Thurs. Mar. 6, 2014….Spring is knocking in our door right…? Or I think I said something like "I think spring weather will be here soon. ..". Well, forget I said that. Had a guided trip today and it was chilly, well, cold if you want to know the truth. It never got above mid 30sF and we had a stiff wind. Only saw one blue winged olive. No other bugs. One rise all day…….
That was all the negative……because we did very well. Ahead of an incoming winter storm….yet another one…..we had excellent nymph fishing even though the water temp was about 36F. We even stripped a few streamer fish to net.
I guided Alexander Adzima, Boone, NC, who is a student at App State. We were in the water about 915 am and it was game on the second cast. Alex caught 2 citation brookies….One handsome hook jawed male and one obese female….I stopped counting fish at 25. We probably had twice that number to net and a lot of others that came off with a headshake.
It was great. We caught rainbows, browns, and brookies, and did well on several new fly patterns. They were, quite simply, lethal. Several new rubber leg frauds and a new Dead Squirrel tied on a 90 degree jig hook both were deadly…..the Squirrel so much so that I remarked to Alex that fly is so effective in so many places and so consistent…..it’s kind of like bacon is to us. So I guess it’s kind of like trout bacon. Bacon in any context…quite simply, is superb. Right? All I know if they love that fly.
Alex and I finished up about 40 pm and I took him home and then headed home myself. Heavy snow and sleet the whole way back…..things could be interesting for tomorrow’s trip. I am scheduled to guide Greg Adzima, Alex’s dad. The trip is a go……albeit tentatively at this point.
Hope we can get to the water and that this Winter storm isn’t too bad. Fishing is great and I’d hate for us to miss it…..As well as likely miss having the water all to ourselves. That would be a gift.
Have a great evening and stay warm. Time to go tie a few of those bugs….
Jeff Wilkins FlyFishing
3703 Windspray Ct
Summerfield, NC 27358
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