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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Mt. LeConte, located in Great Smoky Mountains Nat'l Park is the Park's third highest peak, behind the second highest, Mount Guyot and the highest, Clingman's Dome. The 6,593 ft peak received the most snow in October since 1979 - 3 inches. It won't be long (I'd say in the coming weeks) before other high peaks along the NC/TN border receive some snow. I'm a bit surprised Mt. Mitchell only received a trace. Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak in eastern North America has seen snow in all 12 months of the year according to records. Matter of fact, Mt. Mitchell is sitting at 32.7° right now. All we need is some moisture. Snow is the best remedy for an ongoing drought. The ground isn't bombarded with liquid. Instead, the ground is slowly fed moisture as the snow melts.While the rain we received recently helped, it only does so much.

Both pictures courtesy of the High On LeConte blog

Delayed Harvest (DH) waters are looking great. I've been hearing of some excellent days out on the water. Just about any pattern will catch fish. It's early, the fish have been in the streams for only a few days and they've yet to accumulate any knowledge of patterns. Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Hare's Ears, Zug Bugs, San Juan Worms, Adams, an Elk Hair Caddis, or even a #10 Woolly Bugger, will catch fish. Stick with a longer leader (9ft) and relatively light tippet (5x-6x). Lighter tippet sinks faster than heavier tippet, so you'll have the added advantage of getting that fly down to their level quickly. 6x sinks at a much more rapid pace than 1x. It's a physics thing. If you get out on the water, tell us how you do in the comments section below the post!

Here's the Stocking updates below. The NCWRC updates the info here every Friday at noon during DH season. According to the NCWRC, the following streams are full of fish and are ready to go...

County Stream
Transylvania EAST FORK (DH)
Wilkes STONE MTN. CREEK (DH)                               


Anonymous said...

killed it on the watauga today. wollybugger did it. they didnt even look at another pattern, and i tried them all. both valle crusis and up 105 are great. i yanked out a 22 incher this morning. love that DH. tight loops fellas

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...

Anon- Nice! Good to hear the Watauga is looking good. Those 22 inchers will make your heart beat! Especially on a DH stream!

Bill Trussell said...

I can remember the first time my wife and I and kids went up on Clingman's Dome, they were in Jr. High School and we had made the trip for the weekend to spend in the mountains. We decided to go to C Dome in the morning so we would have more time to do some things in the afternoon--this was in August and we never dream it would be so cold there during that month, the wind was blowing and the clouds were below us which made for an unforgettable view, I though we had all enter heaven, it was to beautiful. I will never forget that view. The mountains hold a special place in my heart. Thanks for sharing this info. Bill

Brk Trt said...

Thats a pretty sight.

I love the Llama.


Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...

@Bill- When the clouds and rain roll in it can get downright chilly for a summer afternoon! Great way to beat the heat when the surrounding areas are baking in 90 degree heat.

@BT- It certainly is!

Lance Milks said...

Spent the day in SMSP yesterday. I cannot even explaine how good of a day I had. It got to the point where I had caught so many fish (every second or third cast) that when I noticed three ladies on the stream and found they had not had much luck, I not only gave up my spot but told them how to rig, with what flies, and where to cast. Needless to say they had a great day after that. I spent at least two hours just watching them fish it was awsome!

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...

Saw that you caught a few browns as well! Sounds like a fantastic trip!

The Average Joe Fisherman said...

As nice as your pictures are, I still am not ready for snow. The older I get the more I think I live in the wrong state! =_)

The Average Joe Fisherman

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...

Might not get much this year according to the 2010-2011 winter outlooks! Of course, taking those long range predictions with a grain of salt is wise.

To me, mid 60's with lows in the 40's is perfect! Not too cold, not too hot. I guess anything other than 95 degrees and high humidity is much better.

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