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Monday, February 7, 2011

It looks like we will be greeted with some well above average temperatures next week. The meteorologists have been hinting at a relatively big warm up. Right now it doesn't look like spring will arrive early though. Just a week of warm weather before possibly diving back into winter. We'll likely see several more snow chances before finally welcoming spring. Warmer weather will make for some much better fishing next week. We still have to get through this week, which looks to be quite cold and at times, snowy. Weather.com's ten day is of little use past about 4 days, so I wouldn't put too much stock into the upper 40's to near 50 degrees early next week. We'll see what happens. Keep your fingers crossed this potential warm up will come to fruition.

Fishing here in WNC is slow, as we've seen most of the winter. The fish are reacting to the cold weather by laying down deep and taking it slow. Catching them is not out of the question though. You just have to change your tactics in order to entice fish. Make sure your nymph is getting down to the fish. If you're not catching fish or you're not getting hung up every now and then, keep adding weight (split shot or a beadhead nymph). As far as flies go, selection isn't that important. Trout in western NC are opportunistic feeders and quickly make meals out of anything that remotely acts and looks like food. Make sure you present the fly in a manner that imitates the natural (a tiny Baetis mayfly naturally lands softly on the water's surface with little in the way of ripples and a small nymph drifts with the current).

On most waters, a 9-12ft flourocarbon leader with 5x tippet is perfect. On the Davidson River, where arguably the smartest trout in the state reside, a 12ft flouro leader with 6-7x is best.

If you head out anytime soon, have fun and tell us how you do!

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