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 Post subject: What are the stream conditions like?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:17 am 
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Warpaint Shiner

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I will be taking Tuesday, 2/26/2013 off and plan on going fishing. I will be hiking into a wild trout stream in the general Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Watauga County area. Does anyone know what the stream conditions are like? We have been getting a lot of rain here in Charlotte lately and I assume you have been getting a lot of rain and/or snow in the mountains too.

1). Are the streams running high?

2). Are they clear or muddy?

3). Is there snow on the ground in that area? (I am only asking this for experience enhancement purposes only. I will go either way.)

4). If you live in that area and have driven by some of the lower elevation waters or roadside DH streams are they high and/or muddy? I will make some assumptions about the wild trout waters based on their conditions.

Thanks in advance for any assistance anyone is willing to provide.

Lone Wulff


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 Post subject: Re: What are the stream conditions like?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:35 am 
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Water up here is high but clear. The sun has come back out yesterday and today, and daytime temps are in the mid 40's. Low last night was about 30. Snow has melted off except in some really shady places. Wild streams should be pretty good, but cold water temps. I'd highly doubt you'll have any dry fly action, but who knows?
Wish I could take Tuesday off and go fishing with you, but I gotta work. Good luck to you!

<edit> I just looked up the forecast on Ray'sWeather (the best local weather). Bundle up. Low here Monday night of 30 with freezing rain. Tuesday, "Cloudy; AM rain / freezing rain tapering off to drizzle by afternoon; South wind 10-15 mph (15-25 mph up top). High 39. Low 25."


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 Post subject: Re: What are the stream conditions like?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:33 pm 
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Thanks for the info Phil. I am going to give it a try - even if I do get humbled. Besides, I haven't been out in about a month and I am going stir crazy. Maybe one day in the near future we can hook up. It would be an honor to fish with you.


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 Post subject: Re: What are the stream conditions like?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:43 pm 
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Brown Trout
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Location: Kannapolis, NC
Water Water Water Everywhere.
Was fishing in Macon, Swain, Jackson, Haywood Co. for Fri., Sat. and Sun.
Every creek, ditch, steam had moving water.
Larger rivers were colored up but slowly clearing. Upper elevation waters were running clear.
Water flows were very high, ting of color. Tough to wade and scary if above calf deep in most places w any gradient. My wading staff was a welcome aid.
Water dropped some on Sat, but was back up higher on Sun. a.m. Water dropped during Sun.

Double nymph w lead and tungston beads was effective. Took some wild fish on 18 BWO dry Sat p.m.

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 Post subject: Re: What are the stream conditions like?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:53 pm 
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Location: Holston Mountain, Tenn
Wolf

We had a scant few olives come off on this side of the Mtn. Yesterday and it woke up some trout. So Keep a #16 BWO handy

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