Erratic weather continues to hold in our region as a cool spring continues into a mild summer. This is great news for anglers as water temperatures will stay cold and plenty of rain in our region keeps the flows bumping.
Spring bug hatches have wrapped up for the most part but there will still be some Golden Stoneflies going off in our far Northeast Georgia counties as well as western North Carolina. These aren’t the giants like they have out West but still a great option for wild trout. Fly selection should include a size 14-16 yellow stimulator to start. If the fish are slapping at your stimulator but not committing to it then switch to a parachute pattern. Parachute patterns sit in the film of the water so fish feel more comfortable committing.
When nothing is hatching, old stand byes like parachute Adams, Stimulators, Madam X, and Humpies will do the job. Carry a few different sizes incase the fish are a little pressured. If you want to drop a nymph, a small hares ear or pheasant tail will do.
It’s a straight forward play book for wild trout this time of year. Lots of big attractor patterns and wooly boogers for post thunderstorm run off conditions.
With the major hatches done for the year we recommend carrying one fly box with attractors, terrestrials, and parachute Adams. Nymph in a few different sizes like pheasant tails, hares ears, and Prince nymphs will have you covered.
If you plan on covering lots of miles then wading socks and boots will keep you feet much happier than sandals. Sandals like Chacos won’t protect toes from boulders or broken sticks.
Quality dressing means more time fishing and less time dunking flies. This time of year big attractors can go almost all day with only a handful of applications if you use quality dressing.
Delayed Harvest season has been done for a while but there are always a few fish that sneak past the corn chuckers. Focus on pocket water as most of the fish will be browns.
If brookies are on your bucket list for 2020 do your research before you go out. Start your searching at elevations around 3,000 ft and be prepared for lots of rhododendron. Bow and arrow casts will be imperative to fishing this way.
Cell service is limited so a good map is critical to getting into the right drainage. National Geographic makes great maps that have trails, great watersheds, and topographic markings.
Not all brook trout streams require bow and arrow cast. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a phenomenal jumping off point for brook trout explorations full of good pools.
Accidents happen so keep your electronics safe with a waterproof bag.
When you do find them they are stunning. We give them bonus points because they will crush a giant dry fly. These little beauties are worth the work to find them.
As always reach out to us for more information by visiting us in the shop, giving us a call, or sending an email! Happy fishing, yall!