Hello all! We are finally in the depth of Winter here in Boone, however that has not stopped us from getting out on the rivers. We have been seeing some great fly fishing opportunities lately.
The local streams are quite chilly, however the trout have been active- especially on those teaser days where the sun pops out and temp rise a little. Give the Watauga a shot in the Valle Crucis area- the Delayed Harvest waters are still holding plenty of fish to catch.
Fishing on the Tailwaters has been great recently. The Watauga and South Holston Rivers have been producing big numbers of large fish recently. As always, the fall and winter offer some of the finest opportunity to catch a brown trout of a lifetime.
Delayed Harvest Streams- Blowing Rock,West Jefferson, Boone, Valle Crucis NC
Pheasant Tails (14-20)
Blue Wing Olives (18-22
South Holston and Watauga Rivers
Blue Wing Olives (18-22)
Tips: Go small and precise in the winter, remember, as the water temps start to drop, the trout will eventually become a bit more sluggish. Focus on very precise drifts- don't make the trout "chase" your flies, presentation is key when fishing to these chilly fish. Try your hardest to ensure that your flies are drifting perfectly into the fish's feeding lane. Also, dial down tippet sizes, with smaller flies and low water conditions, "leader shy" fish will opt out of feeding on flies that they know are not real. Once again, presentation is key- smaller tippet will lead to a more invisible, natural presentation of your bugs.
Until next time,