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Tyler Legg
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Welcome to THFF.com! Kick your wading boots off and stick around for a while. You'll find content ranging from NC fishing reports, videos, pictures, fly fishing news from around the state/country/world, humor, and even some irrelevant, yet interesting posts.
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Monday, March 29, 2010
After an evening of intense supercell thunderstorms and numerous tornadoes, it looks like we'll enter a prolonged quiet, docile weather pattern starting today in some areas (isolated to scattered storms this evening) and for all tomorrow. We're not in line for supercell thunderstorms today, so don't worry about tornadoes. Just ordinary widely scattered storms.

If you witnessed the storms last night, you probably don't want another storm for the rest of the year!! Around 5:30 or so, the first storm fired off. This one quickly produced rotation and eventually a possible tornado. A mobile home community was demolished after a suspected tornado blew through, wrapping metal around trees and leaving insulation sprawled out across the surrounding branches. If I'm not mistaken, the same storm tracked north and a tornado caved in the roof at a Food Lion in Spencer, NC. It continued to unleash it's wrath by tossing cars around and even hurling a tractor trailer across a parking lot. That tornado was confirmed by the NWS as an EF3. One of the supercells roared over us here in Kannapolis. We we're right under the famous tornado-producing hook of the storm where a possible tornado was forming. Thankfully, the tornado failed to organize.

Below is short footage of the tornado in Spencer as it tore through a field and blew transformers....

The bulk of the heavy rain occurred east of the mountains. With that being said, high water is not a problem on rivers and streams in the mountains, so fishing will continue to gradually improve throughout the week. If you have the opportunity to get out and wet a line, take it!! It is going to be absolutely spectacular weather wise this week. Highs in the upper 70's in the high country, with low to mid 80's in Piedmont locations. I'm almost positive we'll see large hatches of Quill Gordons and Blue Quills sometime this week. The weather will be conducive for the bugs to really start hatching. Make sure you have Quill Gordons and Blue Quills in your box.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
1.) After a chilly start this morning, we've landed in the mid to upper 50's. Low 60's might be reached today. If you're going to be up in the mountains on a trout stream, it's going to be on the cool side. Especially if you're out in the evening. Tomorrow will be cool, with rain and thunderstorms in the forecast. Next week looks spectacular if you have a fishing trip planned. Temperatures will warm into the upper 60's to low 70's by mid week across most places in western NC. Spring here in NC, as we all know, is a little inconsistent this year. We have seen highs in the 70's one day, before diving back into the 50's and low 60's the other. Wait until after Easter if you're a gardener to plant anything. Every once in a while, we'll see lows dip down into the thirties. Spring is taking it's time in getting here!! I'd imagine that temperatures will start to level out in the next week or two.

2.) Delayed Harvest streams have been fishing very well. There are plenty of fish in the DH waters. Give Stone Mountain, Wilson Creek, Mitchell River, South Mountains, etc a try. I'm not really fishing C&R waters right now, as the DH waters will switch to Hatchery Supported on June 4th. I'm soaking in the DH fishing until it closes. Then, you'll find me in the Smokies, on the Davidson River, on wild streams, etc.

Give these patterns a try:

Hise's Hetero-Genius
San Juan Worm
Copper Johns
Pheasant Tail Nymph
Kaufman Stone
Woolly Bugger
Quill Gordon

3.) I'm still making podcasts, just not as frequently as thought. I'm trying to make them last for a long time. Creating podcasts every weekend would be to much!! Click on the "Podcasts" navigational tab at the top for them.

4.) I'm really liking the new blog layout. I haven't found any problems with it at all. (again, if you have problems with it loading, give me a shout) Gives it a whole new look. I'm still keeping my eyes pealed for ways to make it better.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Some changes to the blog have occurred!! I used the new program, Blogger In Draft Template Designer to create a new scheme. Just a little sprucing up A completely new scheme. I'm currently still adjusting, so if you continue to notice more changes, you'll know why. Hopefully the page loads fine for everyone. I deleted old widgets that were not really needed. This will make the blog load faster. Please tell me if you're experiencing any problems with the new template loading!!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Great day to spend the first day of spring! We took off to Wilson Creek today to try the DH. The "creek" (it's more like a good sized river) treated me pretty well. If you have never been up there before, it's definitely well worth the trip during DH season. Excellent fishing to say the least.

I on the DH section around 11:30 AM to find fisherman spread out along the river every 20 feet. It reminds of the Davidson River on a bright, warm, sunny day. Not really elbow-to-elbow fishing, but still pretty crowded. Lots of folks enjoying the mid 70's. I was one of them! Some of the best weather we've had in months. A light breeze blew, especially in the gorges.

It took me a while to figure out that 5x was a little to big for the trout's liking. I switched to 6x with much better results. The first fish hooked was a 12" male brookie with a slightly kyped jaw. The brookies didn't look like they came from a hatchery. Pretty colorful and they lacked the mushy, drab colored appearance of other stocked fish. The next 2 fish were both brookies as well. The 2nd one was a little bigger, around 14". The next one was around 12". Then the real fun began when I started hooking into rainbows. The show one of the rainbow put on was absolutely spectacular! I hooked into one of the four bows and he exploded. Immediately after being hooked, he sky rocketed out of the water. This fish completely cleared the water, jumping about 4'+ into the air (I'm not pulling your leg). I've never seen a rainbow jump like this one did. Reminded me of a tarpon.

I talked to a guy who said he had a 21" brown trout hunker down right at his feet. He said he wasn't moving, so maybe the fish took him as a tree. There are definitely some big fish in Wilson Creek, but they're not really the brightest fish I've ever come across. You won't see wild trout doing this!!

I forgot the camera (I think I'm suffering from a disease where I forget the camera on every trip). Used dad's Blackberry, which takes pictures, but not the best. I'm determined to bring the camera next time. Of course I say that now....

Bringing a fish in (pretty good picture, the combination of a bad camera phone and sun beams made a cool looking picture...)

Thursday, March 18, 2010
Troutfest is right around the corner. You probably noticed the banner at the top of the blog. Click on it to visit the website. If you enjoy fly fishing, fly tying, live music, great food, and great people, you don't want to mess out. If you were at Troutfest last year, you probably remembered how great it was. Now, imagine it even better than last year. The fun begins on Friday May 14th with the banquet. Then, on Saturday and Sunday the 15th and 16th, the show starts. You will have the opportunity to meet 3 of fly fishing's legends, Joe Humpreys, Bob Clouser, and Lefty Kreh. Joe, Bob, and Lefty will be there all weekend demonstrating. Troutfest 2010 will be held at the Townsend Visitors Center in Townsend, TN (if you're driving down Lamar Alexander Blvd, you'll see the cars, people, booths, etc). I will be there from 1pm-5pm on Saturday as a fly tying demonstrator. Make reservations for hotels, campsites, cabins, rental homes, etc ASAP!!! They're filling up fast. The excitement is slowly building as May draws closer!!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Season 1 Episode 1 of the THFF Podcast is above in the embedded player. I submitted the episode (and will submit to iTunes for all future episodes) to iTunes. I'm definitely an amateur at podcasting!! I'm hoping they'll progressively get better. If you have any topics that you would like me to discuss in a future podcast, you can leave a comment below or shoot me an email.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
I enjoy doing extra things that coincide with the blog, such as the forum. My new big idea is creating podcasts (or flycasts if you will...pun intended). I've already set up the software needed and should be diving into the podcasting pool pretty soon. Folks over on the forum have suggested several ideas for the first few podcasts, ranging from ways to save money in the fly fishing world, techniques that are used for certain flies, what a beginning angler must know and what he/she needs, etc. I'll probably discuss destinations in NC, proven patterns, fly tying, and so on. I'll post the link to the podcast (it will also be found on iTunes). Tell me what you guys think.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
(TroutNut.com photo taken by Jason Neuswanger) If you see one of these guys, tie on a #14 quill gordon and have at it!!

The most anticipated and first major hatch of March is finally here: the quill gordons. Water temperatures have increased, triggering the quill gordons to hatch. They basically look like drunk pterodactyls, as they clumsily flutter around. Have some QG patterns in your box. With that being said, you probably won't find spectacular dry fly fishing due to the sporadic hatches. Quill gordons won't hatch out by the millions like caddis do, so it's unlikely that the trout will engage in a feeding frenzy. Still, tossing a #14 quill gordon to patiently waiting and hungry trout, will definitely get their attention. If you see a few QG's coming off of the water, tie on a quill gordon wet and swing it through a run on a wet fly swing. 9 times out of 10, trout will often take your wet fly when you start pulling it towards the surface. It's almost as if they would rather take the challenge of chasing it to the surface before it gets away. Fishing right now is definitely more interesting than the plain months of the winter!!
Friday, March 5, 2010
After a cold and snowy winter here in North Carolina, I'm glad to say that warmer weather is here. This weekend is going to be absolutely beautiful. Asheville's 7 day forecast is glowing with 50's for the entire weekend. Tomorrow, temps will be in the lower 50's, decreasing as you gain elevation. Compared to 25 degrees and heavy snow, it's MUCH better. In fact, you probably won't see a cloud in the sky through the weekend. Monday will be even better, with low 60's. Of course, Boone and the northern NC mountains will be cooler, with mid to lower 40's tomorrow, climbing into the upper 40's on Sunday and lower 50's on Monday. Will the quill gordons start hatching this weekend? Well, I don't know if the water temperatures will be warm enough. Still, can't really rule out some loose, sporadic hatches, especially in the southern NC mountains (Asheville area) relatively soon. March is the month for quill gordons, blue quills, little black caddis and BWOS. Make sure you have a few flies to imitate these bugs at hand. You'll immediately notice a quill gordon. In the early Spring (sometimes late winter if it's warm) they'll be the only large mayfly hatching. They are also pretty clumsy and they're manner of flight is not really described as aesthetic. Right now, your best bet will be nymphs or streamers fished deep through runs and pools. A Prince Nymph or a Pheasant Tail Nymph should be the ticket on most streams. Copper Johns, Kaufmann's Stones, Copperback Stones, Woolly Buggers, Slumpbusters, etc should be fine. A fellow angler over on the forum reported that he caught 40 fish at Stone Mountain. He added that he caught a few on a Chernobyl Ant. You heard right, a Chernobyl Ant in the winter!! "The freshly stocked DH fish are about as dumb as they get," he said. If you show a Davidson River brown Chernobyl Ants in the winter, you're guaranteed to get skunked. It sometimes takes a lot of work to entice a Davidson River fish into eating a hopper pattern in the summer. Let alone the winter!!

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Enjoy the warmer weather if you can!! Forecasters say the cold will return unfortunately...

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