There are many things to consider before spending a day on the water. Weather, photo period, and elevation are a few things to consider as well as any personal conditions you may have. We have detailed some of these different factors below and offer our advice to ensure your comfort and success on the water.
Weather - Prior to any day on the water, be sure you have checked the weather forecast for the specific area you will be fishing. Weather in Western North Carolina can change quickly and there is often substantial variations in temperature. With afternoon thunderstorms prevalent in the late spring, air temperature can fall 10-15 degrees in a few minutes. Late spring precipitation can be very intense and we always recommend our clients bring a rain jacket and maybe even an extra change in clothes. We do our best to forecast the conditions for your trip. However, the ever-changing conditions advise us to be overly prepared on each trip.
Photo Period / Elevation - Because of the dense forest canopies that surround many of the rivers we fish, the thick tree cover can often prevent sunlight from reaching the stream. Also, higher elevation streams will be prone to cooler air temperatures than those experienced in Asheville. We recommended arriving at Hunter Banks dressed in multiple layers to ensure daylong comfort.
Personal Conditions - Always inform your guide of any medical conditions that you may have prior to departure. Because some of the areas we fish can be remote and have limited cellular coverage, we may offer a more suitable location for the day based on your conditions. Rest assured, there are great fishing options that are not as remote as some of the areas we fish. Be sure to bring any medication that you may need during the day. Our guides are all trained in First Aid and CPR and will do their best to ensure your safety on the water.
Personal Items - Below is a checklist for you to use prior to arriving at Hunter Banks
- Fishing Hat
- Rain Jacket
- Extra Socks / Clothes
- Polarized Sunglasses