Posts tagged Fly Fishing
The In-Between

Now is the in-between time. It’s no longer really summer but fall is not yet here. The fishing is as good as it’s been all year, but for me at least, it’s like a good bowl of tobacco in a favorite pipe. It started off well, full of potential and excitement. There were a few hiccups along the way, a little burble in the shank, probably due to the moisture that has stoved into the hills for what seems like weeks on end, and has had a soggy effect on the fishing too.  The mid point was strong, tasty and full of moments of pleasure. A few times I was greedy and puffed harder, trying to demand more from the sweet smoky leaf, and as always, I got bit.  Now near the end my tongue has grown weary, and the flavors, while still present, have fallen victim to my own fatigue. I’m going through the motions, only occasionally surprised by some level of texture rather than taste. 

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Early June 2017/Barbarians at the Gate, Angels at the Door

If you are headed to the river this time of year make it a 6 to 9 kind of day.  Nymph fishing is very productive in the first hour or two with mayfly and caddis patterns both producing well.  A Pheasant Tail Nymph in a size 16, with an 18 or 20 Hare’s Ear Soft Hackle as a dropper, are producing well. 

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Trout Candy/Late May 2017

Ants make up a very large portion of the diet of a trout during the summer months along with other terrestrials such as beetles and inchworms. A random caddis may find its way into the maul of a big brown as well but by and large the bulk of the biomass available to summer trout is in the form of an ant.  Trout seem to have a strong affinity for these little formic acid filled sour treats.  Ive been told they like the acidic taste, but Im more inclined to believe its the availability and helplessness of the food form that lends to such a sustained sight picture in the mind of summer trout.  

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Early May 2017 Davidson River and Pisgah Area

May came in with more rain, a sudden drop in temperature and a rise in wind speed.  Early May was akin to late March with 30 degree nights, snow at high elevations, high winds, and mid day hatches.  Our Sulphurs came off strong at the end of April and with the high water produced some great under water and top water action. They have now begun to fade into Cahills which will soon leave the river and hand it over to the Little Yellow Stoneflies known as Sallies.  Rumors of Drakes and Cicadas are showing up on social media and in riverside conversations and should be here strong by the end of the month.  

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Late April 2017 Davidson River and Pisgah Area

Now that the Hendricksons have passed; their close cousins, the larger of the Sulphurs, have arrived. These are not the tiny dorthea Sulphurs that will arrive later in the spring but the larger invaria. These bugs are about a size 16-14 with watery dun colored wings and a dirty yellow body sporting hot peachy orange segments about the abdomen.  

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April 2017 Davidson River and Pisgah Area

Its been a more typical spring here in Pisgah Forest.  It looks like the drought may be past us as we have been getting very regular rains and thunder storms.  The Davidson and other area streams are running high and clear after this week's rains, but should be dropping into normal flows by the weekend.

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