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Archive for January, 2011

Good Day of Nymphing…..

Mon…Jan. 31, 2011……Guiding Scott Larsen today and we are smokin’ ’em pretty good. The bead head gold nugget and blue ice nymph has killed them, landed 30-35 fish and one citation rainbow. Breaking for lunch and then more fishing……

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
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Cool and Cloudy…..

Mon…..Jan 31, 2011……cool, cloudy, and breezy this morning we are headed up to the hills. Looking forward to a great day today, guiding Scott Larsen today…..we will be fishing some new bead head patterns. Looks like some rain will be moving in later and that will only help us. Will post a report from the water later today…..have a blessed day.

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
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Summerfield, NC 27358
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Great Weekend for Being Outside…….

Sat…..Jan. 29, 2011……Incredibly warm weather, hard to believe its as warm as it is given all the cold weather we have had. Great weekend to be outside, many attended the Fly Fishing Show in Raleigh,NC. Taking the weekend off out of town to be with my father who is very sick.

Some great fishing to be had this week, will be on the water again on Monday guiding Steve Larsen of Winston-Salem—-with some more rainy weather coming I am expecting another banner day. Have a great one…

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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Mighty Soggy But Man Was It Good………

Wed….Jan. 26, 2011……..Good morning, hope your day is off to a great start. We had a banner day yesterday in some pretty nasty conditions. Guided Jim Beeson and Steve Batts in it and it was about the most unusual combo of nasty weather and great fishing you could have come up with. Our day started with heavy rain, ditches on the way to the river running high or high and red. A real mess, then it turned really cold and windy with rain/snow mix then to all snow….ending with light snow flurries. But the fishing was on fire.

I did what I always do when its like this, with the flow we fished heavy and on the bottom and with a two fly rig one large bright fly and a smaller bright dropper. It was the right prescription. First spot I put Jim on within 2 casts he was into a 20inch plus rainbow that he eventually would land. It was Steve’s first day flyfishing and he caught a fish on his first presentation. He would follow that with 7 more from that long riffle and would eventually finish with 28 fish and end the day with a 20inch citation rainbow of his own. Jim would go on to land 30 fish of his own, and all total 50 or 60 fish in what most would consider horrible conditions. The two standout nymphs were the Purple Haze and Blue Ice Bead Heads, we killed them on these and the largest fish of the day ate one.

And we enjoyed this and saw’0′ other anglers. The conditions are improving, a good many waters are high but most are fishable. Should be a great fishing week…..

Have a great one

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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Great Morning, Quite Soggy

Wed….Jan. 26, 2011…..cold, 36F, and heavy rain, no snow yet but its coming. Guiding Jim Beeson and Steve Batts today, had 25 fish so far. Caught one 20in plus citation rainbow, and th purple haze and blue ice nymphs are killing them. ……More to come…

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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Good Morning……Yuck on the Way

Tues…….Jan 25, 2011….a nice morning, cool it is, still giddy from yesterday’s East TN dry fly foray…….Wayne Vaughn, Brad Ball, and Rick Trautman joined me for the day and a great day it was. We fished the NC side of the mtns Mitchell/Avery county in the snow in a river half frozen over. Still caught 10-12 rainbows including one 16" fish by Brad Ball. Then we headed over to the TN side and enjoyed one heck of a blue winged olive hatch and put more than 40 fish in hand, from 12-18". It was fantastic. And its a daily possibility……want to enjoy some dead of winter dry fly fishing that will make you think its May already…..? Lets go fishing…

Looks like we have a potent and wet system headed toward us. Looks like a rain to rain snow event…….rain here to a mix, but all snow in the High Country. And with the system and the NW flow showers that usually follow the mtns could be in for another big one…..we’ll see. I will be up there guiding Jim Beeson and a friend. Looking forward to a nice day…

Have a great one…

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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Great Day of Dry Fly Fishing…….

Mon….Jan. 24, 2011……..Great afternoon of dry fly fishing, the blue winged olives came off as anticipated and we smoked’em pretty good. Used a variety of emerger patterns—did really well with one of my bwo sparkle tail patterns. We landed about 40-50 fish and all on dry flies. Was on the river with Wayne Vaughn, Rick Trautman, and Brad Ball and it was a blast. The generation schedule was a little wacky but the water was down by shortly after noon……perfectly timed for the hatch. We caught all our fish on #20/22’s except for a brief sulphur flurry. With that we had some success with a cdc sulphur pattern. It was a great day.

Looks like February is upon on us, have a few openings for folks wanting to get rid of the cabin fever and enjoy some fantastic TN Winter Dry Fly fishing and some winter hatches……I can put you on it.

Have a great evening…..hope we see some snow

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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Cold Morning in the Snow, Nymphing in the Snow…

Mon…..Jan 24, 2010…..Cold morning, 23F and snowing plus ice in the guides. We did ok, catching about 10 rainbows in an hour of fishing. Brad Ball landed the largest fish, a 16 inch rainbow. My golden nugget caught that fish and several others, and also caught some on a bead head purple haze. Just hopped back in the truck and are headed to TN to catch the blue winged olive hatch….More to come

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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Good Morning……….A Chilly Start

Mon….Jan. 24, 2011…….headed up the hill and its snowing like crazy, testing out some new flies, headed through Mitchell and Avery county where its snowing in a major way. Will fish on the NC side this morning, then we will be heading over to TN to catch falling water and hopefully a blue winged olive hatch. Am on the water today with Brandon Ball, Rick Trautman, and Wayne Vaughn. Should be a great day….More to come!

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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Good Morning………A Chilly Start

Mon …..Jan 24, 2011……….

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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Fantastic Day of Dry Fly Fishing …….

Sat…Jan.22, 2010………What started as a frigid day with temps in the teens and lots of rising fish ended that way. Dry flies, size 20, gloves, 7X, wild rising fish, some up to 19"……..does it get any better on a day this cold…..? Where else can you fish dry flies to lots of rising fish when its 19F…?

We had a pretty good hatch of size 20/22 blue winged olives, a smattering of sulphurs…..and we never had to open the nymph box…..it was game on.

Was guiding Alex Bruni today and he did a great job, I guess we put 30 fish or more in the net, the largest a brown that was 18-19". That is quite a fish on 7X and a size 22 dry. We also had several fish come off and several good ones break off, which is going to happen with light tippet and tiny flies.

Have a day off tommorrow to spend with the family then will be on the water again on Monday here again. With a major front headed our way and more snow I would expect the chance for more blue winged olives is pretty good. Looks like this coming storm could also be a doozy…

Have a great weekend and tight lines..

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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Great Day of Dry Fly Fishing in 19F……..

Sat……Jan. 22, 2011……….Great day of dry fly fishing and man is it cold. Guiding Alex Bruni today and we are smokin’ ’em, landed 20-25 and one 19" brown on a size 20 Jeffs BWO emerger. Tons of rising fish and ice in the guides…….but catching fish. More to come…

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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Loaded for Bear…….

Sat……Jan. 22, 2011……..Good morning , hope all is well, headed out this morning to the South Holston to guide Alex Bruni. We are expecting a good day, maybe some snow, there’s still a good bit lying around. Looking to get into some blue winged olives, midges, blackflies, and maybe a sulphur or two. Also we will be heaving some big stuff too—-Y2Ks, mega eggs, and some white jiggy streamers.

Its 16F and whew…..takes your breath away. Literally. Hope your Saturday is grand, will have a report later today from the river.

Tight Lines…..!

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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Mountain Snow Forecast…….

Thurs…..Jan 20, 2011…..This just in from Ray at Rays Weather in Boone. Yes its white but at least its light…….looks like a 1-3" event for most of our mtn areas where the fishing is. And it appears that no more than a dusting to 1" in the East and through the Foothills. A perfect snow to fish in…..Yaaaahoooo!

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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Big Thaw……Big but Short Lived….

Thurs……. Jan 20, 2010……We have had a big thaw and while its been a nice break it is going to be short lived. We have a front coming that will usher in more cold, moisture, and the opportunity for the mtns to get more snow. Some locations in the NC mtns have had between 105 and 125 inches of snow so far this year, and it still early.

I have been light on the fishing reports side with the less than favorable conditions—as of a few days ago a lot of waters were frozen over making fishing very difficult and barely possible in some cases. Most places now are ice free enough for fishing and the flows are excellent.

An update on the VA fishing license situation…. Your/our comments are being heard and have made a huge difference. VA is looking at backing down the increases and looking at some alterative proposals/small increase. Thanks for your willingness to write, call, and send emails…..it works!

We’ll be doing some major website update and editing today as well as finishing up a number of fly orders. I will be out on the water over the next few days and will have some reports to come!

Have a great Thursday…

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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News, News, and More News….

Tues…..Jan 11, 2010…..News..lots of it, we have been fishing but also digging out. What a ton of snow we have had for this early in the winter. Like two feet over the weekend (prompted us for Sat to quit early and head home)….we also had another 5-6 inches last night, and now a new winter storm warning for tonight through Thursday for another 6-12 inches….Incredible.

Have been doing a ton of flies and have some fly specials coming up….stay tuned for details. Also , there’s an important Virginia license issue that is on the table for 2011. Its a big one and if the proposal passes it will affect any nonresidents fishing VA…and in a very negative way. Here’s a link to a news plug I have sent out. Please take time to consider responding:

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs044/1101542382147/archive/1104228556798.html

Have a great evening and stay warm….!

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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Winter Storm Warning……Ya Think?

Sat . Jan 8, 2010………Unbelievable, whiteout conditions just like the Rockies…..the weather folks weren’t kidding, its unreal. Snowing and about 20-30ft visibility. Ought to be an interesting day of fishing….we’ll see

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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Another Early Start…..

Sat……Jan. 8, 2010…..Another early start, its a cool morning and snowflakes are flying yet again and there isn’t an immediate end in sight. Got in late from yesterday’s trip and drive was 1 hour longer than usual due to heavy snow/near whiteout conditions. I was guiding Marty Hurley and we fished late/til dusk and got into some huge rainbows at the end of the day–) like over 10lbs. The first bow is on this post, the last one was even larger and I almost didnt have enough net. I we ended up netting the fish in the dark as it gave Marty a fight that lasted 10 minutes or more. It was a fitting exclamation point on a fantastc day of fishing in the snow.

Headed out this morning into a full blown winter storm, guiding Mac Cheek and Alex Thorup and a friend of theirs—-looks like it will be another day fishing in the snow…..which suits me just fine…!

Today’s mtn forecast is for a Winter Storm Warning and Heavy Snow—-4-7" in the valleys and up to a foot on the mtns and west facing slopes…….I must be crazy. Yes, but that is fine as I have known that for a while….

But not to be left out—-we in the Piedmont are in the crosshairs for another winter event of our own coming Sunday through Tuesday…..and this setup is much like the Christmas day storm that gave us so much snow………Sweet…

Will be posting another live report from the stream…….27F, heavy snow, wading in 35F water…..what a delight.

Have a great weekend…!

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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Fantastic Day in the Snow

Fri…..Jan 7,2010………..great day of nymphing and streamer fishing, using new Jiggy streamers tied on a 90 degree hook and they worked well. We fished in fairly heavy snow showers all day. Landed over 40 fish and two at the end that were 10lbs…..Have another trip tomorrow guiding Alex Thorup and Mac Cheek…should be another great day. Have a great weekend..!

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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Good Morning….Snows n’ Bows

Fri…….Jan 7,2010…….Good morning so far, its snowing and we are into some fine rainbows…catching them on nymphs and egg patterns….Snow is picking up in intensity…more to come

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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Early It Is……..We are Va Bound….

Fri….Jan 7, 2010…….Headed out early, its chilly, and the snowflakes are flying— and guiding Marty Hurley today. Marty and I are headed to Callahan, VA to do a day trip and I am expecting a good day. Flows are good, all the ice is gone, and the fish are doing their thing. We are expecting some fishing in the snow as the forecast is for 60-70% snow chances and a high of 28F…..just my kind of day. Looks like we might have a doozy of a storm coming for Sunday through Tuesday. Have a great Friday……more to come later from the water…..

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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Winter Biz as Usual….

Tues….Jan 4, 2010……its Winter, today we got a break with mild temperatures…the mercury hit almost 55F here. Hard to get used to after snow being here for so long. Not to worry, a return to cold temps and snow is coming again. According to some folks it looks like we could have an interesting weather scenario for end of this week into next week……maybe more snow.

Had a great day on the water yesterday and right now fishing is great and nearly all waters are fishing well. Water levels are great, water temps are cool but the fish are eating….

Have a great evening

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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Pretty Eggcellent I’d Say….

Mon….Jan 3, 2010………Good morning and afternoon of action, water conditions are pretty good considering how much snow and rain we have had. Conditions are excellent, water temps in the mid 30sF. Some good results on a couple of new bead head patterns and some new egg patterns…..probably 40-50 fish in the net, all rainbows………. Had great luck with some bead head purple hazes (caddis), a bead head golden nugget, and some new split backs and egg patterns. Going to be a good fishing week with the stable weather before cold weather revisits us for the weekend—and more snow in the high country. Hope your day was fantastic and have a great evening…

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
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Nice Day But Chilly…….!

Mon……Jan 3, 2010……Good morning, chilly start to the day, headed up today to check conditions at a variety of places and also do some R & D fishing to test some new flies on some difficult fish. The water is high in a lot of places but flows will be coming down and fishing should again be excellent. Will have a report later today. Hope your New Year’s holiday was great and wish you all a great 2011…

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
"Where Fly Fishing is a Professional Passion"
3703 Windspray Court
Summerfield, NC 27358
336.944.3628
http://www.jeffwilkinsflyfishing.com

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