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Tyler Legg
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Monday, June 21, 2010
 It has been downright oppressive outside. Heat and humidity combine to create an unpleasant, sticky, soupy atmosphere. I'm in Hillsville, Virginia for the week, so while it's not as hot as the lowlands, I'll tell you the climate doesn't alter as much as you'd think up here. With heat in mind, we decided to go up high. 3,000 feet ASL is high enough. I fished the small mill pond on the Blue Ridge Parkway I frequent. As is usual this time of the year, it fished exceptionally well today. After a few casts I began my quest to rob the pond of it's booty catch a few fish. After being guided to the pond by the flock of resident white ducks begging for bread and insurance (Aflac!) and I was casting to bass and bluegill as the sun went behind the trees. I had two rods, one rigged with a streamer and one rigged with a small Tiger Beetle. The streamer was the first to get wet, as I watched a pretty good sized bass cruising and obviously on the lookout for potential food items. I intercepted his projected path. Strip, strip, stop...strip, strip, strip, stop...strip, str...bang. He decided to slurp my offering with a little hesitance. I set the hook and he took off in a mad rage. A moment later, he was landed, had his picture taken, and was released (first two pictures). Shortly after releasing him, I was hooked into another fish, roughly the same size as the first one. They tend to be pretty selective and look over what they're about to eat with extreme caution. I watched one large fish slowly turn to meet my streamer, refuse it, and sink back to his lie. Sounds like the Davidson. Pretty typical of these fish. Oddly enough, I'm really the only one pressuring the fish. I saw one person fishing this pond 6 years ago. That's it. My grandparents used to live in the development close to the pond, so they have connections. It's my all-time favorite warmwater destination in the area. I'm fishing it again all day Friday, so more to come! Until then, I'm tying more Foxy Reds and Zonkers.



Caught a plethora of these familiar fish...

The release (I was soaked after this).




3 comments:

Bill Trussell said...

Hi Tyler
Anytime you can catch bream or bass on the fly it is fun. What was the temp 3000 ft. up? I am giving you a report on the nymphs you mailed me. I went to the Caney today with an individual who wants to become a potential guide on the Caney. He was in his drift boat and I got invited to kind of tag along. He was mainly scouting the Caney for potential sites to carry clients. I am sorry to say I lost the first nymph in a large log jam and never recovered it. He fished the better part of the day with a spin cast and a trout magnet moving at fast pace. It made it difficult to fish the nymph properly. We saw some fantastic trout but none was taking anything, especially dries. I will be going back in July to wade which is my favorite way to fish the Caney.

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...

Hey Bill,

It was definitely a fun evening! The temps were in the mid 80's up at 3,000 ft, so better than the 90's down in the lowlands. I'd say water temps were in the mid 70's.

I can see the fish being very lethargic and not feeding as much as you'd think. This heat is working against the fish and the fisherman! Hopefully the heat will go away and the fishing gets better.

By the way, if you find those nymphs to be successful and you need any more, give me a shout and I'll be glad to send some more down your way.

Tyler

Bill Trussell said...

I feel the nymphs will be a great fly especially with an indicator. I will get to fish it properly at the Caney in a couple of weeks. I found out one thing about the float trip--I had much rather be wading--why because you have so more freedom in being really selective as to where you want to throw that fly. We passed up some great looking steams yesterday because we were moving so fast down river, and therefore I didn't get to fish the way I normally fish that type of area. Thanks for the offer and I may take you up on getting some more if I can get to fish these correctly.

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