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I just got back from several days with my folks in Charlotte. I had intended to get in some time chasing small stream Piedmont largemouth, but things just didn't work out from a scheduling perspective. I didn't feel like doing anything real involved this morning, so I ended up cutting out to the Swannanoa in town. It's not exactly scenic, and really more than a little gross, but it's got fish in it, it's running reasonably clear, and it's 10 minutes from my front door. I was hoping to catch a few bream and ideally a little bass or two; I ended up unexpectedly hammering smallies. Most of the fish took a chartreuse/white clouser with a drift and twitch presentation. A couple of the bigger specimens laid real stress tests on the 3wt.



 

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Those smallies had to have been an unexpected treat, and should have been a blast on your 3 wt.
 

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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.
 

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Cant hurt the fishery to introduce some new genetics.
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.
 

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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
 

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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
I caught a small one up behind Fortress Ingles just a couple of weeks ago. He looked pretty lost.
 

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FB's been basically out of action for smallmouth season the last two years, too. I don't remember what it looks like when it isn't orange.
 
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