March 17, 2017
Spring came early to Western North Carolina, only to be followed shortly by winter. With last week’s warm temperatures we were seeing daily hatches of Quill Gordon’s, Blue Quills and sporadic Blue Wing Olive’s on the cloudy days. Even in the snow on Sunday we had BWO’s hatching on the river. However, with Tuesday and Wednesday night temps dropping into the teens and the water temps taking a significant plunge, all of the hatch activity stopped. The good news is that the weather for the weekend looks good and the water will be warming as well. By Saturday I expect to see some good hatches of Quills again.
Davidson River: Anglers should find rising fish, especially mid-late afternoon. Nymphs will do better in the morning. Water is a little low but still fishing good. Flies: Quill Gordon Size 12-18, Black Caddis 14-18, Kevin’s Clipped Caddis 14-18, Para Adams 12-20, Pheasant Tail 12-18, Rainbow Warrior 16-20 Soft Hackle Hares Ear 12-18, Frenchie 16-20. Anglers will need 9-12 foot leaders tapered to 6x.
Wild water and Blue Line Streams: The small streams are still pretty cool and the bugs should be starting to hatch at any time. If you are headed to the high elevations please note the Parkway is still closed and you will encounter much cooler water temps. Flies: Quill Gordon Size 12-18, Black Caddis 14-18, Para Adams 12-20, Pheasant Tail 12-18, Rainbow Warrior 16-20 Soft Hackle Hares Ear 12-18, Frenchie 16-20. Anglers will need a 9 foot leader tapered to 5x.
Delayed Harvest: The DH waters have all received a March stocking and some really nice fish are being caught. Remember, the more they get fished the sneakier you will have to be. Try smaller flies and lighter tippet if not having any success on the normal worms and eggs. Flies: Brown Girdle Bug Size 8-12, Eggs 12-18, Squirmy Worms 12-18, Woolly Buggers 8-16, Kevin’s Clipped Caddis Gray 12-18, Para Adams 12-20, Frenchie 14-20, Sassi Solution 18-20, BH Tellico 12-18, Montana Prince 12-18, Zebra Midge 18-20. Anglers will want a 9-10 foot leader tapered to 6x.
Bass: The bass activity was looking good until the cold snap which has definitely sent them running for warm rocks and cover.