- Tyler Legg
- Charlotte, NC, United States
1.) Today is the last day of March, which is still leaving me dumbfounded. April 1st is tomorrow folks...Where did the time go? Ready or not (I know I am) the summer fishing season is just around the corner. All of the flies anglers have tied over the long, cold winter will soon be put to the test from June until September. With the ongoing storms ringing in healthy amounts of rain, along with several snowstorms, this summer may shape up to be a lot better than last year's conditions. "Abnormally dry" is the status from roughly I77 east, and then from approximately the Pee Dee River east the drought has been contained. (areas adjacent to the coast are in an abnormally dry state...). Also, the hot temperatures NC has experienced in the summer has really affected the fisheries in the state. Basically, when the water temp rises to 70 or above, trout start dying. Without the rhododendron overhanging the streams, a lot of the trout simply would never make it through a summer. Rhododendron aren't just fly nappers, they keep those trout alive in the heat of the summers by providing shade.
2.) Fishing report~ Water levels are looking great if you plan on heading out to your favorite trout stream over the next few days. On warm days, the trout will be looking up. Dry flies to use include Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators, Quill Gordons (wet and dry), Blue Quills, Adams, Para Adams and most attractor dries (Trudes, Wulffs, etc). Nymphs~ Copper Johns, Lightning Bugs, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Red Fox Squirrel Nymphs, and even Y2K's and Pat's Rubber Legs. If you are still not catching any fish on these patterns, pull out a Fat Albert or something along the lines of a Fat Albert. Most fish have not seen these types of patterns since last Summer/early fall, so they may be willing to investigate the fly.
3.) Thankyou for stopping by and reading. Everyone have a good week and tight lines.
2.) Fishing will be great once the rain and storms are gone by Sunday. Water levels are high, but after a few days fishing will be exceptional. Most fish can be caught on large streamers as of now, due to the high water. Zonkers, Buggers, Galloup's Zoo Cougar's, Sculpzillas, Slumpbusters, etc should catch plenty. BWO's may also work, as the rain, warm air, and overcast skies tend to bring them out. Black Caddis are still out as well as Quill Gordons, Blue Quills, and a few brown stoneflies. If you can, try to stay on the bank and out of the water. This will minimalize the fish spooking from seeing you.
Here's a few selected stream flows:
- Davidson River @ Brevard...452 cfs (average is 192)
- Nantahala River @ Rainbow Springs...496 cfs (average is 317)
- Oconoluftee River @ Birdtown...916 cfs (average is 859)
- Watauga River @ Sugar Grove...173 cfs (average is 270)
- South Toe River @ Celo...477 cfs (average is 226)
- Mitchell River @ State Road...103 (average is 159)
- Tuckasegee River @ Bryson City...2,550 cfs (average is 2,810 cfs)
- Cataloochee Creek @ Cataloochee...153 cfs (average is 216)
All in all, most of the streams are looking good in terms of water levels.
3.) Thankyou for stopping by and reading. Everyone have a good weekend and tight lines.
Although rare, tornadoes do occasionally occur in the Tar Heel State.
Nice 10" brook trout from the East Prong
Following the church stretch of the river, we tried a spot I have always caught good numbers of fish, and after tying on 5x tippet and a San Juan Worm, I managed to entice this hefty 'bow into grabbing my offering. He put on quite a show, as he jumped out of the water and then hugged the bottom for the remainder of the fight.
The fish of the day...A 15" rainbow
Fishing the "Old church stretch" (Willow Creek Baptist Church)
All in all one of the best trips I've had in a while. Plenty of fish, nice weather, and the crowds where not that bad.
2.) PT nymphs, Lightning Bugs, BWO nymphs, stonefly nymphs, San Juan Worms, as well as any attractor dry/wet/nymph pattern have been working.
3.) If I do go tomorrow, I will post a report.
4.) Thankyou for taking the time to stop by and read...tight lines to all.
(Lead and possibly a black BH are needed)
2.) From what I I've seen as well as past experiences, Green Weenies are working well right now, as well as Quill Gordon nymphs/wets (maybe a dry). Isonychia Bicolors (Anglers use the Adams fly to imitate these) are sporadically hatching in a few spots across the mountains. Sticking with a nymph, be it a stonefly nymph, Lightning Bug, or PT nymph, you will likely have more success rather than presenting dries. Unless we see a good number of bugs hatching at one time and the trout enter a frenzy and become selective, nymphs are probably better to use.
Fishing Status: Poor (cold temps through mid week will slow the fishing down.)
1.) The Blizzard of March 1st has moved through the area and now has traversed out of the state. It's hard to believe that this storm originated in eastern Montana and progressed through the plains states, then through western Tennessee (where Memphis received a foot). Across the NC Piedmont, snow totals ranged from an inch to 10". Gaston county folks where underneath an intense and heavy snow band for at least 2-3 hours, which in return amounted to 9-10". Here in Cabarrus county we received 4" with a few communities receiving 5-6". Jim Cantore, affiliated with the Weather Channel was reporting live here in Charlotte, so it had to be a big storm. All in all it was a very beneficial snowfall, as the short term drought is better, and the long term drought is getting there. It will be another cold one tomorrow, although not as cold as today. We still have to get through tonight's FRIGID and I mean FRIGID temps. Tonight's lows will in general drop to the lower teens, and will range from about 10-15 degrees. Don't be too surprised if a few rural areas get down to the upper single digits (9 or so) by tomorrow. After the cold, the warmth will soon follow, and upper 60's to low 70's will be ushered in by late week. Fishing will improve soon!
2.) As the temps start to rise towards the middle of the week and especially late in the week, the fishing will improve. Still no sign of quill gordons, but seeing that the temps will be warm, this weekend may yield a few QG's. Really, the criteria for the start of the quill gordon hatch is at least 5 days of warm weather (water temps too) for the bugs to start coming off the water. Just carry a few QG patterns with you if you head out to the stream late this week.
3.) Thank you for stopping by and reading...I may have another post up tomorrow...
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