WOW it’s mid August and the local streams / rivers are FULL of water???? Call it El Nino or whatever you will but we’ll take it. While most of the country is battling drought conditions, our streams are full and we’re chasing everything that will eat a fly! From trout to bass to catfish to carp many incredible opportunities are waiting for the fly.
With heavy rains of course sometimes the streams/river get cloudy or worse MUDDY!. Part of the challenge is finding where the rains have fallen and just how much. Thought we would share a few links that we keep a close eye on …. NOAA Automated Flood Warning System which is updated every fifteen minutes and local USGS River Gauges are also a big help. These links should help you determine where the rain fell, just how much and what effect it has on the local streams. Remember sometime you need to forget about hitting your favorite stream and fish the water that provides the best opportunity to get your rod bent.
Here in Morganton, NC we are very fortunate in that we always (well nearly always) have clear water to fish. Of course sometime you must change the species you are going after but that is part of the challenge and that’s one of the reason many of us enjoy throwing the fly so much…. the Challenge!! To many fly flingers the number of species on the fly is a major part of the challenge. In fact Lefty’s newest book, 101 Fish – A Fly Fisher’s Life List is pretty much Lefty’s 101 fish stories about his most memorable fly caught fish. So chasing other species on the fly is not a sin…. how many species have you caught on the fly?
Found this beautiful rainbow in a gin clear stream the day after a huge front / rain storm moved through. Of course if we told you where we would have to shoot you! Hope you understand. Of course you can always head up higher in the hills to find clear water. But as we all know head water streams require a unique level of patience and not to mention the hard work to get from hole to hole. “Bluelines” as they are commonly called very seldom get dirty but sure can get swift.
Sometime our only option to fish moving water is local tailraces below dams. Typically tailraces stay clear unless something crazy is going on in the lake. So next time the rain messes up your plans to go fishing, don’t give in to spouse pressure and stay home GO FISHING!! We are not responsible for any harm this post may cause you!