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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Good news and bad news. The good news is the fact that Meteorological Spring started yesterday. The bad news is that technically Astronomical Spring doesn't arrive until March 20th. Even though we've entered the period in which meteorologists consider the spring season, we still do, and likely will, see more cold and potential snow before April. The snow will likely be confined the mountains, if it snow occurs. We occasionally do see snow in the Piedmont well into March. The weather geek in me says cold yes, but another big snowstorm, probably not. We've seen enough snow this year. I don't know about you guys, but I'm looking forward to Cicadas buzzing, thick, green foliage along the river, bountiful terrestrial insects, and summer fishing. Once we start hearing the cicadas, summer is in full force. We've got a while though, so enjoy the occasional 70s and 80s we've seen thus far. By July you can tack on another 10-15 degrees to those numbers.

While we are looking forward to consistently warmer weather, we should also be worried about the drought. So far, cold fronts have been our only source for rain. The cold front that moved through Monday dropped decent amounts across a good chunk of NC, but we still have a ways to go. We need to start racking up as much precip as we can. Once summer rolls around, the drought tends to get worse. Last summer I was fishing the South Toe River. 9 cfs at one point in July. Keep your fingers crossed we don't see a replay this summer. We probably will though, as history tells us summer is the season for low and warm water.

If you venture out to the trout stream in the coming days, you won't be greeted with 70s for temperatures. We have transitioned back to normal temps in the 50s. Nymphs are working best right now, as are streamers. Trout will be feeding on what they can find below the surface more than what's on top. So far, I haven't heard of any major hatches, but it's just a matter of time. Quill Gordons and Blue Quills have been reported, but nothing substantial just yet. We'll see them first on the lower stretches of most waterways. With time, they'll hatch in the higher elevations as the water warms. Snow pack is nonexistent here in the Tar Heel State. That definitely helps when it comes to warming the streams up. Snow melt is of course very cold. It can significantly lower a stream's water temperature. Now that the snow is melted, we can anticipate the water warming with time.

Lastly, if you are planning on attending Troutfest 2011 in Townsend, TN in mid May, you'll need to get lodging taken care of soon. Especially if you plan on staying in and around Townsend. Rooms go fast. If you aren't familiar with Troutfest, here's the scoop. Troutfest is one of the largest venues for fly anglers in the Southeast. The banquet is on Friday May 14th and the exposition is the 15th and 16th. Troutfest and fishing in Great Smoky Mountains Nat'l Park is worth the trip for sure. I'll be at Troutfest, both as a tying demonstrator and spectator. Looking forward to it!

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