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Offline Sapperpatten

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Whatís Good!!!
« on: December 15, 2018, 22:50:38 PM »
With all the weather of late whatís fishable? About to be on leave and Iím looking to take the pop up out for a few days with the fam.  Was looking at Stone Mountain State Park but they are closed to camping at the present time.  Anybody ever fished around Devils Fork State Park in SC?


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Re: Whatís Good!!!
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2018, 07:46:20 AM »
Not sure which Stone Mt. Park you'd planned to visit, but Sandy Creek family campground that butts up against the park property where Big Sandy Creek exits.  Big Sandy does not hold a bows until you hit the middle falls. I don't believe any east slope stream in NC is going to fish well this time of year.  Streams in the New watershed are high and only fish well between 3:30 and 4:30PM this time of year.

Regarding fishing choices, find some warmer water. Sniff out a spring fed creek in Northeast TN, or hit Elkhorn in WV, or maybe the Pound River/Breaks in western VA.  If water levels remain stubbornly high, hit the DH on the Nantahala at the hydro tunnel bypass.

Most should agree Jocassee is an attractive area that would not be particularly frigid.  The fam would probably enjoy a kayak tour or a boat ride around the lake. 

Another great family destination is Moses Cone/Julian Price park area near Blowing Rock.  Not sure if the campground is open year round however.  Not sure if you should bring kayaks are ice skates....Last Jan, the ice on lakes were probably a foot thick.  I enjoy hiking Julian Price/Moses Cone.
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Re: Whatís Good!!!
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2018, 11:33:33 AM »
The creeks in E Tenn are blown out due to the huge snowfall last Sunday and Monday. And the tailraces are running ape shit.
The Nantahala got nothing but rain,so it may be fishable now . If we have anybody on this forum from around Bryson City ,they could put you on some clean water.

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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2018, 12:18:47 PM »
Not familiar with that area. 
Y'all might look at Oconee State Park. 
Near the Chattooga River.
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Re: Whatís Good!!!
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2018, 08:34:06 AM »
Not much is good in VA. Small streams only. And another good slug of raining coming for Thur.-Fri.
Virtually every state or fed campground is shuttered for the winter. Private only.
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« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2018, 10:53:12 AM »
High gradient small stream trib. will be your best bet.  Everyone knows I love rain, but it needs to stop for at least a couple weeks.  Getting hammered again this week. 
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Re: Whatís Good!!!
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2018, 15:32:43 PM »
I agree this rain needs to stop!!! Thanks for all the insight.  We do have kayaks that we will be taking so the lake might be a better bet, happy fam = more fishing time for me and I can work on my still water game. Hopefully Iíll have a good report!  Tomorrow Iím going to drive to Stone Mountain State Park to hit the water, about 2:45 hrs from fayetnam. The park is back open and available for camping. If the fishing is good then we might go there.  Fly pic just because MTFGuests can't see images. Please login or login



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Re: Whatís Good!!!
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2018, 21:16:29 PM »
Cable,
 Lake fishing will be close to impossible now with a fly rod. The fish are deep and not likely to get shallow due to the cold rain and snow.
A buddy has been murdering the white perch on Lake Hickory ,but they are deep and he is using a spinning rod. Badin Lake (which is pretty close to you) has white perch ,but you need a depth finder to target them on the underwater humps.
The E Tenn streams are red and in the trees now.

remember this little tip --  Badin lake is a really great Bluegill / Shellcracker lake lake in May . I have caught thousands of bluegill on that lake on a fly rod.
PM me if ya want some more info on that lake (or any other lake in N.C.)

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« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2018, 22:13:39 PM »
Cable,
 Lake fishing will be close to impossible now with a fly rod. The fish are deep and not likely to get shallow due to the cold rain and snow.
A buddy has been murdering the white perch on Lake Hickory ,but they are deep and he is using a spinning rod. Badin Lake (which is pretty close to you) has white perch ,but you need a depth finder to target them on the underwater humps.
The E Tenn streams are red and in the trees now.

remember this little tip --  Badin lake is a really great Bluegill / Shellcracker lake lake in May . I have caught thousands of bluegill on that lake on a fly rod.
PM me if ya want some more info on that lake (or any other lake in N.C.)

  JT

Will do and thanks


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