- Tyler Legg
- Charlotte, NC, United States
2.) Fishing is turning out to be outstanding in most places. Delayed Harvest streams are winding to close next Saturday. Us catch and release fisherman call it "Bloody Saturday". The catch and keep fisherman grab their share..."Kill and Grill"...The Roaring Fork in Stone Mountain SP, South Mountain DH streams, the Mitchell River, Tuckaseegee, and all other DH rivers will soon be devoid of trout. Catch and Release portions like the Hatchery Section on the Davidson are an angler's best bet for the rest of the year. I may try to get in one last fishing trip to the Mitchell River DH this Sunday afternoon to fish it for the last time until next Winter. If you want to know what flies are working for the month/next month, check out the updated WNC/Smokies hatch chart over on the left hand column.
3.) I don't now why, but I have seen a lot of snakes around lately. A 3 ft Kingsnake was taking refuge out of the sun and heat in some shade adjacent to the Agricultural Dept. at my school earlier today. We were out working around the barn a few weeks ago and a small brown snake (don't know what kind) slithered through the grass. I'm not the biggest fan of snakes...I don't mind them being there, but I would rather not come into contact with them. They're beneficial in the ecosystem, as they eat all of the mice and rats though.
4.) I'm finally able to start updating more. I just completed the finishing touches on my Business Plan for my fly shop which will be established in West Yellowstone, MT. The name of the shop is Tyler Legg's West Yellowstone Angler...It'll probably be a while until it opens (decade or two!!...)
5.) Thanks for stopping by and reading. Everyone have a great evening and weekend.
Here is the latest USGS Real Time water levels:
Davidson River @ Brevard: 594 cfs (average is 135)
South Toe River @ Celo: 1,750 cfs (average is 156)...S. Toe is extremely high currently.
Nantahala River @ Rainbow Springs: 424 cfs (average is 207)
Watauga River @ Sugar Grove: 496 cfs (average is 166 cfs)
Tuckasegee River @ Bryson City: 2, 580 cfs (average is 1,570)
Oconaluftee River @ Birdtown: 488 cfs (Average is 464 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek @ Cataloochee: 111 cfs (average is 100 cfs)
Roaring River @ Roaring River, NC: 943 cfs (average is 595 cfs)
Mitchell River @ State Road: 983 cfs (average is 412 cfs)
French Broad River @ Blantyre: 3, 430 cfs (average is 2,940 cfs) (The French Broad is on the verge of flooding according to the USGS and the NWS Floodstage levels. Gauge height is approximately 15.4 ft. Floodstage is 16 ft. Don't know if the river's gauge is broken or in working order...
2.) With all of the high water, big nymphs and streamers will work best, but Green Weenies, San Juan Worms, and attractor dries may also work in most places. You may get away with 3x-4x tippet.
(Above) Talking with some folks about fishing in the Smokies
I did get the opportunity to fish Little River in the park for a few hours, but thanks to high and very fast water, the fish were very tough to catch. I did get a lot of very short strikes from definite fish.
2.) If you are heading to a trout stream, it's a good idea to check in with the local fly shop and ask about water flows. The TN tailwaters (ie the Caney Fork, South Holston, Clinch, etc) are WAY up. If you can, fish higher up on the smaller streams, which tend to resist being flooded out too much. Nymphs have been working best along with streamers such as Slumbusters, Woolly Buggers and Zonkers. If you discover your fishing hole high and cloudy, don't bother using light tippet. Tie on 2x-3x, as the trout can't see as well in cloudy water vs. clear water. San Juan Worms are working great right now. All of the rain has brought the earthworms to the surface and the worms closest to the river are usually flushed into the water. Look for Light Cahill hatches in the evening, with Hendricksons, March Browns, and Brown Caddis periodically throughout the day. If you see a hatch starting, but you don't see any fish rising, chances are the trout are picking off the emerging insects below the surface. When this happens, tie on a wet fly that closely matches the bugs hatching. If you don't see any bugs hatching what-so-ever, nymphs are your best bet.
3.) The next post will either be on Thursday, or on Sunday. I'm leaving on Friday for Troutfest in Townsend, TN. We will probably camp at Elkmont in the park for 2 nights. I will be tying on Saturday from 1 till 5. I'm still debating on showing how to tie my Realistic Black Caddis, the Sheepfly, the Slumpbuster, or one of my most recent patterns, the Split Tail Green Weenie. I'm planning on fishing Little River probably Friday afternoon/evening, and then possibly Saturday evening from 5:30 until dark. Pictures will be taken (I found my camera) and posted on Sunday.
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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
215 PM EDT SAT MAY 9 2009
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN MCDOWELL COUNTY IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA...
NORTHERN RUTHERFORD COUNTY IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA...
* UNTIL 315 PM EDT
* AT 212 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL...AND
DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 7 MILES
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PEOPLE IN THE PATH OF THIS SEVERE THUNDERSTORM SHOULD BE ALERT FOR
LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. FREQUENT LIGHTNING AND LOCALLY HEAVY
RAIN CAN OCCUR WITH ANY THUNDERSTORM. SEEK SHELTER INDOORS AWAY FROM
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Thermal heating and sunshine equals big storms....
(Above) Possible wall cloud at the bottom center of the picture(This particular storm showed signs of rotation)
2.) Be careful if you plan on heading to a trout stream today/tomorrow. High water may still be an issue in a few rivers. All of the lakes are filled to capacity. Rain and high, cloudy water means big streamers and San Juan Worms.
2.) Fishing in the mountains of the Tar Heel State has been excellent. Low water (Not as bad as summer...) is basically the only obstacle that may or may not affect fishing. Warm temps (Not hot) even across the higher streams are really making fishing great. Most fish will take a dry on the surface (Adams, Wulffs, Trudes, Lt. Cahills, March Browns) will work just fine. I was out mowing the lawn the other day, and I did not see a single grasshopper jump out of the grass. If there aren't any hoppers here in the lowland, the mountains aren't going to have many either. I would say another 2 weeks (give or take a few days) before hoppers will really start working on the area rivers. Once they do start becoming more active, the trout will start to key on to them and the famed pop on the top of the water after casting a hopper will drive the fish crazy. Beetle, inchworm and ant patterns should be a good idea to try right now. Copper Johns, PT nymphs, Green Weenies, BH midge patterns, attractor nymphs, Lightning Bugs and San Juan Worms will catch fish this time of year.
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