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This Month’s Fly Box

THE May FLY BOX

 

Time for yellar bugs …Sulphurs , Light Cahills, Pale Evening duns

Jeff Wilkins photo 

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These Patterns will catch fish this month— 

Small Streams May (Emphasis on lighter flies)

#14-18 Sulphur (#14 Rotunda, #16/18 invaria, and #18 dorothea)

#12-14 March Brown  #14 Grey Fox   #14 Light Cahill   #8-10 Green Drake (lower elev late month)

#22-24 Tiny Olive   #18 Dun Caddis  #10-12 Brown Stone  #4-8 Giant Black Stone

#14-16 Yellow Stone   #12-16 Speckled Gray-Brown Caddis   #16-20 Grey-Brown & Green Caddis

#10-12 Mottled brown and Green caddis  #12-14 Dark Dun /Black Caddis #18-22 Black Fly Larva  #20-24 Blackfly Adult

#20-24 Midges  Gray, Black    #20 Tungsten Zebra Midge blacks/browns

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 their last spring stocking beginning  spring stocking 5/1/2019…..please refer to NC Wildlife listing for exact dates here .  Harvest opens on all DH waters on Sat June 1, 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, 2019, 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 6, 2019.  Hatchery Supported Waters and Delayed Harvest are not the same thing.

 

NOTE:  Spring stocking of all Delayed Harvest waters will begin on March 1, 2019 and continue through March 15 .  Harvest Season opens first Saturday in June 2019 (June 1, 2019) 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 fish shallow as fish are in pre spawn mode

Fish are in spring pre spawn mode great time to late morning to midday to start fishing concentrating on the warmest 6 hrs of the day, and some shallow creeks where warmer water enters. Fish will be feeding intensely leading up to the spawn.

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— Fish are shallow and are entering an early to mid spring pattern, with crappie being shallow and some locations in the process of spawning…..and bluegill going shallower on points and in backs of creeks during the warmest part of the day and a variety of weighted flies fished on a floating line can be used  target them.  Crappie will eat same things you use for largemouth, in a smaller size.  My fave is a size 6 Chartreuse and white clouser minnow…you simply can’t fish close enough to cover to catch them.

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

**Rig of the Month :
Floating line with a 7.5 foot 3X leader and the fly of choice above, streamers if you are targeting crappie

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Saltwater…..drum fishing has been good in the sound and on the beaches, lots of quality fish being caught.  Shad are beginning to show up in our coastal rivers….spring is coming and everything is right on schedule!

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)