Mar 102012
 

A couple weather systems have passed through the area the last few days, but things are shaping up for a great weekend. Water levels are slightly below average, and trending downward, so conditions should be relatively clear. The temperatures expected this weekend are also indicating this may be an excellent time to get some fishing in. Looks like highs in the low mid 60s Saturday and Sunday, with lows staying just above freezing. The potential is certainly there.

The SCDNR stocked quite a few trout this week. Over 11,000 to be exact. These were placed into streams like the North and Middle Saluda, Big Eastatoee, Chattooga, Little Eastatoee, Little Canebrake, and Rocky Bottom. With conditions such as they are, wild trout may also be up moving around, so there should be lots of opportunities.

Bring all the usual flies. Para Adams, BWO, assorted nymphs, buggers, caddis, you name it. Its March out there, and fishing will begin improving dramatically starting about right now. Have your 6x tippet handy if water conditions prove to be really clear. The skies will be clear, and foliage is still sparse except for a few evergreens, so be prepared to keep it stealthy this weekend.

Aug 252011
 
irene

As of the 5:00 pm advisory (8-25-11) Hurricane Irene is continuing on its NW to NNW track, and the rip current risk is becoming very high along the SC coastline. Tropical storm warnings have been issued from Edisto Beach to Little River Inlet. Six people have already been rescued today, and several beaches are already closed for swimming. Boating will also become quite dangerous over the course of the next several hours, probably into Saturday. It would be wise to avoid coastal waters all together for awhile. You can expect conditions to degrade further, especially moving north along the NC coastline.

Choppy water conditions and the possibility of storm surge will also affect inshore waters, tidal creeks, and marshes. Not to mention very strong winds. Might want to hold off on that Redfish fishing trip for a few days.

Jul 312011
 
thunderstorm

Looks like the chance of thunderstorms has increased in the Upstate SC region to 70% today, while the piedmont and coastalplain has jumped up to 50%. Check you’re forecast and radar again before you head out.

The risk of storms remains fairly high through tonight and into tomorrow as well. We could use the rain though. Nearly all SC counties are listed in moderate drought, 2 or 3 in severe drought, and most of the Upstate is in the incipient stage.

Jul 182011
 

The low pressure center that formed off the east coast of Florida on Saturday has strengthened into this year’s second tropical storm “Bret”. Forecast models still show some variance in its track, but it appears that it may skirt along the GA, SC, NC coastlines over the next couple days before turning out to sea. Offshore and near shore water conditions will probably be pretty choppy, with the potential for some nice swells and increased rip current risk.

Please visit the National Hurricane Center website for current advisories.

SUMMARY OF 800 PM EDT 7/17/2011…0000 UTC…INFORMATION
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LOCATION…27.5N 78.1W
ABOUT 100 MI…165 KM NW OF GREAT ABACO ISLAND
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…SSE OR 145 DEGREES AT 2 MPH…4 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1009 MB…29.80 INCHES

Jul 162011
 

A low pressure center has developed off the SE coast, roughly due east of Jacksonville, Florida. This will undoubtedly chop the water up off the coast of the Carolinas for the remainder of the weekend. It may even affect some inshore locations as well. I would anticipate an increased rip current threat also.

Hard to say if it will develop into a tropical cyclone or not. We’ll have to monitor it for the time being and see what happens. There are several different models showing varying tracks that it may take. At the moment it is nearly stationary. You can check out the latest info at the Weather Underground.