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Gray and Mild Today, Colder Tomorrow…..

Tues….Jan. 17, 2012….That’s the word from our friends at Raysweather in the Mtns.  The forecast for today, tonight, and tomorrow is as follows:

Milder air overtakes the region today on a moist SW flow. We have the slight chance of light rain or drizzle into this afternoon, but rain will arrive late today continuing into tonight. A cold front moves through tonight with much colder air. Snow flurries will develop late tonight and last into Wednesday morning. Little or no accumulation is expected for most of the High Country (maybe up to 1″ on mountaintops). Wednesday will be much colder with skies clearing by afternoon. Gusty SW winds will affect higher elevations today and this evening; later tonight, gusty NW winds will overtake the entire region.

We will be starting our Fly Tying 101 class tonight at GTCC.  This marks our 16th year of doing the class at GTCC.  Tonight’s class is full, and should be tons of fun.  The fishing has been steadily improving since the heavy rains of a few days ago plus a 1-3″ snow on top of that.  Fishing today would be good but I am here preparing for tonight’s class.  Many areas still have high flows but clear and high is ok, often fishing is great when those conditions exist.  Hatches of little black stones continue over much of our area, East Tennessee, and almost all VA waters.  On some rivers this is a ‘feature hatch’ in that fish rise beginning about 10 or 11am and continue til late afternoon.  It is a ‘dry fly treat’ because fish will take a dry fly well.  A dark griffiths gnat, the standard tie with a peacock body, or with a dubbed black body, both work well.  Also, I am working on posting a stonefly pattern for this hatch on our fly tying website, and will be completing that today.  I tie both 18’s and 20’s in this, you’ll find one size or the other will work well on rising fish.  And folks sometimes misidentify the hatch and think fish are taking midges.   If they are eating stones either in flight or on the surface you will find these bugs.  And its really not a ‘hatch’ in the truest sense, because these stoneflies don’t hatch midriver or in the water as most insects.  These flies crawl to the banks, crawl out of the water, then hatch on dry land and fly off.  The bugs causing a rise of trout are ones that are coming back to the water to lay eggs.  That is why the rise is a sipping rise, fish often are taking dead or dying insects on the surface.  The nymph fished early is a great way to go, a small stonefly nymph or a pheasant tail or copper john will work….  For entomology buffs, this stonefly is a Little Winter Black, and the genus is Amphinemura, sp., and the species is likely nigritta or Wui….  these are common to this part of the country.

Hope your day is grand and hoping this next weather system is a light one, I have some guided trips coming up.  Tight lines…!

Jeff

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