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Tyler Legg
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Saturday, October 4, 2008
1.) Currently here in the Charlotte area, it is in the mid 70's, with partly cloudy skies. The warm weather will be hanging around until next Tuesday, when temperatures come down a few degrees to the low 70's. Rain may be on it's way on October 13th. That Monday, which is about a week and a half away, shows a 60% chance for rain for both the Piedmont and the mountains of NC. This is great news, because the mountains are still under an extreme drought, and any rain we can get would be excellent. This Thursday and Friday, we may get a little rain also, with a 40% chance on both days. The water temps are ideal for the trout this time of year. I checked out the USGS real-time streamflow data, and what caught my attention was the water flow of the Jacob Fork River in South Mountains State Park. Currently the Jacob Fork is at only 9.1 cfs, with the average being at 56. This is a 46.9 deficit from average flows; the river is relying on groundwater levels, which isn't much better either. I like to fish the Jacob Fork in the Winter, and early Spring, because it seems as if this is the only time the water is up, and during that time 15 fish days where the norm for us fisherman. The Henry Fork is better, but not overly impressive. The Davidson River is way down, with a flow of 25 cfs and an average level of 121 cfs. All of the fly shops will say the water is low, but if you can fish low water comfortably, then by all means go for it. When the water is this low and this clear, the big brown trout sitting in their feeding lane, half out of water, will see you first. You just have to do what you can to make the trout feel less threatened. Small tippets, small flies, and careful wading techniques will make the possibility of hooking a fish a definite maybe. Sticking to the tailwaters in Tennessee may be your best bet. Try the Watauga, Clinch, Holston, or even the Nolichucky for smallmouths.

2.) When you fish this time of year, and then again in the Spring when the rainbows start spawning, please watch where your feet land on the riverbed. The trout have established redds and stepping on them will almost instantly kill the young trout, in return not helping with the fish populations. The trout will be in and out of small tributaries of the river, so be careful here to. If you can, try and stay on the banks, and out of the water. This will help protect the redds, and also will cross out spooking the fish with wakes and stirred up water.

3.) More later.


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