- Tyler Legg
- Charlotte, NC, United States
1.) Low and behold, snow started falling Friday around 3:00 in the afternoon. Meterologists were expecting the snow to start towards 7 or 8 o'clock that evening. By 6:00 PM we had and inch and a half on the ground. Eventually, the green grass (well, more along the lines of dead grass) was defeated by the accumulating snow. It snowed for the bulk of the night, varying in intensity. By 9 AM yesterday morning, there was a 20+" snow drift on the front porch, wedged up against the door. The back porch had a snow dift comprised of 10" of snow. 6-7" fell here in Kannapolis, the more south and east you go, the less snow you see. For us, this is the most snow we've seen since the February '04 monster that buried our house in 20"+ of snow. Our next round of snow looks to be next weekend. Buckle up, this February is going to be interesting...2.) The interstates and highways are for the most part, passable. It's the secondary roads that are still iffy.Especially up in the mountains where it's colder. Take it easy if you decide to go fishing today, tomorrow, or even Tuesday. I think I'm going to get some tying done today and tomorrow. If I come up with anything interesting, I'll post it.
2.) The Fly Fishing Show is this weekend here in Charlotte, so if you are planning on heading over to the Park (formerly known as the Merchandise Mart here in Charlotte) have fun. I won't be there this year unfortunately, as I'll be up in West Virginia on a skiing trip.
3.) If you haven't checked out the all new Tar Heel Fly Fishing Forum, it's well worth the visit. We are starting to see more members joining and posting. I designed and put together the message board on Sunday, and since then, we are closing in on 100 posts. Discussions range from small stream brook trout fishing to DH fly fishing in NC, and even fly tying and gear talk. I've even included a category on the forum devoted to fly fishing out of NC. If you enjoy fishing in and around NC, or you want to learn more about fly fishing in NC, join the discussion!! See you over there...
('bout all as far as dry flies)
Prince Nymphs #14-18
Copper Johns #18-22
Pheasant Tail Nymphs #18-24
Lightning Bug #18-24 (Especially on sunny days)
Red Fox Squirrel Nymph #14-16
Tellico Nymph #12-16
Big, ugly, stonefly nymphs #6-10
San Juan Worms
Don't hesitate to tie on a streamer if all else fails. A #10 Slumpbuster might bust the slump you're in when the fish don't care for anything else.
2.) All of this cold air has really slowed down the fishing. You can still catch fish, but you'll have to slow down and get the fly right in front of them. They're not going to move much to grab a fly. Use enough split shot to get your bug close to the bottom. As far as fly selection goes, use smaller flies. Copper Johns, Pheasant Tails, and Fox Squirrel Nymphs in sizes of 18-24 "ish" are just a few examples. Again, getting the fly down deep is the key.
3.) I was asked a few days ago if I would write an article for Blood Knot Magazine. I'm currently in the process of putting one together recollecting my summer brook trout excursions in southeast Tennessee last year...(You know, the trip where I was attacked by a nest of yellow jackets...). It's looking great so far, I'll finish it up over the weekend and send it in.
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