Fishing Report March 4th, 2014
Overview: Warm weather over the past weekend led to the initial awakening of the first "spring time" mayfly hatches of the season. Quills were reported on several local streams and some decent dry fly fishing was had by more than one group of anglers. This dry fly action continued on into Monday, even though the warm temperatures did not. Monday's damp and cold brought Blue Winged Olives back into the mix and fish were taken on both surface and subsurface Baetis imitations.
Davidson River: Water levels on the Davidson are typical of an average winter with flows being about ⅔ higher than that of summer and visibility varying between clear and very clear. Small mayfly and stonefly patterns are the ticket for fishing on top. Colors should be grey, brown, or dark olive. The same sizes and color schemes also apply to sub surface patterns. Above all else, make sure whatever flies you tie on are fished on a leader of at least 9ft. ending in 6x or 7x fluorocarbon.
Delayed Harvest Streams: Now that we find ourselves in the first week of March, our area Delayed Harvest streams should be stocked over the next few days. This means that fresh, aggressive fish will be plentiful in most locations, and streamer fishing will be at a premium. Anglers who enjoy the streamer game should try small, flashy Zonkers, or Wooly Buggers fished with an erratic retrieve. For those who prefer a more subtle style of fishing, a variety of bead head nymphs will take fish both under indicators or fished on a tight line. Don't forget that a majority of the North Mills River is closed due to a large logging operation that is currently going on in that drainage and the US Forest Service has been strictly enforcing this closure.
Wild Trout: Early March is just about the time that some of our higher elevation wild trout streams begin to fish. Remember that the water here is typically colder than the lower elevation streams and the fish are not always aggressively feeding until much later in the month. With that being said, a warm afternoon can make for some dandy fishing up in the "Blue Lines" and fly selection isn't really as important as getting a good drift.