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Archive for February, 2010

Snows Over…..At least for a day or two

We aren't going to have to endure much more of this....spring is just around the corner. Right?

Sunday Feb 28, 2010….the last day of the month and what a month it has been.  The snow ended across much of the high country around 11am /noon today and tonight is supposed to be clear and cold though not as cold as it has been.  We’ll get about a day and a half break before the next round of winter weather headed our way on Tuesday.  Fishing area wide has been pretty good despite all the snow, rain, runoff, the water in most places is clear despite it all and some areas aren’t as high as they were, looking like normal early spring conditions.  Water temps range from low 30’s at high elevations to about 38-39F down in the valleys.  Right now a variety of flies are working, the same stuff we’ve been touting – the typical egg patterns, Y2k’s, Y3k’s, SJ worms, Banana princes, etc., but some bugs are beginning to hatch and that will be even more the case as the water temps rise to 40F and beyond.  Blue Winged Olives, Black Winter stones, and black caddis have all been active, especially on warmer days/afternoons, most of these are size 18.  If you see rising fish and they are splashing and slashing that is very likely what is being taken.  Otherwise, using one of the patterns above tandem rigged with a smaller pattern of some sort like a Zebra Midge, Rojo, Copper Rojo, Miracle Nymph, etc.  with usually the ‘small and dark’ part being what’s important.  We’ll see what the next round of winter weather brings…….good fishing

Jeff

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More Snow…..

Sat Feb 27, 2010……it keeps coming, Grayson Co Va, Carroll Co. Va., Ashe Co. Nc, Watauga and Avery counties Nc all still under Winter Weather advisory with temps in the 20s and accumulating NW flow snow showers through noon sunday w/total accumulation 2-6", West slopes more. Trade, TN has over a foot and a half of new snow. Fishing conditions are good for the most part, Y2KS Y3Ks zebra midges, peachy roe and early girl egg patterns, and large dark stones all catching fish.

Jeff

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Great GA Trip and Now Its Cold and Snowy…

Thurs Feb25, 2010…..Wow, all I can say. Most waters in Far western NC and N SC and N Georgia in great shape, today it was 14F this morning and snow, we are driving back in snow. We had good fishing and caught probably 25-30 fish yesterday and about 20 of them over 5 lbs and several over 10lbs, and we had several make blistering bonefish runs including a few that got 15-20yds into the packing. Can’t wait to post report and pics, water was high and clear temp 46-48F. Caught them on Egg Patterns and large Zonker and Jeff’s Rabbit Strip Special patterns, Wooly Buggers fished deep. Saw a few risers, the black caddis had gotten started and the fish were taking them but we didnt get any on dries. We did not fish today due to temps in the low teens and snow, it was windy (gusts to 40mph)….it was really nasty. Several places were now fishable and fishing well including the Toccoa, the Tallulah Creek/Tallulah Gorge, the Upper and North Fork Soque, Panther Creek,etc. The entire area this morning was under a Winter Storm Warning and it was snowing hard…stay tuned for more via our site at http://www.jeffwilkinsflyfishing.com .
Thanks,

Jeff

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Great Action Just Before Dark…

Tues Feb 23,2010……The Soque is in great shape, we caught 4 or 5 fish just before dark, 3 of them over 10lbs, Larry Pritchett had one on that was between 12 and 14lbs. Caught them om Y2Ks, Bunny Bugs, Conehead Zuddlers, etc. Water is clear, about 20%high, and around 44F.

Jeff

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Nice….

Tues Feb 23,2010…..just in GA crossed the Tallulah River, near Tallulah Gorge and Talullah Falls, GA and how nice level and clear
Not to mention sunshine and 53F

Jeff

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Cloudy, Mild, But Looks Wet

Tues Feb 23,2010…..Looking like some moist weather, man the snow is melting a lot, almost gone until you get to Asheville. Still lots of snow up high, but many waters look ok in terms of level and color. Much of Ashe and Watauga *counties are fishing fair, water is up but clear. Many New River tribs are high and muddy but clear up more and more the further you go up the drainage. Helton is somewhat muddy especially on its lower end, but some fishing to be hadm. Water is 33 to 38F in most waters, fish caught on larger nynphs with tons of weight and egg patterns, Y2ks, Y3ks, SJ worms, and smaller patterns/midges in clearer water. I am about halfway to Clarksville, GA and will be at our destination soon hopefully. The guys will be testing their mettle on some 8 to 15lb browns and rainbows. Have a great day….Stay tuned…..

Jeff

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Messy, Great Day to be a Duck

Mon Feb 22,2010..its been raining in the hills this morning but water cond in most places still pretty good,the water gets up the further west and southwest you go as more sigificant melt has occurred there. Blue wings have started on a lot of waters, have seen them the past several trips and I expect to see them more and more. The Smith in VA gets a decent hatch of #18’s on the special reg stretch during the first few weeks of March….

Jeff

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Wow….60F

Sat Feb20,2010…..just finished a lesson out at Summerfield Park Lake, 60F and nice…feels weird kind of like out in the Rockies…its nice, sunny, kind of warm, and still snow lying around everywhere. Did a lesson with JB Buhrman who is studying/working on his Casting Instructor Certification. Temps are nice here, from low 40’s to almost 50 in the mtns, and the melt has begun a little.

Weather reports are that a return to winter by end of week is coming….maybe even a winter storm. Hope it waits, I will be guiding a GA trip to Clarkesville and McCaysville, GA fishing on the Soque and Toccoa Rivers. Should be a great first part of the week to fish in our mtns
Before a return to highs in 20s and lows in teens. Enjoy the warmth while its here and good fishing!

Jeff

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Warmup Coming….

Thurs Feb 18,2010 …..looks like quite a warm up coming. We might even scratch 50F in the mtns. Have not seen that since 1st wk in December. We only need about 10-12 " of snow to set a new record for snow in the mtns for most snow since record keeping began. Another foot of snow would mean that some areas have gotten over 9 feet of snow…yes that isnt a typo…9 feet….wow. Most waters are in great shape and flowing clear again and water temps are 33-38F roughly depending upon elevation. As long as it warms up a little and we get a slow melt we’ll have some good fishing in the coming days. Good luck if you head out

Jeff

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Great day in the snow….

Dry Fly Fishing in the Snow and 20 Degrees...Mighty Sweet

Feb 16,2010….630pm…Just got off the water with Dr Tom Wolff, we had a super day of “snishing”  and caught over 60 rainbows from 10 to 20 inches and caught at least half of them on dry flies, and most of them were rising. There were a few midges and blue winged olives coming off, and the fish were eating them.  We snapped off three beasts that were well over 20″, the guides, rod tip, and at times the reel was frozen which made things tough to negotiate at times.    It was cold, air temps were in the low 20’s all day, winds were light, and it snowed on and off on us all day long. Shot some cool video clips too that will be posted today/tomorrow, some of them dry fly takes….Winter time, 20 degrees, dry flies…..doesnt get any better than that

Jeff

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