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Its That Time of Year Again…..

Tues. Dec. 11, 2012…. It’s bright and early and yes I and the elves are hard at it. Had a trip scheduled today on one of our private waters with client/friend Mike Workman, Thomasville, NC, but the far SW part of VA got some rains and the water was up and dirty. But no complaining here, Mike and I will redo the trip on Friday 12/14. Hopefully we’ll be beating up on some giant rainbows….with any stroke of luck, or shall I say ‘normal’ we ought to do just that. We did get a little rain, but we need more. I would like to see a steady rain of an inch or two spread over several days. That would be awesome…and the fish agree….

Just finished our Late Fall/Early Winter Newsletter and its chock-full of all sorts of new stuff. We included several new flies and fly patterns or recipes, including some that we have been smokin’ fish on all Fall season. Several articles also were in the mix, including one on a Fall /Winter Nymph roundup, one on Stealth and What a Difference It Makes, and Targeting Big Fish. I think you’ll find lots of useful tips and pointers. The newsletter has tons of pictures as well, including a smattering of the over 100 citation fish landed by our clients since September. It was as good a Fall/Early Winter season for catching the Bigs as I can ever remember. A complete fishing report can be found in the newsletter, and also an introduction to our Christmas offering which includes a lot of new stuff and trips and gift certificates. You can visit the newsletter via this link…

JWFF Late Fall/Early Winter Newsletter 2012

We made brief mention before of several new fly patterns and pattern recipes which are available via our Fly Tyer’s Bench page of our main website, and the complete fly tying recipes with some great pictures on our fly tying site Jeff Wilkins Fly Tying . We also offer for purchase most of the patterns there as well. They are available in 1/2 dozens, $11.99 per half dozen with FREE shipping.

Just completed adding some additional items to our Used Equipment Page. One is a nice Penn’s Creek Orvis Bamboo Rod with a CFO 123 reel, a Shakespeare Ultralight Outfit, and a Canon Powershot A630 Digital camera that I used for several years in doing all our website work , including all the fly tying and insect photos , trip photos, and YouTube videos that customers have frequently commented about. The camera is as good at macro photography as many very expensive cameras. You can check these items out here .

Also, Christmas is also nearly upon us. Where has the time gone? I have been on the water so much that it seems like just yesterday we were fishing to rising fish and wet wading while doing it. We have a newly designed shopping cart and have been steadily rebuiding it to make it more customer friendly. We are again offering Gift Certificates, in specific dollar amounts, or for Trips, Lessons, Instruction, On the Water Fly Fishing Schools, and other items. We can provide printed certificates, and also can provide them by email and can process any of them either online or by phone. We accept all major credit and debit cards….. And last minute gifts? We can take care of that as well, and usually within minutes have a Gift Certificate to you or send it directly to the recipient. Lastly, we offer flies, custom flies, Fly Assortments….and would love to supply any of those needs you may have.

Have a busy week’s end coming up, a Friday trip guiding Mike Workman for some private water rainbows, then Dr. David Spivey and Jon McGraw on Saturday, and our upcoming Escatawba Farms Winter Kick Off Trip on Tuesday Dec. 18, 2012. In case you haven’t read about it, we are offering the Escatawba Farms Private Water Trip as we usually do as a Winter Special, some thing we do every December to offer customers a chance to take part in this amazing fishery at a special price. This is the only time of year we offer this price….and its a deal at $185.00 , the regular rate is $250.00. We have two slots left, its still not too late to sign up….. You can sign up or purchase your slot here . You can check out a few of our recent past trips here by clicking the links below…..

Greensboro Rotary Escatawba Farms Trip

Escatawba Summer Trips

Escatawba Early Summer Trip

Escatawba Spring Trip


Some newsworthy items that you may not have heard about….

Virginia Angler Loses Jackson River Case…..by Beau Beasley
With the exception of his two attorneys, Dargan Coggeshall stood in the courtroom completely alone as the decision in North/South Development v Crawford was handed down. The avid Virginia fly angler has been embroiled in a lawsuit for the past two years over the use of the Jackson River, and in particular his ability (and that of the public) to wade in a certain section of the Jackson River. Considered one of the best wild trout fisheries in …….Read more

NCSU and NC Wildlife Collaborating On Research Study of Stocked Trout Resources……The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has postponed a trout stocking in the North Toe River in Spruce Pine until Oct. 12 so it will coincide with the start of a research project being conducted on the river. The original stocking had been scheduled for this week as part of the Commission’s Delayed Harvest Trout Waters Program. The Commission is collaborating with N.C. State University to research stocked trout in the North Toe River and other Delayed Harvest Trout Waters to improve management of stocked-trout resources. Biologists expect to initiate the research on the North Toe early next week. “By delaying the trout stocking until next week, N.C. State University researchers will be able to finish installation of some trout-monitoring equipment that could not be installed due to recent heavy rains,” said Doug Besler, mountain region fisheries supervisor.“We recognize the temporary inconvenience, but stocking will resume Oct. 12.”

One of the data collection sites….the brown box houses equipment, the far photo is the underwater wire that goes across the river…. Jeff Wilkins photos Nov. 2012

We fish and guide on both branches of the Toe River, North and South, extensively throughout their entirety. I recently spoke with Jake Rash of the Wildlife Commission and he indicated that the purpose of the study was to learn more about the movements of stocked trout in a river system. Fish stocked during October were fitted with a microchip under the skin, a chip that is like the ones used to tag dogs, cats, and other animals/pets. There are two underwater wires , one on the lower river and that does through one of my personal favorite deep nymphing holes, and these will monitor and record data as fish move or swim past these locations. The hope is that we’ll learn all sorts of valuable information that will help in the management of stocked trout resources.

Have a great Tuesday…..we’ll be posting more reports this week and also posting more Christmas information in the way of products and specials.

Merry Christmas!


Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
3703 Windspray Ct.
Summerfield, NC 27358


Official Pro Guide Staff Member

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