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Archive for January, 2012

Things are Clearing Up…..

Sat…..Things are finally beginning to drop and clear up after the previous two days of storms. Almost all NC waters will be fishable levels by tonight or early tomorrow. SW VA waters and TN tailwaters it will still be a few days and TN tailwaters perhaps longer. Still working around a computer issue and am a little behind on catching up on messages and hopefully will be caught up by tomorrow.

Hope your Sunday is great….!

Jeff

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Lots of Rain…….Some Areas Barely A Trace….

Fri….Jan. 27, 2012………Had a 3 day guided trip scheduled with Bob Manning, Sonny Lackey, and Randy Jackson. We were headed to SW VA to fish private water and the TN taikwaters and some small streams in the area, we postponed due to high water from the past two days. SW VA and our Northern and Southern mtns here in NC got a good soaking in the way of 1-2" of rain. Central Mtns like in Caldwell, Burke, Catawba counties……these places it was real hit or miss. By late in the day Saturday or Sunday things .

Have a great weekend……

Jeff

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New Year is off with a Bang….A Wet Bang That Is….

Wed….Jan. 25, 2012……Looks like some wet weather coming as I talked about earlier today.  We have been working through a computer hard drive crash….like a brand new laptop hard drive crash…..like having our legs cut off.  Great fun!   I have been playing catch up to get our first Newsletter of the New Year out…and it looks like I will just get it out before the deadline of Jan 31 I had imposed upon myself.  But at any rate, its got a ton of info in it, perhaps more than I have ever put out in a newsletter.  You can check it out  here .

Have a couple of specials, one is a Y2K Fly Assortment….and I am offering this  Y2K specials again per customer request.  By far one of our best big fish flies….plus a great top fly in a double nymph rig setup.  Also one of the best high water patterns you can use.  You get 12 of these great bugs in size 12, four each of three of our top colors:  Watermelon/pink, Watermelon/Chartreuse, Golden/McCheese.  Total for these is $19.40 which is flies plus sales tax and I will ship for FREE.  If you purchased these anywhere they’d be $25 by the time you add tax, that is if you can find them.  They are great flies, pictured below…  Click Here to Purchase

I also get a ton of requests for the yarn I use to tie eggs and Y2K patterns.  To me, there’s only one yarn for that, and I have used it for years.  It is McFlyfoam.  Here’s a mini assortment of colors, enough to tie about three dozen flies, maybe more that varies from tyer to tyer.  This assortment has these colors, the ones we use most often here…..Watermelon/Cerise, Chartreuse, Illiam pink, Golden, McCheese, and Early Girl.  This stuff used to be hard to find….not anymore.  With each order I’ll include the downloadable/printable recipe sheets for a Y2K pattern at no extra charge.   Total is $4.95 plus tax ($5.33) and I will ship for FREE …even with multiple packs.              Click Here To Purchase

Here’s A Bit About the Full Fishing Scoop Area Wide…

Wild Waters/DH Waters
Like the past month, DH waters have been fishing great while wild waters have been fishing pretty good too, if at all, warmer winter temps have produced viable fishing opportunities on wild waters from late morning/midday to late afternoon when the water temps rise a little.   No need to get out early, sleep in and start fishing at 10:00am and beyond if you are fishing a wild stream at higher elevations.  DH waters, on the other hand, have fished well all day long.  If cold weather ever sets in for a while we will find fishing from 10/11am on to be the best time on DH waters too.   Try the usual suspects, small bead heads (copper johns, pheasant tail bead heads, hares ears, old standbys),little winter black stones  stonefly nymphs, small wooly buggers (dead drifted), small egg patterns, and two fly rigs with a midge dropper.  Fish slow, concentrate on the deep holes, forget the riffles.  As cold as its been your fishing is to be found where its deep and slow.  Also a good time to drift Y2K’s, nuclear eggs, Mc Eggs and standard egg patterns.

VA/TN Tailwaters
In VA, the Smith River has been fishing fair and very few other anglers, that is when you can get on the river, and there’s some fishing to be  had between generations during this week,with through the week schedule, that is through the 27th, they are generating from 5am-11am and 4pm til 11pm. No generation planned for Sat and Sunday.  In town in the stocked water Egg patterns, bead heads, Y2K’s in pink and orange shades, and Elk Wing Caddis #18 on top with a small bead head dropper (small copper john in red or chartreuse or black, or #20 Zebra Midge) should work well on the stocker rainbows and browns.  In the special regs area, try small bead heads w/a small dropper of some sort, early on,  Quasimodo PT’s size 18,20, Micro Mayfly Olive 18/20/22.  You will see smaller BWOs’ in size 24/26 (Pseudocloeon), midges, and maybe a few #18 winter black stoneflies, and if you encounter rising fish its quite likely that is these are what they are eating.  Remember to always double check as the schedule can change at any time and the Corps of Engineers, assumes no responsibility……276-629-2432.

SOUTH HOLSTON
On the South Holston, the TVA has been doing a constantly changing schedule, and it has affected the fishing a whole lot…and the past week the TVA has been releasing a ton of water…..with no reasonable end in sight.
The fishing had been fabulous when you can get on the water.  Some Sulphurs were still coming off up high if you can believe it.  In addition to the sulphurs, blackflies, midges, and Baetis (blue wings)20/22 and 24 also, that is a #20,22,24 Baetis (tan/olive body and dun wing).  Small nymphs and assorted midge pupa patterns are working well either fished like a nymph or dropped off a dry fly.

WATAUGA
On the Watauga the release has been almost all day too as on the S Holston, except for the morning to around noon time.  In other words you can get in some morning fishing here, as they are only releasing minimal amounts early.  There have been times when the Doe has been swollen and off color and coloring the river below Elizabethton.  Some afternoon BWOs have been showing up on the Wag’ as well as a few little winter stones.  Nymphing is the best way to fish the Wag right now, a good assortment of Princes, Rainbow Warriors, small CJ’s and Zebras will serve you well.

JACKSON RIVER (VA) – – –Releasing 800 cfs and water temperature  around 42F, pretty good but the river is unwadeable at this flow. If the flows are cut back, look for this month on the Jackson a few little winter black stoneflies, small Black Caddis #20, small BWO’s #20 and #24, Blackflies #24, plus some midges round out what’s on top.  Caddis will come in full force later.  Also, a box of small bead heads will serve you well, and  I’d have a #18 or #20 bead head Quasimodo in the box as well as some small copper Johns, and some Black Conehead Wooly Buggers.   The river can offer good streamer fishing, at times, particularly for browns…..and certainly if floating the river.

Looks like spring is knocking at our door.  I love winter fishing and snow, and am a bit bummed that we haven’t had more of it….but spring coming means catching more on top.  If that’s the case, an early spring is fine by me.

Have a great evening…!

Jeff

 

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More Wet Weather on the Way……

Wed….Jan. 25, 2012……Yes, if you can believe, there’s more wet stuff on the way.  Looks like there’s a huge system in the Gulf and in the Texas/Louisiana coastal area that is dumping heavy rains.  Looks like it will loose its punch before it gets here but apparently will have enough left to dump an inch or more of rain.  Well, it may be hard to deal with more of it, but more rain now insures more water for spring and early summer.  Here’s a satellite image of the large system in the Gulf:

Source: Weather for You January 2012

I have a three day trip coming up guiding Bob Manning, Sonny Lackey, and Randy Jackson, and we will be fishing in it provided there isn’t so much runoff it blows us out.  We are fishing TN Tailwaters and some hike in waters and on Saturday private water if the water is down enough to do so.

I posted a Reading Water 101 post on the Fishing Reports page of my website.  If you like nymph fishing its a look at one of the favorite and fishy water types that we fish a lot and have a lot of on our small streams…..

Have a great day today and we’ll be posting some more on conditions later today….

 

Jeff

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Fly Tying 101 Class…..

Tues…..Jan. 24, 2011….Had our second session of our Beginning 101 Flytying class at GTCC. We tied Y2Ks, zebra midges, and pheasant tails….and the students did great.

Finished up late and now headed back to do some tying for my next /upcoming trip.

Have a great evening…

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
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Fishing Improving Toward Week’s End….

Tues….Jan. 24, 2012……Have been doing a lot of fly tying and website editing, and also enjoying a hard drive crash..had our main computer that I do editing and web stuff on come to a screeching halt, kind of surprising for a new laptop, but oh well…..Will be a week before its fixed so we’ll be posting as much as I can.  The latest scoop and buzz has been about high water conditions.  If you fish our mountains or TN and Va you have gotten a full dose of it.  A lot of waters will begin receding by late tomorrow and hopefully fishable by Thursday, Friday, or the weekend.

We got between 1 and 4 inches of rain across our mountains, East Tennessee, and Southwest Virginia.  Here are the flows on some well known and favorite waters area wide.  The real time flow is shown for this morning with the normal flow in parentheses.

Escatawba /Dunlap Cr. 397(110cfs), Jackson R. 1160(280), North Fork Holston /Saltville, Va 861(350), South Fk Holston/Damascus, VA 1680 (490), South Fork New R, Jefferson, NC 711 (290), South Toe R/Celo, NC 300 (110), Davidson 490(105), Mitchell River 199 (90), and both TN tailwaters Watauga and South Holston releasing from 10 or 11am til midnight.

We will have our second session of our GTCC Beginning or 101 Fly Tying class this evening.  We will be tying bead heads, large and small, all the way down to size 20.  Have been putting together a lot of new recipes.  If you haven’t check it out, visit our Fly tying website to check out the half dozen brand new pattern recipes.  About 4 of the flies we’ve been catching fish like crazy on.

Have a great evening…!

Jeff

 

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Good Day, Numbers of Quality Fish….

Fri…Jan. 20, 2012…..Had a blast today guiding Mac Cheek on Escatawba Farm section of Dunlap Creek. We landed between 25 – 30 large rainbows. Caught them all nymphing, catching them on dead squirrel strymphs and a little stone nymph. As there has been all winter there were a good many stoneflies on the water and a good many fish rising. I pumped a couple stomachs and there were stoneflies there….confirming that they we taking stoneflies.

The water was running 172cfs…a little high bit it fishes well like that….and the water temp was in the high 30sF. We didn’t see rain but enjoyed cloudy skies whig made our fishing a ton easier.

Looks like we have a couple days of wet weather coming, maybe some freezing rain for the mtns……yuck.

Have a great weekend….

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
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Nice Morning…..Pretty Mild Too…..

Fri…..Jan. 20, 2012…..Nice morning, in Roanoke, VA right now and am en route to Escatawba Farm guiding Mac Cheek today and looks like it will be cloudy and about 49 for the high….or in other words great conditions. This feels like a heat wave compared to fishing the past two weeks.

There is another rain system coming for the weekend. Looks like Sat through Monday could be quite soggy. But the rain keeps us in great shape going into spring and that is a great thing.

More to come…..

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
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Warm Day Today, We Miss the Snow…..!

Thurs…. Jan. 19, 2012…… Looks like a couple warm and sunny days….or at least a day and a half of it …are coming for tray and tomorrow.  What a contrast to last year, we had record snows here and in the High Country.  Not so this year, many ski areas in the high country are struggling to keep conditions up for keeping snow on the ground.

We will be running a fly special again and also will be out on the water tomorrow guiding Mac Cheek on the Escatawba trophy section of Dunlap Creek.  If its a typical day, we will have some fun landing some huge rainbows…

Have a great one today…!

Jeff

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A Packed House….

Tues……Jan. 17, 2012….A packed house for our annual Beginning Fly Tying 101 class at Guilford Technical College. We tied streamers tonight, and everyone did a great job. Next week we will tackle 6 patterns including egg patterns, nymphs, and midges.

Looks like the heaviest of the rain missed us…..but the mtns are getting a quick shot of snow on the tail end of things. Fishing outlook is good for the rest of the week.

Have a great evening…!

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
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