Carolina Fly Fishing Club

Catawba River - Marian Greenway

  • 05 May 2018
  • 9:00 AM
  • McDowell County, Marian, NC
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  • McDowell County in Marion, NC.
    This DH section has a scheduled stocking of May 3, 2018.

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Marian Greenway on the Catawba River
Saturday, May 5, 2018

Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway in Marion, NC.

The greenway's entrance road is located off of U.S. 70 West just past Lowe's and next to Table Rock Quarries.  The gravel road, named Sam Phillips Drive, leads to the temporary parking lot and entrance to the park.  The first phase has a paved pathway and wooden fences running alongside the Catawba River for about 4,300 linear feet to a point almost behind Lowe's store.  It has fishing piers overlooking the river and boardwalks running over the river's tributaries. 

The first phase will also include historic Round Hill, where the McDowell and Carson families are buried.  That includes the county's and greenway's namesake, Revolutionary War hero Joseph McDowell. 

Meet-up Place: 
At the Greenway's entrance road located off of U.S. 70 West just past Lowe's and next to Table Rock Quarries at 9:00 am.

Click HERE for printable file showing Meet Up place, Delayed Harvest (DH) section of river and directions.

Please bring your own lunch, beverages, etc.  We will meet at the Meet-up place at 12:00 noon.

Lead Contact:
Contact Steve (Nightcrawler) Patterson if you would like a helping hand getting started and on the water.  You can email Steve with any questions or concerns by clicking his name above.

Suggested length of 8’ to 10’ works well with 3 to 6 wt line.  Leader to match rod length in 3X to 5X.  Shorter leaders make casting weighted flies a little easier.  If desired, you can always add more tippet to lengthen leader.

DH Flies- Typically start unweighted, if no action, add weight (split shot) 6"-10" above fly to get flies down to where the fish are.

Natural flies- Fish dry flies mid to late afternoon or if you see a hatch coming off.  Size is not cast in concrete, so experiment with fly size and pattern.  
Check here for: Fly Size by Season

 Insect  Emergence  Pattern
 Delayed Harvest Flies All Day 

Egg Patterns

Mop Flies
Woolly Buggers (black, brown, olive, orange)
San Juan Worms (red, pink are good color.)
Squiggly Wiggly (red, pink, green, purple, etc)

 Blue Winged Olive
 Caddis Flies
 (Dry Flies)

12-18 Blue Winged Olive
14-24 Black CDC Comparadun 
12-16 Elk Hair Caddis

 Stone Flies
 All Day

14-16 Girdle Bug
12-16 Pats Rubber Leg
14-18 Black Adult Stone Fly

 Nymphs and Midges  All Day

18-24 Zebra Midge
16-20 Pheasant Tail Nymph
18-24 Olive Midge
14-18 Black Stone Fly Nymph

 Quill Gordon Early Afternoon 

 12-14 Quill Gordon, Wet Fly & Dry Fly

Google “Fly Hatch Charts in NC” or…read more > > >
See pictures of Fly Patterns > > >


  • Drive North to I-40 West
  • Take exit 86 for NC-226 toward Marion/Shelby
  • Turn right onto NC-226 N (0.9 mi)
  • Continue straight onto US-221 N (5.2 mi)
  • Turn left onto US-70 W (0.6 mi) to the Greenway

The Marion Greenway
US-70, Marion, NC 28752

Here is a link to Google Maps

Need Help?
Let us know if you would like some help with getting started, lining rod, knots, casting, where to fish, etc.?  So we can have someone there to give you a hand.  Don't be bashful, we're here to get you started on the right track.  Click HERE to send an email request > > >

Club Outings: Due to CFFC liabilities anyone attending a club outing must be up to date with their CFFC and FFI memberships. Guests or lapsed members must sign a release form at the gathering or you can print, fill it out and bring it with you to the outing. Print Release Form

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

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