Jan. 2014

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Winter has been tougher than usual this year.  With lower temps. than we have seen in a couple of years, it has the stream temps. low.  Though the streams are averaging 36-38 degrees this month, the fish are still able to be coaxed into biting,  The best tip I can give right now is to make certain your fly stays on the bottom.  The fish are slow and sluggish, so drift slower than normal.  Mind your mends to keep a natural drift.  Try using patterns such as, a BH Pheasant Tail, sz. 12-16, Gold-Ribbed Hare's Ear, sz. 12-18; BWO nymphs and emergers, sz. 16-24, as well as atractor patterns like the Y2K, sz.12-16.  In higher flows, try using bigger patterns like a Wooly Bugger, sz.4-10, in various clors, or baitfish streamers, like a Muddler Minnow, Black-Nosed Dace, etc., sz. 6-10.  Just remember to SLOW IT DOWN.

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said on Friday, January 31st, 2014

Nantahala River DH was VERY icy today.  Great pics to finish out Jan. 2014.

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said on Friday, January 31st, 2014

Picked up a few slow moving Rainbows.  Had to find slow water that had fished holding, and no Ice covering.

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