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Tyler Legg
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Saturday, September 25, 2010

When the opportunity came for me to take off to the wild streams, I took it! I left early this morning bound for the wild streams. I was a little apprehensive about the impending cold front inching closer and closer though. Heavy rain and t'storms were forecasted for this afternoon in that area. Didn't want to get caught in the midst of a severe t'storm with a long hike ahead of me. The strong will for an adventure overcame my fears of being caught in a storm in the middle of nowhere.

Greeted by a refreshing slap in the face by long forgotten cool air, I began the day. The wild streams were extremely low. Haven't seen this particular stream this low before. Almost unreal. Seemed as if the brookies were migrating downstream in an attempt to find more water. The extreme headwaters were degraded to just a trickle. I found wild brookies in the main river, where wild rainbows were expected to be the main attraction. This drought has really hit us hard. With that being said, the fishing wasn't so bad. Stealth is the best weapon an angler can use on low, gin clear trout streams like these. Today was tough. If it wasn't for trout-tolerate air temperatures in the low 70's up there, I probably wouldn't have fished at all.

Fell short of an Appalachian Slam (1 brook, 1 brown, and 1 rainbow). Checked the first two off the list, but the most widespread trout in NC, the rainbow, eluded me on this trip.

I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story...
Clouds ahead of the cold front override the highest mountains in the eastern US, the Black Mtns.




The future...






Wild brookie caught well below the headwaters.
The South Toe at 9.7 cfs... Scary...

A South Toe wild brown.

The first t'storm in about a month (or more) ran me off the river early. I'm not bummed out about it at all. It was a welcome sight to see rain falling from the sky. More to come. Now we just sit back and watch the rivers rise instead of fall.

4 comments:

Brk Trt said...

Fine looking fish.
That last stream pic is like most of the ones I fish.

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...

It was getting pretty bad. Good to see you guys receive some rain up that way. Tropical system is set to move up the eastern seaboard, so we'll likely see some additional rainfall.

Owl Jones said...

What a great blog! I found it through ole TNSwede's blog. That looks like a very interesting green weenie you got there - did you tie that up yourself? I like the idea of adding some movement via the hackle. Anyway, just enjoying reading your posts. Tight Lines and Fat Trout,
owl

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...

Owl,

Thanks for the kind words! Appreciate it!

That's actually one of my crazy ideas: the Extended Body Inchworm. Designed it back in July and it hasn't let me down yet! It's currently up on the Caster's Online Fly Shop...

http://www.castersflyshop.com/onlineflyshop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=220_275&products_id=1542

Tyler

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