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 Post subject: Ashe County DH after flood
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:31 am 
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Was curious to see Helton Creek in Ashe County after all the high water and reports of damage that I had received.

Weather on Monday couldn't have been nicer for mid-Feb. Sun and blue sky, temps in the 40s and minimal wind. Signs of high/flood water were obvious with some significant piles of debris and logs at bridges...and along the road in some areas....also several downed trees..in a couple of good fishing spots. You could also see where the water had come over the road in several areas but it has already been graded in those spots and doesn't look bad. The downed trees and debris/log jams at bridges and other popular stocking and fishing spots will make for some interesting obstacles to fishing and casting...if they are not cleared soon...(and increased sales in leader, tippet, flies and split shot...).

Water level was excellent and pretty clear...and there has been some scouring of areas that had silted in...creating...or re-creating some nice deep runs and holes. Some old, standard landmarks like logs and stumps had been relocated by flood waters. It was snowing this Tues morning so melt should help to keep the level up...along with rain in the forecast for this week.

Got on the water around noon and stayed until about 3:30. Fishing was actually pretty good (despite the flood waters, poachers, natural predation etc.) and I found fish in both fast water and hugging the bottom in some deep pools. A few brooks and rainbows...but the large majority by far were brown trout. Hot fly was the old faithful black wooly bugger...casting downstream and across and working the fly on the swing would entice those aggressive browns. Yarn eggs and standard nymphs also accounted for a few fish...when bounced and rolled along the bottom in deep runs and pools and allowed to begin a swing toward the surface. Faster and deeper water called for plenty of split shot in several situations. So..still plenty of fish to be found (when they are willing to cooperate...) and standard fly selection still produces. And, on top of that, "new" fish will be stocked in about a week...mountain weather permitting. Looking good for March trout fishing in the mountains.

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