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Tyler Legg
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Thursday, August 19, 2010
The heavens opened up last night. It absolutely poured for several hours. The updated USGS WaterWatch maps tell the tale. There's only two yellow dots on the map, which indicate below normal flows. Every other river/stream is at or above normal. Short term relief has come! Most locales received at least an inch of rain, which really helps towards improving water levels. There were a few areas outside of the mountains that had 5" of rain literally dumped upon them in a matter of only a couple of hours. Some areas received a months worth of rain in one night. Now, as much as we need rain, a months worth of it in one night is going to cause problems. Flash flooding occurred in areas prone to flooding. With that being said, most mountain communities dodged the heavy, heavy rain, but did see some healthy totals.
 Fishing has improved immensely across western NC. Cooler weather is flooding into the Tar Heel State and anglers and fish alike are relieved. Rain/storm chances look to stay with us through the weekend. The northern NC mountains (Boone, Banner Elk, Alleghany Co. area) will see sunny skies tomorrow. The southern NC mountains (Asheville, Brevard, Hendersonville area) will continue to see storm chances tomorrow and through the weekend. Pack a wading jacket or rain coat and go fishing! If it starts raining, tie on a San Juan Worm or a terrestrial and start counting fish. Bugs are getting flushed into the streams from all of this rain and wind and the trout have been gorging on them. If the water is off color or stained, 4x-5x should be fine. If you aren't getting any strikes, downgrade to 6x. Unless you're fishing the Davidson, I wouldn't worry about 7x or 8x. Right now, my go to fly would with out a doubt be the Green Weenie. A yellow Stimulator will work well too. Tie on you're favorite dry attractor and hit a wild stream. It won't be too long though until Stone Mountain, Wilson Creek, Mitchell River, and the rest of the list of DH waters will be teeming with eager trout from October 1st until June. I'm looking forward to it. I've noticed in recent years the state has been stocking some very large fish into some waters. Wilson Creek always has fish that go 22,23,24 inches. I've hooked into some large, but not very colorful rainbows. I talked to a guy back in March at Wilson Creek who watched a 25" brown swim right in front of him. Most quality trout streams are 3 hours or more from Charlotte. That's about to change in about a month.

2 comments:

Lance Milks said...

Hey Tyler,

I too am awaiting DH to start again. With this summer being especially hot the fishing has been slow and uneventful.

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...

Fall needs to come quick!

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