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Old 03-18-2010, 10:11 AM
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Ahh, early spring trout fishing. Where late morning arrival on the river is ok.

Trip two of 2010 to the delayed harvest stretch of the Chatooga river bordering western NC & SC was a blast. We arrived around 9:45 with the sun just hitting the water and took our time setting up. Sipping coffie and hot chocolate. After last weekends experience, we tied on black stone nymphs before getting to the water. Conditions were a bit overcast with partly cloudy forcasted for the day and showers predicted for the afternoon.

We found that the stone nymphs were still best through the day. Black in the morning and the lighter bodies in the afternoon.


I tied a few of each of these patterns below and they all worked well with bows hitting the blacks in the morning and mostly browns hitting the lighter colors in the afternoon. We caught 12 trout between us.

Nathaniel (12yo) swinging nymphs. Rain through the prior week reduced water clearity some...
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Ribbed body or not, they both caught fish.
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These lighter ones (almost golden stone) worked well in dark overcast just before several short bouts of rain. The body is natural goose biot
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These ingredients worked surprisingly well with 4 trout both rainbow and browns
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All these nymphs were fished right on the bottom and caught fish in both pools and faster riffle runs. 80% were hooked right after the swing when the nymph was raising toward the surface.
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JJ: Great fishing report and photos. That is a nice looking river! Your stoneflies look awesome, great to hear you were having great success with them.

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Sounds like an awesome day on the water. Flies look great, I may have to try to tie some of those...

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Thanks Larry and Justin, it is a nice big river and quite wadable for the most part. The midges were hatching vigerously still and we saw a few mayfly's already but no major hatches of them yet. Were planning on going every weekend this month or until we catch a part of the mayfly hatch. Caddis are working as well but not like the black stones were attracting them.

It may be a fluke but I've noticed that if the biots around the hook eye get messed up or removed, the hit percentage goes down on my stone nymphs.

the front "feelers" (biots) over the hook eye are actually the tails of the front pair of case biots trimmed to a point.
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Great report Future, hope the young guy got some action...

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Thanks Dan, he did! the Rainbow in the pic above is his. about 10 inches and was rather fat comparatively. He caught two more smaller rainbow and one 12inch brown. He was so excited and feels he "has the hang of it" now.

I think he's doing amaizing personally but I'm quite biosed.
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