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These mountain trout streams are currently too cold for good fishing.  I suspect the higher stream levels in 2018 have helped these streams tremendously and predict good fishing once the streams start to warm--usually around mid March.

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Stream Update:  All the local trout streams such as Big Stoney Creek in Edinburg and Passage Creek in Fort Valley are full but fishable.  My son is practically addicted to fishing midges for trout.  When he can see them rising to take the naturals 40 feet in front of him he just can't leave them. On one of the streams we fish I'll see Jeff working on a pod of midge feeders and I head downstream to fish a different part of the stream. When I come back several hours later he's still working on that same pod...he'll look up...

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Update for February 12--All local trout streams are currently high and muddy from the recent rains.  Stay tuned for updates... The two-fly rig I discussed last week is very effective at this time of the year. During periods following heavy rains, a sinking tip III line with a Murray's Fluorocarbon Sinking 6ft 3X leader is good for attaching the streamer to the leader. Then I come off the bend of the streamer hook with 24 inches of 4X mono and attach the nymph. Right below the riffle I have good success with the Shenandoah Silver Ghost Streamer size 10 with...

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The recent rains and snow runoff have raised many of these streams. This causes many of the minnows and nymphs in the riffles to become exposed to the strong currents thus washing them out from below the streambottom stones.The trout get a good shot at both the minnows and nymphs and feed heavily upon them.  An exceptionally effective technique is to fish a streamer which matches the minnows the trout feed upon on a 9ft 3X Classic Leader. Then attach an artificial nymph that matches the natural nymphs to a 24 inch 4X mono below it.   The rig I...

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Update January 26--The local streams such as Big Stoney Creek in Edinburg and Passage Creek in Fort Valley are full but fishable.  Passage Creek was just recently stocked.   After the streams return to normal levels you can still get some great action on cress bugs and shrimp patterns as I discussed last week. Here is a tip if you are going to be fishing a larger trout stream--say 20 feet or wider. The warmest water is going to be downstream on the side of the stream from which the spring enters. This rich green weed-growth in the stream and around...

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