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 Post subject: Some slow fishing in the high country
PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:53 am 
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Warpaint Shiner
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I recently went on a 2 day 1 night trip to the high country. I found out quickly the water is 10-12 degrees colder in the higher elevations compared to the lower elevation streams I have been fishing this year.

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The fishing was very slow. I fished 5 creeks and barely scraped up a handful of small rainbows. No browns were caught but I did at least manage to hook one.

4 of the 5 streams I fished are streams I am fairly familiar with and they typically yield very good numbers of fish, with a few larger ones thrown in from time to time. I am not the best fly flinger in the world, but I am convinced the water temps had them shut down.

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Yesterday, I fished one of the best brook trout streams in NC and got skunked. I did have one rise to the dry and hooked another with the nymph. That was it.


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I thought yesterday's hike out was going to kill me. I need to drop a few pounds, it was a grim reminder of what poor shape I am in. It is a brutal and very steep uphill hike. I thought my knees were going to give out on me and I am pretty sure I suffered a mild heart attack about 3/4 of the way up. :mrgreen:

It was still a fun trip and the scenery was amazing. The mountains look so different this time of year with no foliage, except for the rhododendron.

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 Post subject: Re: Some slow fishing in the high country
PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 3:36 pm 
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Knowing a bit about that basin, yeah, I'd say that it was probably cold temperatures. The rainbows should be pairing up soon, though, so watch out for redds....


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 Post subject: Re: Some slow fishing in the high country
PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:24 pm 
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Cuz,

We had snow on the mountains up until 3 days ago. The tuffest day on a creeks is when they are high with snow melt water. (and a high barometer).

You may have actually had a very good day. I am saying that you may have caught a few fish when most other fishermen would have blanked. ___ Well possible

The surface temp on Watauga lake is 48 degrees and obviously the creeks flowing in there are far colder than that

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