December 27, 2016
Overview: Western North Carolina remains in a drought despite the rain earlier in the month. Streamflows are around 1/3 of median flow, with no real precipitation in sight. Trout fishing has been fair, even with the low water, as daytime temperatures have been in the high 50’s and low 60’s. To be successful, anglers should be prepared to fish longer leaders and light fluorocarbon tippets on all area trout streams.
Davidson River: The Davidson is just as fickle as it has ever been. One stretch is hot, and one stretch is cold, and never remaining the same from day to day. Winter stonefly and midge hatches have been occurring almost daily, and dries can be fished with some success. Tippets for the Davidson should be no greater than 6.5x, and leaders should be at least 10 feet in length. If technical fishing seems daunting, swing through the shop on your way up the river and we can show you how best to set up your rigs, and even rig your rod for you.
Wild Trout: Wild trout fishing is fair. Lower elevation streams such as the South Mills River, and Looking Glass Creek are still producing fish. Stealthy approaches are required due to the low water, and the fishing occurs in a narrow window from mid morning until mid afternoon.
Delayed Harvest: Delayed Harvest fishing remains good with good numbers of fish to be found in the East Fork and the Little River. Crowds will plague the East Fork during the Holiday week, but anglers willing to do a bit of walking will find more solitude on the Little. As with the Davidson, tippets should be kept light and leaders long. Midges, tiny soft hackles, and small dries will all take their share of fish. Remember to respect fellow anglers, and give them plenty of room while fishing. Uninvited pool sharing is a big no-no.
Fly Patterns: Elk Hair Caddis(Black, Gray) 18-20, Black Stimulator 16-20, Griffith’s Gnat 18-22, Frenchie 18-20, Memory Maker 16-18, Devil Jig 16-18, Tung Dart 14-16, Tungsten Death Metal 16-20, Magnyphico 16-20, Brush Hog 16-20, Peacock Soft Hackle 16-20, Yuba Pupa 16-20, Zebra Midge 20-22, Tube Midge 20-22, Red Hot Midge 22-24, Barr’s Emerger 20-22