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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Rain has arrived. In copious amounts that is. A strong cold front is advancing eastward, dumping rain on much of the southeast. In return, the rivers here in WNC are responding in a big way. Check out the stream levels here. The Davidson was at 992 cfs around 5:30 this evening. I just checked it again and the D is now at 2,410 cfs. The Davidson should be around 88 cfs or so. The D isn't the only river that has been spiking. The South Toe, which looked like this during my last trip to that area, is the complete opposite. Currently, the S. Toe is sitting at 2,580 cfs and quickly rising. Not the dry, 9cfs "river"  I saw back in late September. We still have a decent amount of rain that has yet to move in.

If you're planning on venturing out in an attempt to hook up with a large brown, be extremely careful! Fishing from the bank is best until the rivers look better. Wading right now is flat out dangerous. High, swift water will knock you off of your feet with ease. Not to mention potentially stained or muddy water, which can obstruct your view of the river bottom. I'd imagine the rivers will cool off in time for the weekend.

Early next week looks very interesting. We may be looking at a potential winter storm here in the Carolinas according to many sources. It's way too far out to nail down any specifics, but there's a chance. Allan Huffman, a meteorologist over in Raleigh, explains the possibilities here amidst confusing weather terms and weather talk. It could be a major snowstorm or it could be completely dry with sunny skies. With that being said, we need all of the precipitation we can get. Long range forecasters say that January through March looks somewhat dry. Next summer could be bad in terms of drought and low water. Just my 2 cents.

The Davidson just rose 460 cfs in 20 minutes. Now up to 2,860 cfs. Excuse me while I build an ark...


Mark said...

Man, can you imagine what the D looks like right now at 2,800 cfs? The Chattooga is very similar and its at 3,420 cfs and rising.

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...

It's insane. I've fished it when it was high, but not this high. Still some more rain heading into that area.

Owl Jones said...

Could mean bigger browns in the next 4 or 5 years. Or, could mean nothing.
I think since the real droughts of the last 10 years, the weather folks have become accustomed to saying " drought" any time there isn't significant rain for a few days. Hopefully, it won't get that bad again. As for snow and ice...yeeeesh. Starting a bit early this year. Not fun.

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...

Could be the case. I'm worried that the high waters swept the redds/eggs away. It doesn't take much to do so. May not have as many browns/brooks next year if that's the case.

Looks like that snowstorm early next week won't come to fruition. Snow for the mountains (up to 5" in some northern WNC spots) is forecasted.

Bill Trussell said...

I know that large streamers catch large trout, if you were fishing the Caney in the spring what would be the top 3 streamers you would be using. My son-in-law and I are planning to float the Caney in the spring and hope to fish some areas that are not pressured a lot. We will fish a lot of cover to try to lure some bigger fish out of hiding. Enjoyed the post.

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...

Hey Bill,

In the Spring I would use the following:

#10 Woolly Bugger (white, olive, black, etc)
#8-10 Zonker
##6-10 Leech

Good luck!

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