Fall Has Arrived Friends…..And I am Giddy…..
Wed. October 5, 2011…….. Other than the sheer joy of blowing mountains upon mountains of leaves Fall is one of my favorite seasons….for good reason. We usually have great dry fly and terrestrial fishing on all waters and the weather is, can I say, about as good as it gets. I guess one reason I like it so much is that it feels a lot like being out west. Lower humidity, nights in the 30s and 40s, daytime highs in the 60s and 70s, a minimum of bugs, and you can fish and hike without breaking a sweat….its fantastic. Just as each season has its highlights, fall is no different, and this time of year the main problem is deciding where you want to fish.
The opportunities are vast, and the experiences as different as night and day. Hatches of blue winged olives offering the season’s last mayfly smorgasbourd to the huge bait balls of glass minnows being run to the surface by marauding schools of albacore, spanish mackerel and bluefish, and then spawning browns and brookies….topped off with some of the best bass fishing of the year…..wow, how do you know where to begin? Its a hard choice, but all of them are good.
October 1 was the official opening of the Delayed Harvest season and good fishing is in store for the next several months as the state stocked large numbers of fish into our DH waters last week and the beginning of this week. Under normal water conditions, the fish are easy to catch …..but give them a week or two in the gin clear waters of fall and its a different story….time to bring out the lighter leaders, tippet, and small flies….. One of the most popular pages on our website is the ‘This Month’s Fly Box ‘ page, you can view it here . Every month we post a FREE printable Hatch chart as well, and you can view /print October’s Chart here . Its a good starting point to give you some ‘insider info’ on what you might encounter on the water, what sizes they are, and what fly matches them. Also, we have a FREE printable TN Tailwaters hatch chart coming as well.
Water conditions range from normal to low and clear on most area waters. The past rains did the streams well but we need more soon. Small streams are fishing well, dry flies and terrestrials are the ticket there. On the tailwaters, the word is BWO, that is blue winged olives, and better have some in the box. They are out and in full swing. The TN rivers are fishing well, even though the TVA moved from sluicing back to a normal release schedule. Its bwos and little olive caddises on the Watauga, with bwos coming in the afternoon (size 20). On the South Holston, its blue wings and sulphurs too, with bwo’s coming noon to early afternoon and sulphurs between 2 and 230pm. With the schedule right now, you can fish the blue wings and then catch sulphurs on falling water too.
Other area news includes some continued developments on the Jackson River lawsuit, you can read some of the details here . Hopefully some resolution will come of this as it stands to potentially set a precedent for future cases like it.
Getting ready for our final Fly Fishing 101 Class tonight and making preps for our upcoming field trip on Sat. 10/8. I will be doing a guided trip tomorrow with Mike McKee and John Eichorn who are from the RDU area, and I will follow that with two more guys on Friday, Malcolm Finlayson and Jim Rice- –also from the RDU area. Will be fishing some in McDowell and Mitchell Counties and also on the South Holston /Watauga. Next week and the few following weeks are nearly full with trips, so we’ll have some great reports to share with you.
Have a great day today……Tight Lines…!
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