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This Month’s Fly Box

THE December FLY BOX

December can provide some dry fly fishing …BWOs  top of the list!

 

Jeff Wilkins photo 

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These Patterns will catch fish this month— 

Small Streams December  (Bright colors will change to drab dark ones …..and Terrestrials are big….!)

#16 Blue Quill   #22-24 Tiny Olive  #22-24   #18 Little Dark Olive #8 Large Ginger /October Caddis

#4-8 Golden Stone  #18 “Dun Caddis  #14-16 Mottled Tan/Brown & Yellow Caddis

#18-22 Black Fly Larva  #20-24 Blackfly Adult   #18-22  Midges  Gray, Black

#18-20 Tungsten Zebra Midge blacks/browns  #10-12 Black Ants  #12-14 Beetles  #10 Inchworm

Additional Patterns:

#18-22 Copper John
Griffith’s Gnat #20-24
Midges #20-24 Grizzly, Cream
#16-20 Black or Red Bead Head Copper John /Bob
#18-24 Jeff’s Superhair Mayfly Nymph, or 8/0 Baetis Nymph
#16-20 Red Copper John/Bob   #18-20 Jeff’s Copper Rojo

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Delayed  Harvest &  Hatchery Supported Waters

.North Carolina…Delayed Harvest (Black and white signs) waters will receive first fall stocking October 1, 2020 and that will continue for 2 weeks until all waters stocked…. and all waters receiving the second stocking starting November 2, 2020….please refer to NC Wildlife listing for exact dates here .  Coldwater stocking by county here .  Weekly coldwater stocking update  here .  ALL DH Waters opened for catch and keep fishing  first Sat in June, 2020, and regs switched to Hatchery Supported .  Refer to NC Wildlife website here for details .  HATCHERY SUPPORTED WATERS (GREEN SIGNS) OPENING DAY IS Saturday April 3, 2021.  Hatchery Supported Waters and Delayed Harvest are not the same thing.

 

NOTE:  Harvest Season opens the first Saturday in June every year  to harvesting fish, and most waters will not receive more fish til October.  Some streams in higher elevation areas continue to receive more fish over the summer but not all of them.  Refer to the NC Wildlife site listing for those waters.

DELAYED HARVEST WATERS (DH WATER IS OPEN ALL YEAR,  INCLUDING MARCH) AND HATCHERY SUPPORTED WATERS (CLOSED IN MARCH)

-Same Flies as Above plus:

After the DH opening to harvest and all Hatchery Supported waters…. after the initial stocking use bright and gaudy stuff, then transition to smaller flies as the fish acclimate to their surroundings.

#14 Jeff’s White Maggot  #10 Y2K all colors  #12-14 Squirminators  #10-12 Mop flies
Big Attractor Dry flies  #12-16 Wulffs, Humpies, etc.      Bead Head Rubberleg Nymph patterns…pick a pattern sizes 14-18
#14-16 Bead Head Fresh Prince
#14-16 Bead Head Banana
#18-20 Jeff’s Copper Rojo   #20 Zebra Midge  #20 Golden Hare
#16-20 Copper John /Bob all Colors
#8-12 Conehead Black Krystal Bugger
#8-12 Bead Head Tri Color Bugger
#10-12 Egg Patterns all colors
#10 San Juan Worms Brn, Red, etc.
#10 Pink Weenie or Jeff’s Wacky Worm

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**nearly season long Sulphurs apply to South Holston only and  can/do hatch at anytime and 16’s and 18’s are recommended, and some #20s thrown in for late summer and virtually all of the fall….but #18 is the most important……late fall /cold weather sulphur activity is the 1st 4 miles  below South Holston Dam and no further downstream than the Hickory Tree Rt 44 bridge ……

March/April is CADDIS time on the Watauga , Sept to Dec is BWO and Caddis time

May Thru November is sulphur time on the South Holston, can start in April in warm years

#16,18 Cranefly  #16,18 Jeff’s Budding Sulphur Emerger
#16,18  Sulphur CDC Emerger  Jeff’s Invaria Nymph #16,18
#16,18 Sulph Comparadun, #16-18 Jeff’s CDC  Mess Emerger
#16,18 CDC Sulphur Biot Comparadun  #16-18 Sulphur Biot Sparkledun
#20/22 Baetis Nymph  # 20/22 CDC Biot Comparadun  #20-22 Jeff’s BWO Trans Dun
#20/22 Jeff’s Budding Baetis Emerger (upper SoHo)
#16-18,20,22  Pheasant Tail Reg & Black
#16,18 Yellow Soft Hackle   #16,18 Yellow Jeff’s CDC Mess
#16,18 Black Split Case Nymph (also referred to in some circles as ‘Split Back’ or ‘Split Back PMD’)
#16-18 Little Black Stonefly (Smith R, Va, also Watauga R., TN)
#16  Grannom Caddis (Watauga R)
#18-20 Black Caddis (all R’s, but especially the Wag’)
#18-24 Adult Blackfly   #18-24 Jeff’s Blackfly Larva Olive
#18 Cranefly   #18 Olive Scud   #18 Sowbug  #18 Tan Scud
#18-24 Midges  Gray , Black  #18-24 Midge Pupae, Olive, Black
#16-18 Jeff’s Hunchback    #16-18 Hot Flash PT Nymph
#20 Henryville Special  #20 Copper John Red
#18-20 Copper John  #16-20 Pheasant Tail (no weight)
#16-20 Flashback Pheasant Tail (after a good rain)
#18-20 Jeff’s Superhair Mayfly Nymph

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Smith River – Va  

#18-22 BWO     #18-22 Quasimodo PT Nymph    #18-22 Lil’ Blk Stone  #20-22 Mercer’s Micro May Nymph Olive

-#20-24 Black or Brown Zebra Midges     #20-24  PT Nymph     #20-24 Craven’s JuJu Bee and JuJu Baetis Patterns

#20-22 Quasimodo Pheasant tail/Bead Head Pheasant tail

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Largemouth Bass- ……. right now is a still great time to fish….and begin fishing late morning to  midday  on  warm, days fishing….. and then last several hours of day are great times to fish.  When you find fish, fish the area well, this time of year you are likely to find a lot of fish in a lot less area. Fish and fishing has picked up since things began to cool off….will be good until it gets really cold

Fish are in  fall transition mode.   Fishing can be good all day but expect the prime fishing late morning to late afternoon when weather is warm and when it is most pleasant to be outside

JJ Special #2,4
Clouser Minnow #2-1/0  Chartreuse/White, Black/Purple, Black n Blue
Gitzit or Tube Jig Fly #4
Foxee Clouser size 2,4   #4 -8 Jeff’s Jiggy Streamer

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Crappie & Bluegill— Bluegill are deeper but will get on the move with cold weather settling in, and they are in a fall transition pattern, spawn concluded with  full moon of September….Crappie are deeper often on points and dropoffs and sometimes suspended over deeper water. If not near cover, they’ll be suspended in open water usually relating to dropoffs, channels, etc.  Sink tips and sinking lines can  helpful this time of the season. With cooling weather though, a lot of fish will be able to be caught shallow as well.

Chartreuse and white clouser minnow in sizes 4 and 6

Wilson’s Bluegill Bully  #12

Olive bead head jiggy fly #10

RLD #8-12 (body colors a number of them work but I like yellow legs on all my patterns)

Conehead Bugger Black #12  JJ Special #12
Rubberleg Montana Nymph #10-12
Olive Rubberlegs #10

Prince Rubberlegs #10
#10 Black Bead Head Wooly Worm

Poppers size 8-12

Terrestrials  Ants size 10-14

**Rig of the Month :
Poppers or rubberleg flies if targeting bluegills.   Another winner is a Popper dropper (popper with a nymph or ant dropped off back of popper)

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Saltwater…..Its game on, inshore, nearshore, river, offshore…all of its good, albacore fishing has been excellent, the best in years

Albaclouser #2-2/0  in natural, chartreuse and clear, tan /clear, purple /clear   #2-4 Bonito Bunny in White

Clouser Black /Gold #2, 2/0  (Redfish, Trout)
Clouser Minnow  Gray/White/Gold #2, 2/0
Weber’s Rattle Shrimp Brown/Gold #1/0 (Reds)
1/2 n 1/2 Chart/White size #2/0 (great for Bonito)
Albaclouser #4, #2, #1/0 in Olive/White, Chartreuse/White
Chocklett’s Gummy Minnow #2, #4 (Albacore)
Lefty’s Deceiver #2, 2/0 in White, Chart/White, Red/White (all purpose)
Clouser Minnow #2, 2/0 in Chartreuse/White (catch all)