Freshwater Fly Fishing

Warmwater freshwater fly fishing is arguably the most underrated and least publicized fishery in Eastern NC.   Literally thousands of miles of water exist in Coastal and Eastern NC for the freshwater fly fishing enthusiast.  We have moving water.  We have lakes.  We have coastal estuarine rivers and creeks, all with abundant populations of largemouth bass, various species of sunfish, and other species that are fun on the fly such as bowfin, chain pickerel, longnose gar.  Just our home waters alone (the Tar and Pamlico Rivers and their associated tributaries) have more water to explore for this type of fishing than one can fish in a lifetime.  If you add other productive areas such as the lower Roanoke, the Chowan and its tributaries, the Albemarle Sound and its eastern tributaries such as the Alligator River, the possibilities are literally endless. 

Our specialty is fishing for largemouth bass and big jumbo sized bream using fly rods and popping bugs.  For this type of fishing, we are less interested in using conventional gear and most interested in topwater fly fishing.  Here is a list of just some of the waters we have explored and know for this type of fishing:

  • Tar River (from Rocky Mount to its mouth in Washington)
  • Roanoke River (from Weldon to its mouth in Plymouth)
  • Lake Phelps
  • Lake Mattamuskeet
  • Pamlico River Estuary tributaries
  • Neuse River Estuary and its tributaries
  • Albemarle Sound Estuary
  • Chowan River and its tributaries
  • Scuppernong River
  • Alligator River and its tributaries