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Trouting in The Snow……

Fri. March 1, 2013….. And we thought Winter was winding down…..You wouldn’t know that in the mountains today, and it will be this way through Sunday evening.  Stockings resume on select DH Waters today and will continue through 3/7.   One little tidbit….folks show up early expecting to find theDH  river already stocked ….here’s the deal….They don’t “pre stock” or “early stock” or do anything like that.  They start on 3/1, resume on 3/4, and are finished 3/7.  Just like that.   March 1 to April 6 all ‘Hatchery Supported Waters’ marked by green and white signs are CLOSED.  Don’t fish ’em or you’ll get a NC state issued Gift Certificate that may be made payable to Raleigh….lol.  Hatchery Supported and Delayed Harvest water are not the same thing.  Hatchery supported water and Delayed Harvest Water are not the same thing.   Hatchery Supported Water and Delayed Harvest water are not the same thing.

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Hatchery Supported Waters are closed March 1 to April 6 and Delayed Harvest Waters are not.  Hatchery Supported Waters are closed March 1 to April 6 and Delayed Harvest Waters are not.    That should clear things up a bit.

Weather and Fishing Update…. the NW Mtns and all elevations of 2500 ft or more are halfway into a 5 day snow event.  2-5 additional inches on top of what fell yesterday, which was 1 to 4″ in most areas and up to a foot on west facing slopes along the TN/NC line.  I am out and about today, they are scheduled to stock a few places today, we’ll see if it happens with the weather conditions such as they are.  We have been talking about colder/snowier weather for the end of February and the beginning of March for a couple weeks.   Here we are… A deep trough has been carved in the Eastern U. S. Disturbances will move through periodically for the next several days like spokes on a wheel (with the wheel centered in New England rotating in a counterclockwise fashion). Expect cold temperatures, generally cloudy skies, and intervals of flurries, light snow, and snow showers especially through Friday night. Snow showers and flurries will continue this weekend but with lesser intensity.  Temperatures will be cold again Friday but even colder Saturday and Sunday.


The trough lifts to the northeast Monday, giving us a somewhat milder day. But Monday, all eyes will be on the next storm system moving out of the Great Plains (Monday) to the Appalachians by late Tuesday. It’s too early to be too excited; however, this has potential to be the biggest event of the season. Expect either snow or rain changing to snow Tuesday into Wednesday. More to come…

Will have a current report on both fishing and conditions when I get to Fleetwood Falls tonight.  Get the up to the minute scoop here  , its the updated Nat’l Weather Service forecast through late Sat.  Looks like tough travels…

Here are some tidbits for you….

NC Wildlife Calendar….  View here

Hatchery Supported Waters Closed Mar 1 to Apr 6, 2013    Read On

Undercover Wildlife Sting “Operation Bruin’ Nabbing Poachers  Read On

Roanoke Striper Season Opens March 1, 2012  Read on

Wildlife Commission Supports Prescribed Fire/Burn at Linville Gorge, NC  Read On

Download our FREE Printable March Hatch Chart  Here 



“So Who Was it that developed the Copper John?”   Read On



2013 Virginia Smallmouth Bass Outlook & Report   Read On


Last cast…..

Bob Clouser, a good /dear friend of ours,  with Dave Blackburn  singing Beverly Hillbilly’s at the Greater Outdoor Expo in Woodstock Ill. The only thing Dave said about Bob is if you hear him making Banjo Music you better paddle faster….lol.



Have a great Friday…… will have some reports from the field later today…




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