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...
Ribbed body or not, they both caught fish.
These lighter ones (almost golden stone) worked well in dark overcast just before several short bouts of rain. The body is natural goose biot
These ingredients worked surprisingly well with 4 trout both rainbow and browns
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.