Another week is in the books and the Upstate of South Carolina has been seriously cold and now, seriously wet. Rain all day today and more rain all day tomorrow. Nobody is fishing.
Earlier in the week we got some seriously cold temperatures with highs in the low teens. That just simply never happens around here, and it was a shock to most in this area. We just don’t prepare for those kind of temperatures in this area. We’re used to 35, 30, maybe down in the 20’s, but that is actually not too common. 9 degrees is just bananas.
The SC DNR stocked a slim 5,950 trout this week into local waters. The last several weeks have seen reduced numbers on stocking and I figure it will continue to be that way for several more weeks to come.
Little Eastatoee, Little Canebrake, Rocky Bottom, and the Lower Saluda rivers saw most of the fresh stock this past week. If you’re maybe planning on fishing on Sunday, these would probably be the places to hit. Although, if it were me, I would focus more on some of the out of the way small streams and hit those up.
With steady rain all day today and more all day tomorrow, expect most all of the small streams in this area to be muddied and fairly blown out. The bigger rivers will probably be decent for some Sunday slinging by the afternoon time, so sleep in.
If you head out slinging flies this weekend, good luck to you. Be safe out there.