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The Asylum / Fall fishing in NC
« on: October 05, 2018, 09:28:36 AM »
Well, it is finally starting to look like fall is coming to the NC mountains. As the water cools, I will switch from fly fishing for bass and bluegills to fishing for trout. The trout fishing will be fun from now until there are so many autumn leaves in the water that fouling on the leaves becomes a problem. Even then the fishing will remain good in pools and runs that are not too choked up with leaves. A lot of the streams here switch to catch-and-release on October 1st, but that's OK by me.
The Current / NEW RODS
« on: June 05, 2018, 12:20:02 PM »
Who has a new rod, and what are your impressions? I wonder if anyone has a Orvis Helios 3 yet and if those rods are living up to the advertising claims. Or, who has jumped on the Retro-Rod band wagon and gone back to a fiberglas rod after years of carbon?

I am still pretty much an Orvis Superfine carbon guy, but I am curious about what's new and terrific.
The Asylum / Product Review: Soft Science Wading Boots
« on: October 21, 2017, 10:03:22 AM »
I recently purchased a pair of Soft Science Terrafin wading boots. The company was offering a sale price discount and free shipping, so with nothing to lose I decided to give them a try.

I have taken them on three multi-day fishing trips to the NC mountains so far, and they are now my official go-to wading boots. They are great.

Here is a link to their web page:

1. They are very light at just a touch over one pound for a pair. That is about half the weight of my Simms boots.
2. They are very soft and comfortable. Definitely good for an all-day wading boot.
3. Even though the soles are a proprietary rubber compound, they have traction that is every bit as good as traditional felt soles.
4. They dry very quickly.
5. They have a very good drainage system built in so added water weight is a minimum.
6. The soft upper folds to packs easily, and is very tough material that reminds me of the old "ballistic nylon" that was a staple of outdoor gear.

1. The toe-bumper area is minimal, but I am not an aggressive wader so that is not an issue for me.
2. Though they are high-top boots, there is no rigid ankle support other than what is offered by the padded collar and lacing them up.

1. I have not had them long enough to have an opinion about their long-term durability.

Overall: The Soft Science Terrafin Wading Boot is just about perfect for the fishing I do in the NC mountains. I have no doubt that they would serve me just as well in the mountain streams in the Rocky Mountains, or the spring creeks of the Driftless Area. The good traction and light weight make for a terrific combination.
The Asylum / Fall trout in the NC mountains
« on: September 01, 2017, 05:28:14 PM »
It will soon be time to get back up to my closest trout stream in the NC mountains. September brings a bit of rain and the cooler temps. That combination will cool the water enough to make the fish more active as colder water can hold more oxygen. Fishing the mountain streams improves around the middle of September and from then on until the really cold weather the fishing can be impressive.

The streams will be low and the water will be clear, and that means spooky fish. But, the fish are still hungry every day and the right offering can result in a strike. So, I am getting some things ready for the fly boxes. Here are some black/copper zebra nymphs with black tungsten bead heads. I also tied up some bead head brassies. Can't wait to get to the mountains and wet a line.

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