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Merry Christmas!!!

Tues. Dec. 24, 2013…..Merry Christmas!  Doesn’t seem like it should be that time already…where has the year gone?  As I reflect on the year I remember what a great year it was, all the great trips and challenging weather.  Simply put it was another great one.

Conditions are drying out but still very soggy.  Most places are high and roily after all the weekend’s heavy rains.  We post poned trips since then and it looks like it will be a couple more days before it settles out.

Just a quick note….we have posted several Bargain Bin items on the Bargain Bin page of the shopping cart site.  We are thinning out some items before the New Year rolls in.  You can check out some of the items we have on special by clicking here or the icon below.

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Here are a few of the items that we have on special and are worth noting….

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Y2K ‘Fearsome Foursome’ Assortment   click here

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Fabulous Five Zebra Midge Assortment  click here

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Jeff’s Favorite Flip Page Fly Box   click here

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Ball n Pick Strike Indicators     click here

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Hope you have a fantastic Christmas celebration and again  I thank you for your business.

Merry Christmas!

Jeff

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Merry Christmas…….

Sat. Dec. 21, 2013…..We are near Saluda, NC and the rains have come. We need it, its a Christmas gift I guess.

Getting ready to do lunch. All water here is clear and in great shape. And fishing is good right now…

Merry Christmas!

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
336-944-3628
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Merry Christmas from the NC High Country. ..

Fri. Dec 21, 2013….. Season’s Greetings and Merry Christmas to you. Doing this week’s end report from the banks of the North Pacolet and at the Pine Crest Inn in Tryon, NC….gateway to the Gorges area and some great wilderness fishing.

My wife and I are just getting ready to head to breakfast. Water is low and clear here, locally the best fishing is on the Green River right now. A lot of waters are low and clear right now. But that is going to change. A pretty large system coming to us from the West. Lots of rain. We need it too. I will be continuing to finish Christmas orders as well as getting ready for one last pre-Christmas guided trip with Pete and Elizabeth Bradley….provided the weather does not foul things up.

Also, we do gift certificates for all things…..instruction, fishing trips, on the water fly fishing schools….all of it. We can help with that and even do it right up to 4pm Christmas Eve. In a jam and need something last minute? No problem, we can do gift certificates electronically to you or to the recipient.

Have a great one and Merry Christmas!

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
336-944-3628
www.appflyguide.com

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Great Day in the Rain….

Tues. Dec. 17, 2013…Finished up all but one remaining trip before Christmas, and its been a great week. Had a great day Saturday guiding Mike Mazzarone at Dunlap Creek and we landed about 30 fish up to 23.5 inches and mostly on midges. We fished in all day snow and sleet.

Had a Monday trip guiding Dr Pat Burney and we landed about 20 fish after a chilly start. Caught almost all our fish on midge patterns subsurface. Had a great hatch of little black stones at the end of the day and the fish were rising like crazy. Its time for them, and they are a primary winter hatch on all of our small mtn waters.

Did a group trip today…Brian & Linda Fitzgerald, Mike and Nate James, Mike Workman, Dr Tom Wolff, and Jeff Davis. Landed probably 80 or so fish and on all sorts of patterns….but still the tiny stuff/midge patterns ruled the day. Been like that for weeks. We had a chilly and windy day, and from 11am til almost quitting time we fished in a cold rain. Didn’t put a damper on our fishing, but it sure made it chilly to be out in. Right as we were leaving for home it started to rain heavily….and did so most of the way home. We also went through some snow as well.

Have a road trip coming up and will be in the Brevard/ Asheville area on a vacation trip with my wife, and visiting our son who lives in Mill Spring, returning on 12/22 and doing one last guide trip with Pete and Elizabeth Bradley before taking a much needed Christmas break.

Merry Christmas!

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
336-944-3628
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Challenging Fishing on The SoHo…..

Fri. Dec. 6, 2013……  Just returning from a 2 day SoHo group trip and while we had a great time and great fellowship the fishing was challenging.  At least more so and tougher than it usually is….

We did one of our annual group trips…here’s how the trip went….

Had four great guys on the trip, Terry Lee , Dick Foster, Steve Smith, all from Greensboro, and Ken Okorn, Pennsylvania.   Our trip began with cloudy skies and drizzle then a day of sun and a second day with cloudy skies.  Temps were unseasonably warm, good release schedule the first day but the second day not as good.  We still got in almost 2 full days of fishing, but the fishing was off by a long shot I believe because of the incredible weather change.  From snow and 20s and 30s last week to almost 70F and muggy.

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As Ken Okorn said, I believe with 100% accuracy, that fish do better with going from warm to cold rather than the other way around.  Spot on.  That is precisely what I have always believed.  And still do.  We fished the morning down river on the private access on the Holston and did ok, Ken Okorn did the best, landing about 4 nice rainbows 14 to  15″, Dick , Steve, and Terry Lee landed some smaller browns and rainbows.  We then went upstream to the TVA access and were getting in the water and hoping to catch a hatch on falling water but the bugs were thin.  A midge here or there, no olives, and one sulphur here and there once in a while.

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Ken landed a good many fish, Terry landed 8 and Dick and Steve a couple.  We finished up as the sun was setting and then headed back to the house and had a nice dinner.  On Thursday, we got out early and things were pretty much the same.  Ken landed several nice fish as we had about a 30 to 45 minute period when things seemed to get going and then it shut off just before the water came up on us at 1045am.  Ken also had a brown of about 24 to 25inches on as well briefly before it came unbuttoned.  The guys landed several fish, Steve landed one really nice brown of about 18 inches and several smaller rainbows.   We again went upstream and hoped to catch a hatch with falling water and cloudy skies but no doing….the guys landed 4 or 5 fish before the water came up on us yet again at 300pm.

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Ken stayed for the last two hours and we went downstream to catch falling water one last time and he was able to fish to a few rising fish, nailing one nice brown, before we called it a day.  A great group of guys, a great time, but the fishing was slower than it usually is.  I guess we landed between 3 and 4 dozen fish, which isn’t terrible, but below what we usually do.  But hey, that’s normal and happens anywhere sometimes.  I for one am glad the weather will be cooling off again…….70F in December may feel nice but fishing is better on days when its cold or cold and cloudy.  I have always found that to be the case, especially here.

Looks like we have some weather moving in for the next few days…rain, then sleet/snow/ice depending upon location.  Could be interesting.  But all of it will help stream levels a lot.  And we still need the rain.

Enjoy your Friday….and your Weekend.  Tight Lines..!

Jeff

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Another Chilly Day in the Hills….

Mon. Dec. 2, 2013 … Had another early trip today guiding David Carter and Steve Bright. We got a mid morning start as the best fishing has been late morning/midday on. It was like that today. We did well, landing about 15 fish before lunch and losing several others….all nymphing with midge patterns.

After lunch we went to a different stretch of water but much the same result and about 25 more fish, a mix of rainbows and browns. It was Steve’s first time fly fishing and he had an excellent day landing 15 fish. David scored the rest. It was chilly and rained on us just prior to lunch.

A cold day with lots of melting snow helping water levels to improve. Water temp was 36.5F when we started and we caught most fish in slower seams, pockets, inside seams, inside of turns and bends, and tail outs. …all common when the water is chilly.

Have a 3 day Soho trip starting tomorrow, a full group. Should be a great time.

Have a great evening….
Jeff

Jeff Wilkins FlyFishing
3703 Windspray Ct
Summerfield, NC 27358
336-944-3628
www.jeffwilkinsflyfishing.com

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