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This Month’s Fly Box

THE June FLY BOX

Time to load the boxes with ‘yellar’ bugs (Sulphur pictured)

Jeff Wilkins photo 6-2017

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These Patterns will catch fish this month— if you don’t have some cream, yellow and orange colored dry  flies time to get them!:

Small Streams June (Emphasis on lighter flies …. transitioning to lighter stuff)

#16-18 Little Dark Olive    #10-12 Isonychia   #22-24 BWO Tiny  #4-8 Giant black stone  #14-16 yellow stone

#20-24 Trico #14 Light Cahill #16-18 Sulphur #10-12 Brown Stone  #18 Dun Caddis  #12-16 Speckled Grey Brown Caddis

#16-20 Grey-Brown (Dun) & Green Caddis  #10-12 Mottled Brown and Green Caddis  #12-14 Dark Dun and Black Caddis

#12-14 Lt Orange Egg or Y2K  #20-24 Midges  Gray, Black    #18-20 Griffiths Gnat   Small Adams Parachute #20-24

#20 Tungsten Zebra Midge blacks/browns   #18-24 Blackfly larva      #20-24 Blackfly #18-22 Black Caddis

Terrestrials:  Ants #10-16   Beetles  #12-14   Inchworms #10  Letort Crickets #10-12

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
#20-24 Jeff’s Superhair Mayfly Nymph, or 8/0 Baetis Nymph
#16-20 Red Copper John/Bob   #18-20 Jeff’s Copper Rojo   #10-12 Egg Patterns & Y2Ks (pinks n peach colors)

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Delayed  Harvest &  Hatchery Supported Waters

.North Carolina…Delayed Harvest (Black and white signs) waters received their first spring stocking beginning March 2018, and second stocking beginning April 2, 2018…..please refer to NC Wildlife listing for exact dates here .  Harvest opens on all DH waters on Sat June 2, 2018. Coldwater stocking by county here .  Weekly coldwater stocking update  here .  ALL DH Waters open for catch and release fishing through first Sat in June, 2018, after which regs switch to Hatchery Supported .  Refer to NC Wildlife website here for details .  HATCHERY SUPPORTED WATERS (GREEN SIGNS) OPENING DAY IS Saturday April 7, 2018.  Hatchery Supported Waters and Delayed Harvest are not the same thing.

 

NOTE:  DH Waters received first stocking for spring in March 2018 , starting March 1.  Season opens first Saturday in June (June 2, 2018) 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 great time to begin fishing shallow for postspawn bass 

Fish are in early summer mode great time to fish poppers

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  Poppers in the size 2 to 6 range

 

 

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Crappie & Bluegill— Bluegills will be moving to shallower water to spawn and a class of fish spawns every full moon between now and September…..Poppers are great and a small, slow sinking nymph or streamer fished very slowly if they sink very slowly…..crappie also are transitioning to deeper water  and a variety of weighted flies fished on a sinking line is a must to target them.  

Poppers size 8 to 12

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

**Rig of the Month :
Pick a Popper and tie 15 to 18″ of tippet off the hook bend and tie on a dark nymph

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Saltwater…..drum, specks inshore….Cobia, chopper bluefish, and king and spanish mackerel

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)