Fishing Report April 15th, 2014

 Overview:  Trout fishing in our area continues to be excellent.  The opening up of our Hatchery Supported waters has added a few great streams back in to the mix, giving anglers even more choices when looking for waters in which to try their luck.  Hatches have been good on most streams, and the fish are still keeping “banker’s hours”, which means there is no reason to go fishing at sunrise, or stay until sunset. 

Davidson River:  The Davidson is fishing well, but presentation and approach are key.  Try smaller sizes of your favorite fly patterns and avoid fishing nymphs with too much flash, or bright bead heads.  Fishing the hatchery section seems to be on the up swing, with the fish holding in shaded areas on bright days.  As always, fishing the hatchery means having a good quiver of midges in your fly box and plenty of 7x fluorocarbon.

Fly Patterns:   Parachute Adams 18-20, Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Quill Gordons 16-18, Trip Savers 16,   Pheasant Tails 16-22,  Olive Hare's Ears 16-18, Black Copper John's 18-20, Zebra Midges 20-22, Johnny Flash Chocolate 22-24, Pure Midge Olive or Black 22-24.

Delayed Harvest Streams:  This is a great time to take advantage of NC’s Delayed Harvest program.  With April’s fish already stocked and comfortable in their lies, the quality of fishing anglers will find in our local DH waters is excellent.  Both the Little River and the East Fork of the French Broad make solid choices for beginning anglers looking to hone their skills, and the ease of wading found in both streams make them good for all age groups.

Fly Patterns: Elk Hair Caddis (Gray or Tan) 14-16, Memory Maker 12-14, Trip Saver 12-14, Guide's Choice Hare's Ear 14-16, Copper John's 14-16, BH Flash Bugger-White, Olive, or Black 10-12, Egg Patterns 10-14, Micro Spawn 12

Wild Trout:  Our area wild trout streams are fishing well.  South Mills River, Avery Creek, and Looking Glass Creek are all being reported as good.  Now is the time to get out those maps and start thinking Brook Trout.  There are lots of hidden gems out there that just take a little time on the hoof to unlock their potential.

Fly Patterns:  Parachute Adams 14-18, Elk Hair Caddis- Grey, Olive, or Black 14-18, BH Hare's Ears 14-18, BH Pheasant Tails 16-18, BH Prince Nymphs 14-16.

Smallmouth:  Last Monday’s deluge turned the French Broad into a quagmire.  Look for this week’s rain to do the same.