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    Sep 2009
    shenandoah valley, va

    Default water temps and dry fly fishing

    Saturday I attended a lecture at Harry Murrays' fine fly shop on brookie fishing in the Shenandoah National park. Very informative. He said he checked water temps and when a certain threshold was reached in the early spring he knew it was time to switch from nymphs to drys. I never paid much attention to temps, but I was so impressed I bought a thermometer for my pack! Anyway, I started wondering what else temps could tell us and found this:
    Some interesting items on this list - 50' threshold for crawfish activity
    - 42' threshold for optimal midge hatch
    - 40-54 for BWO
    - 60' threshold for damsels
    Anybody else out there carry a thermometer and what info does it tell you?
    Last edited by pillcaster; 01-18-2016 at 10:19 PM.
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