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This Month’s Fly Box

THE Sept FLY BOX

 

 Blue Winged Olives are a major part of any Fall fly fishing game

Jeff Wilkins photo 2017

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These Patterns will catch fish this month— if you don’t have some lighter colored  flies time to get them!:

Small Streams Sept  (Transition back to darker flies will be coming….darker patterns rule)

#18 Dun Caddis  #14-16 Light Cahill   #14 Orange Spinner  #22-24 Tiny Blue Winged Olive

#22-24 Trico  #10-12 Isonychia  #22-24 Trico  #16-18 BWO (Little Dark Olive)

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

#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

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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 Click here  for a FREE Printable PDF Sept 2017  Small Stream Hatch Chart

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Delayed  Harvest &  Hatchery Supported Waters

.North Carolina…DH waters will get First Fall stocking starting Oct 2017, refer to NC Wildlife listing for exact dates here .  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 .

 

NOTE:  DH Waters receive last stocking for spring in May, starting May 1.  Season opens first Saturday in June 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 (OPEN IN 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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TN Tailwaters   PURCHASE TN TAILWATER FLIES FROM US

**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 ……

April/Early May 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

Click here  for a Printable TN Tailwaters Hatch Chart

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 fish topwater for bass 

Fish are in post spawn mode

Poppers, size 2 or 1/0   Pick a popper

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   #6 -8 Jeff’s Jiggy Streamer

 

 

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Crappie & Bluegill— Bluegills are also now in shallow water and a small, slow sinking nymph or streamer if they sink very slowly…..crappie also are still deep but soon will go shallow again and a variety of lightly weighted flies a must to target them.  Topwater bugs/poppers/dry flies are  on as well.  Bluegill spawn first full moon in May, all the way through to the last full moon of Sept.  ,many are now in spawn mode

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 :
Popper /Dropper   :  Try a small popper size 8 to 12 with an 18″ dropper off the popper and a size 12 black ant dropper

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Saltwater…..Right now  red drum/redfish and trout, and kings and spanish and cobia are on

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)