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Tyler Legg
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Monday, September 19, 2011

The weather as of late has been highly variable, unseasonal, and really, just plain unusual. Late last week, a cold front swept through, erasing the hot, muggy conditions we've all grown so accustomed to. Behind the front, a meteorological phenomenon called cold air damming, or the dreaded "wedge" took hold. Discover what cold air damming is over on the Carolina Weather Blog. I'm confident we are done with the 90s across WNC. 80s will be considered "warm", 70s will be considered normal, and 50s/60s will be considered "cool"for the time being.

Technically, Fall starts Friday, although I think it's safe to say summer ended last weekend. Temperatures are on their way down. We should start seeing the first snow flakes of the season across the highest terrain next month.

The cooler temperatures are definitely welcomed by the fish (and us humans). The cooler weather will gradually give way to warmer temps as we progress throughout the week. With that being said, unsettled weather is expected over the next few days as the battle of the cool and warm airmasses ensues. The fishing conditions will likely go up and down as a result. If you are out on the river, keep an eye out for rising water this week. With storms in the forecast, water levels could rise with little to no warning.

Terrestrials continue to work well across the Carolinas. Beetles and ants are probably the most widespread, but a hopper or inchworm will almost always produce. The terrestrials will continue to be common until the first frost kills them off. Depending on the location, the first frost can occur anywhere from late September through mid November. Higher elevations usually see the earliest first frosts. I would carry some terrestrials with you for another month (give or take a week) depending on the weather. Keep an eye out for green caddis. They are starting to hatch, which means fall is moving in. A #14-20 Green Elk Hair Caddis should work well. Drop a small #16-22 soft hackle behind the EHC if you'd like. As far as nymphs go, Copper Johns, Pheasant Tails, Princes, Lighting Bugs, Hares Ears, Red Fox Squirrel Nymphs, Caddis larvae, and most other generic nymphs should bring fish to your net.

Delayed Harvest waters will be stocked soon. Most will be full of trout over the course of next weekend. I will post the stocking schedules as they are updated. If you're a diehard DH angler, hang in there, DH is on the way!


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