A great weekend for fly fishing

Published 3:05 pm Thursday, April 22, 2010

Whats going on this weekend is fly fishing. On Saturday is the PCTU Fly Fishing School at Harmon Field, in Tryon, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. I have been told that the class is full, but come down and see what you missed.

If you can fly fish head over to Lake Lure to watch or compete in the 2010 Olympiad Fly Masters Champion. Anglers from across the Carolinas will compete for the title of 2010 Olympiad Fly Masters Champion presented by The Granddaddy Fly-Fishing Experience in Lake Lure, N.C. on Apr. 24-25.

Day one begins with distance and accuracy casting for both youth and adults. The top ten adult finishers will advance to day twos fishing rounds where the winner is judged on the combined length of five fish caught in a two-hour timeframe. Last years inaugural Olympiad tournament attracted anglers from Team U.S.A. Fly Fishing, the N.C. Fly Fishing Team, and three-time Field & Stream Total Outdoorsman champion Paul Thompson of Marion, N.C., who is a member of Team Stonefly Competitive Fly Fishing.

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I will be helping out on Saturday at the PCTU Fly Fishing School at Harmon Field. And on Sunday I will be filming the round two of the 2010 Olympiad Fly Masters Championship.

Dont forget the Benefit Crappie Fishing Tournament on May 1 for Dee Terry at Moons Landing, Lake Greenwood, Cross Hill, S.C., from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Next week I will have more information on the Lake Lanier Bass Fishing Tournament.

I have been thinking about putting on a fishing yard sale, so if you have any old or unused fish stuff that you had to have but dont use, sell it! It would be on a Saturday in May. Next week I will have all the information on it. If you are interested in selling your stuff please call me at 828-243-4396 or email me at garywclark@bellsouth.net. If I get enough responses it will happen.

Local fishing report

This report comes from Ken Haynes at Silver Creek Campground, springtime fishing has moved into high gear in the last few weeks. Largemouth bass have moved onto their beds in many locations but are still catchable, with spring lizards being the bait of choice.&bsp; Pre-spawn bass are still being caught on spinner baits and plastic worms. In local ponds several bass in the 8 lb range have been taken on live shiners.

Lake Adger has been a hotbed of activity this week with large catches of crappie and white bass. The white bass will probably move up the river later this week but for now they are hanging around the shoal markers near the river entrance.&bsp; Nice catches have been reported using small grubs and live bait.&bsp; Trout have also shown up in the mouth of the river with good catches on beetle spins and night crawlers. Many nice bream are also being caught in the shallows on small spinners or night crawlers. This will get even better as the full moon approaches and they move onto their beds.

Trout fishing on the Green River has improved, with several 22 to 24 inch trout being caught. Paste baits have been hot this year with most of the larger fish being taken on Erupt paste.

Laughter pond has also produced nice catches of small channel cats, bass and a few nice crappies. Take the day off and take a kid fishing. Thanks, Ken Haynes, Silver Creek Campground for all your bait and tackle supplies.

Mountain biking

Fire tower Trail in Greenville South Carolina Mountain Bike Trail. There is no longer a fire tower on the summit, only the abandoned foundation of the caretakers house. Most mountain bikers come to Paris Mountain for the workout. The climb is the major challenge on this wide roadbed, but keep an eye out for ruts, rocks, and debris. You wont be rewarded with a view from the summit, but there are several winter views from the trail, and the mountain laurel lining the road is beautiful in the spring. The trail is a wide old roadbed, 3.2 total miles long, and a strenuous, gradual climb for half the ride.