I suppose being a new year, there should be some resolutions on my mind. I’ve never been much for resolutions in the first place, however I would like to resolve to try to have an original thought or two to post this year. I know its been pretty much a rut around here, but we’ll see how it goes. Also, my biggest goal is simply to recover from whatever mystery condition I’ve been dealing with for nearly three months, which has certainly been a distraction. I hope to scout some more SC wild trout water in the near future, and I received some Rio tapered trout leaders the other day. Perhaps I’ll do a little review on those at some point. Hopefully there will also be some really neat new fly rods coming available this year as they roll out the rod shop (garage).
On to the trout stocking report. The SCDNR got down to business this week and stocked over 3,100 more trout into the likes of the Chauga River, East Fork of The Chattooga River, Lake Murray Tailwater, and the Chattooga River.
The weather for this weekend looks to be fair, with a chance of rain sneaking into the forecast on Sunday. Otherwise, things look decent with highs on Saturday in the mid 60s dropping to mid 50s on Sunday. Looks to be cloudy, so the fish may not be as spooky as they can be when its bright and clear. The lows will remain well above freezing so fishing has a chance of being rather productive.
Carry your usuals if you go. Small para Adams and BWOs, elk hair caddis, prince nymphs, hare’s ear nymphs, woolly buggers around size #8, and maybe a red fox nymph, or WD-40 nymph. The water is back down, so at least 6x tippet on the wild fish and 5x should be fine on hatchery supported water.