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I'm still pretty new to fly fishing but not to the sport as a whole. I have a simple setup and had a great time in the Spring fishing out in Colorado.

I finally have a day off and was thinking of heading up near Boone to fish on the Watuga from Durham.

It looks to be a bit warmer but not much. Do you think that it's even worth the trip? Will prob stop to by some flies and get some advice but wanted to ask here first.

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I live a couple of ridges over from where you are going and in the heat of the day its 20 degrees. We have had a cold November so far and you might expect ice in the guides and slow fishing for the stockers. At least they are probably there and you will not have a lot of competition for a spot to fish them. A lot elevation would be less challenging to be sure.
 

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Water temps are chilly... dress warm...regardless of the forecast high for the day. Fish cooperated quite well in the high country on Sunday. Lower elevations trout water like Mitchell, Stone Mt. and Ararat may be a good bit warmer than Watauga and Ashe Counties. raysweather.com is a pretty good source for localized weather in the mountains. Egg patterns, small nymphs, wooly buggers and the like all produced. Be prepared to fish deep (split shot) and slow....
 

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Seems like a better bet and plan for me coming from Durham is the Mitchell River. Any fly shops near there or on the way I could pick up some patterns?


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Well....Great Outdoor Provision in Winston and Greensboro and Green Drake in Winston. I haven't been in either in quite a while so not sure what the inventory of flies is like.

Otherwise, you'd have to come into Statesville downtown...then head north up 77....45 minutes to the Mitchell. If you decide to come on to Statesville, let me know approximate time....
 

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On the Mitchell there is that deeper and wide section at the mill dam. Has anyone snagged or noticed any fish there much?
That area gets pounded by everyone but yes there are fish there at times.

Chiefly, are you at Carolina Mountain sports? Or where?




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Yes. I've made lots of purchases from him.


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Great Outdoor in Winston has a good selection of flies, but I'm not so sure any of them can tell you what your best bet would be to throw. .
I love GOP in Winston and they have a large fly selection... But I would not count on the staff being able to help you with fly selection. They are mostly the granola eating vegan types who hike the app trail and kayak only for fun, not for fishing.... At least the ones I talked to . Considering they have some magnificent fishing kayaks, they don't have many fishing accessories, and they have not been able to help me with any fishing related questions.

Ex... few rod holders, no screwballs, no fishfinder mounting stuff, no hand paddles for maneuvering, no fishing nets, etc... Lots of water bottle holders.
 
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Yes. I've made lots of purchases from him.
And, wademaster, I am looking forward to assisting you with your "investments" in the future.

Yes...at Carolina Mt. Sports....1 mile west of exit 50 on I-77. Just let me know about what time you'll be in town...if you decide to come by. We have a good selection of yarn eggs; san juan worms; squirmy wormies, "dust mop" caddis; wooly buggers and 14, 16, 18 nymphs like pheasant tail, copper johns, hot spot squirrel, soft hackles etc. All have been good in the last couple of weeks on the DH streams.
 
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