Author Archives: Brandon Barber

Dealing with Conditions

I’ll be honest, Mother Nature has not exactly been kind to me on my last few fishing outings.  In fact, last time I had the day to go fish, it rained hard all night and by the morning of, all the rivers were completely blown out.  I even drove to 4 different locations, just to see if anything was low enough to fish.  This week, conditions were a little better, but still far from ideal.  Recent rains again had the rivers high and murky. And it was a nice 27 degrees when I arrived.  Not to mention the river itself looked a little different as some areas had been silted in from high waters.  I started out throwing streamers and located a few fish scattered in the middle of the river.  As I worked my way into deeper water, I caught the best brookie of the day on the streamer:

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Once I had fished the streamer through the area, I switched over to nymphing with a larger black stone fly and a worm pattern.  After about 30 minutes of fishing this rig, it seemed apparent that the fish only really wanted the worm pattern.  After changing the worm up a few times, it also seemed that the fish mostly wanted a red one.  So, for the rest of the day, that is what I used.  I had to adjust the amount of split shot on occasion, and the depth of the indicator.  In a few places, I went without the indicator and just did some high sticking.  Keeping the worm near the bottom on a good drift produced a good many fish, and I was able to complete the slam with a brook, rainbow and brown trout all of decent size.  The higher murky water was surely dictating how I had to fish, and what the fish were responding to, but as long as you experiment and adapt to conditions you can have a productive day.

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Fall Fishing In Full Swing

This is certainly one of my favorite times of year, for a variety of reasons.  October through December just seems to have so much to offer between college football, deer hunting, and great fishing.  Combine that with the leaves changing color, cool temperatures and great Fall harvest foods and I am one happy camper.  I got out this week and did some trout fishing, my best fish was this decent rainbow:

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Many rivers in SC and NC will get stocked pretty heavy this time of year, and the DH regulated streams are back to catch-and-release only.  Plenty of trout in the rivers means more opportunity for catching.  My recent outing on the river started a little chilly, at 31 degrees outside.  Switching between olive and black streamers to dragging a stonefly and lightning bug nymph around produced most of my fish.  I did manage two fish on an elk hair caddis dry fly at one point when I wanted to just try something different.  I did not see any fish rising to bugs, but figured I would give it a shot and I the two fish took the dry fly in a fairly shallow riffle, but that was the only surface action I got.  One of them was a decent brown trout.

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