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Tyler Legg
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Monday, January 11, 2010
If you haven't been amused with the extended cold stretch we've experienced lately (frankly, I'm ready to throw my fly into LIQUID and not onto solid ice) don't worry. Cold weather in the Carolinas usually doesn't stick around for more than a couple of days, at the most. The cold snap that is finally starting to give us some mercy is about to be replaced by some "warmer" weather or "not so freaking cold" weather. Maybe some of the anchor ice present in western NC streams will melt a little (maybe). Thursday and Friday might be one (if not the) best days we've seen in 3 weeks for fly fishing in North Carolina. Temperatures will rise into the lower 50's in the southern NC mountains on Thursday and mid 50's on Friday. The northern NC mountains will see mid 40's on Wednesday, upper 40's on Thursday, and mid to low 40's on Friday. The heat wave is coming folks!! Still, fishing during the middle of the day (11 "ish" through the afternoon) has been and will be the best approach. Nymphs are winning over dries in terms of catching fish. With the upcoming relief from the cold, you may see some Blue Winged Olives fluttering around, but don't expect a feeding frenzy from the trout (or a hatching frenzy from the Olives). Albeit the air temps will rise, the water temps will still be fa-fa-freezing. Who's ready for spring?!?!

What's working...

DRIES
#18-22 Adams
#18-24 BWO
Small midges
('bout all as far as dry flies)

NYMPHS
Prince Nymphs #14-18
Copper Johns #18-22
Pheasant Tail Nymphs #18-24
BWO Nymphs
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
Egg patterns

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.

6 comments:

Lance Milks said...

Hey Tyler,

Lucky for me Im heading up to the stream Friday. Im glad to see the weather is going to be a little milder than my last excursion. I'll let you know how it goes.

Lance

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...

Lance,

You're picking the right day to be out on the stream. The fishing will more than likely be pretty good. You might even get into some dry fly action in the afternoon!!

Are you heading up to Stone Mtn?

Tyler

Lance Milks said...

Hey Tyler,

Actually, I may be heading to some private water near Low Gap. I have been told stories of 12in. brookies there. If the fishing isnt that good we may head to either the Mitchell or SMSP.

Lance

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...

Lance,

Sounds even better!! I would pass up the DH fish at SMSP for large brookies too.

Tyler

Lance Milks said...

Hey Tyler,

Well my private water plan fell through, so I headed to the park. The hardest part was finding fish. The river is realy empty. I did eventually find some hold overs and managed five or six with quite a few stings. I did loose one monster, almost to net but he ran under a ice sheet and cut my tippet, I was heartbroken. The weather was realy nice and all in all it was just a great day to be on the river.

Lance

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...

You got on the river just in time. Tomorrow's heavy rain will probably cause the East Prong to rise. Good to hear you caught some fish. The rain we've received over the last few months really helped to spread all of the fish out....Sorry to hear about the monster!! It happened to me last time I was up there!!

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