Those smallies had to have been an unexpected treat, and should have been a blast on your 3 wt.
I wasn't really surprised by the smallies; they were what I was hoping to catch. What did catch me off guard was the bigger fish. There were several in the 15-17" range, and the typical Swannanoa smallie is more like 10-12" (at that size, they're a perfect match for the 3wt). I'm kinda wondering if some bigger fish pushed up out of the French Broad because of weeks of high and stained water.Those smallies had to have been an unexpected treat, and should have been a blast on your 3 wt.
I don't think there's a genetic difference between the fish in the Swannanoa and the FB fish; I suspect that the forage base of a relatively small stream like the Swannanoa isn't big enough to support a large population of bigger fish and/or the Swannanoa acts as something of a 'nursery' for juvenile and sub-adult bass, who drop down to the FB once they mature.Cant hurt the fishery to introduce some new genetics.
I caught a small one up behind Fortress Ingles just a couple of weeks ago. He looked pretty lost.Have you ever seen a smallmouth above the old dam at Rec Park?
I've never seen one in the "upper" river so I suspect the fish in the Swannanoa come up out of the French Broad during high water
Non issue. I'm still ill over having leave the river. I live 400 yds from the river and this is the first time I've fished it in 2 years due to high water.The finger healing up for you?