. The predicted forecast for the next 7 days shows little to no precipitation until mid next week, so don't let the water color scare you! For bass, fishing flashy streamers like sparkle minnows and kreelex's, loud streamers with rattles, and flies that push lots of water and vibration like the Schmidterbait will all be effective in off color for bass. The stripers are still in the river and fishing should be good - if the river is off color, I like to throw flies on the darker side of the color spectrum
The Etowah River should fish well this weekend. The water is still a good color despite this week's rain, and the 7 day forecast is showing very little precipitation. I would probably bring a 5 or 6 weight rigged for spotted bass (Boogle Bugs, Cohen's Jiggy Craw, Tequeely's) and a 9 weight with intermediate or full sinking tropical fly line for the striped bass. Larger baitfish patterns like Kinky Muddlers, Cruiser Shad, and Flashtail whistlers. We just got a shipment some fresh striper and bass flies in stock; come by and see what's new. Sometimes throwing something that the fish haven't seen can make a difference. It can also be beneficial to have flies of different
Etowah River: The popper bite for bass is on! Boogle Bugs in Olive, Yellow, Chartreuse, and Fire Frog will all produce well, but all of us at the shop have our own favorite color. Use heavier diameter 0x leaders to the fly to prevent line twist. I like to drop a fly off the back of my poppers - Large Pat's Rubber Legs, small crayfish patterns like Joe's Crayfish Jig, Carter's Rubber Legged Dragons, and small baitfish patterns imitating shad. Bass can also be caught on a variety of streamers imitating baitfish and creatures like crawfish. The Striper fishing has been good. 8, 9, and 10 weight rods rigged with Intermediate and Full Sinking Tropical core
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)