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Tyler Legg
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Monday, May 9, 2011

Rivers all across WNC are looking great! Flows are right where they should be and temperatures, both air and water, are right on the money. Temperatures across WNC are ranging anywhere from the 60s in the higher elevations (mainly above 4,500 ft) to the lower 80s in the mountain valleys. The forecasts for a hot week with many areas approaching 90 in the Piedmont on several days, has faded away. The "heat axis" has stayed mainly on the other side of the Apps over in Vol Country. My old summertime stomping grounds of southeast TN will be in the lower 90s Wednesday. If you're fishing the Hiwassee, or heading up to the Tellico, stay cool! Overall, simply fantastic fishing conditions. With that being said, t'storms are in the forecast throughout the week, so keep an eye on the forecast. Tomorrow looks dicey. Especially across the western portion of the state. Large hail, damaging winds, and heavy rain are the main threats with any angry storms that fire off. Rivers will likely rise with any passing storms. Like we've seen recently, they'll recede quickly though. Still, if you notice the river rising, play it smart! I've seen the Davidson rise a foot in less than 2 hours. It was sunny at the hatchery, but a severe storm upstream sent water rushing downstream in a hurry. Great fishing when the water is muddy, but it can be treacherous. Best to stay on the banks and rip a streamer through the pools.

Nymphs in the morning and dries in the evening is the ticket. Tie on a Yellow Stimulator in the evening and start counting fish. Right now, the evening hours don't bring only cooler temperatures and lower light. A lot of the hatches we see are almost always centered around the evening hours. Not all, but a good amount are. Sulphurs, Light Cahills, Green Drakes, Yellow Stones, and Green Stones (just to name a few) hatch in the late afternoons and through the evening hours. During the day, the fish are going to be targeting mainly nymphs, although terrestrials such as beetles, ants, and inchworms, will usually get them to look up. The consistent warm weather this week will cause the terrestrials to really move.

The 13 year (Brood XIX) cicadas are emerging and you'll hear them pretty soon. WCNC chief meteorologist Brad Panovich said they're starting to emerge and buzz in the Pineville area. Folks up in the Triad have reported them, amongst many other people around the Piedmont. They'll be out in full force, drowning any other ambient noises within a 3 miles radius. Small, but loud bugs! NC State says the XIX brood should emerge in pockets across the state, except the coastal plain. We'll see we're they end up. If they start emerging in the western Carolinas, get ready. The fish go absolutely crazy. Especially the smallies. Drop a big cicada pattern under overhanging trees on the French Broad and watch the fish fight over it. Large trout will also tackle cicadas, but by far smallies are known to munch on them more frequently.

2 comments:

Mike said...

Them XIXers are shaking the woods here in the Piedmont. It's an amazing and eerie sound.

Tyler Legg said...

I haven't heard any yet here in Cabarrus County, but I guess it's just a matter of time. They're surroundin' me from all directions!

From what I've heard, it's just a continuous buzz. Much more different and unique.

Keep some ear plugs handy,

Tyler

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