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Mid Week Fishing Report……Spring is Here

Tues. Apr. 2, 2013 …Yes, I said it….spring is here even if it doesn’t much feel like it just yet.  But its coming…the signs are there.  One of them is great fishing….and that’s here.  But then again, we fished through the winter….and it never stopped.  Just different now that we should have some days where it actually feels good to be outside.

Had a great trip yesterday guiding Marty Hurley of Asheboro, NC.  Marty started fly fishing a few years ago when he and his dad took a lesson and then we did several lessons and trips.  He’s become an excellent angler.  Fun to watch.  We had a great day, caught a bunch of fish and some really huge ones too.  You can check out the full report complete with steamy trout pics on our fishing reports page here .  We fished the private water on Dunlap Creek at Escatawba and we are doing another trip on June 4, and we’ll catch a good many of them on dries then.  Have only 3 spaces left, its a $185 trip which is a deal….our normal one person rate is $295….take advantage of this offer while it lasts.  Catch huge fish…..!

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The state of NC stocks 894, 000 trout into area waters for put and take fishing on waters marked ‘Hatchery Supported’ with green and white diamond signs.   The season opens at 7am on Saturday April 6, 2013.  No Hatchery Supported and Delayed Harvest are not the same thing.    DH waters are open all year whether they are stocking them or not.  Hatchery Supported waters are only closed for the month of March so the NCWRC can get all the put and take waters (Catch n fry, Hook n Cook, whatever you want to call them) stocked with fish.   Yes, DH waters are stocked with trout from the same hatchery but ARE NOT called HATCHERY SUPPORTED WATERS because fish aren’t stocked with the intent of immediate harvest.  Hatchery Supported is marked with green and white signs, DH marked with Black and white.  Its up to the angler to know the difference and to know where they are.  Part of being a responsible angler.  Click here for more details on HS water.



-Most waters are up but fishing well as they have remained clear.  We have plenty of water that is for sure.  A lot of melting snow so stream temps are chilly, wear your long johns or you will shiver.   Water temps range from 33-35F at elevs above 3000ft and 35-45F from our lower elev waters up to the 2500/3000ft elev.  Nymphing and streamer fishing, spotty dry fly action but some dry fly relief is coming.  Here’s a quick insect roundup on what has been or is hatching or will be at the first onset of warm weather on Sat/Sun of this weekend….

Quill Gordon size 12-14

Blue Winged Olive 18

Blue Quill 16

Hendrickson/Red Quill  12-14

March Brown 12-14

Grey Fox 14

Light Cahill 14

Dun Caddis 18

Grey Brown caddis 12-16

Brown Stone 12-14

Yellow stone 14-16

We offer a FREE Printable PDF hatch chart for the month of April, and you can get it on our ‘This Month’s Fly Box ‘ page here , or direct download here .

Doing a day today with Dr Steve Lucey and Bret Grieves and on the South Holston , the 200 sluice….and that is mighty fine I might add.

Have a great one….



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