It's mostly good news!
The beginning of October is delayed harvest time which means all of the streams are being stocked. A lot of options for where to go and what to fish and you can count on pretty active fish once they are stocked.
There is one issue in the highlands of NC. One of the damns that feed into the east fork of the Tuckaseegee is being worked on currently, which has been dumping into the delayed harvest section making the water a little off color. Otherwise, the fishing as a whole throughout the entire summer into the fall has been one to the best we’ve seen in the past 5-6 years due to more water from a right amount of rain (not too much, not to little). Let’s hope the excellent conditions are going to continue from the fall season and into early winter.
They call it fishing for a reason.
As you all know, everything is dependent on the water levels, and water temperatures, both of which trigger what hatches will or won’t come off. We had excellent bug activity throughout the summer, seeing inch worms about a month earlier than usual and they are still out and about. Yes, it is kind of late for inchworms to be out, but the warmth has extended the terrestrials.
All in all, it’s been an outstanding year for fishing.
Of course, once the calendar hits October, the hatches aren’t necessarily as prolific as they are in the springtime. That’s when the eastern seaboard gets more of our hatches.
The hatches to look out for this time of the year will be:
Blue Wing Olives [one of those bugs you always want to make sure you have in your box] work remarkably well on an overcast/foggy day and may range in size anywhere from an 18 to a 24.
The October Caddis is a bug that will hatch this time of the year; however, it’s not a prolific hatch. A lot of them typically hatch in the evening time. When you’re out there fishing, there is a good chance you won’t see the hatch while you are fishing so you can fish some variations of nymphs subsurface.