As of 5:00pm today, March 30th, Davidson River Outfitters will be closed for 30 days per the Governor of NC's order for Non Essential Businesses to close as part of an aggressive effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state. While this order comes as a heavy burden during our peak fishing season, we understand that the health and safety of our community is in everyone's best interest, and that small mountain towns can not risk a true outbreak.
Until then, if you need some flies, accessories, or some new gear, we will still have our web store open, and we will be offering free shipping on everything in the store. Web orders will be shipped the following business day from the date of order, so customers can expect timely shipment.
Unfortunately, we are also closing our Davidson River Private Water during this time, and our guide service is will be ceasing operations. If you would like to book dates from 04/30 onward, for either guided fishing, or for unguided time on the private water, please email email@example.com. We are expecting a rush of inquiries for both guided and unguided fishing in May and June, so the sooner you can let us know when you would like to fish, the better.
On the bright side for local anglers, fishing hasn't been closed on most public trout waters. All Wild Trout and most Delayed Harvest streams in our immediate area will remain open, which will give those who live near by a chance to get out. Dupont State Forest is closed to fishing, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is also closed. Some North Carolina stream stockings will be delayed, and those changes can be seen at https://www.ncwildlife.org/Fishing/Hatcheries-Stocking
We hope that everyone has a safe April, a happy Easter, and we look forward to outfitting you, and fishing with you in May, and beyond.
The Team at DRO
Travel Advisory: For those who may be still thinking of traveling to WNC during the month of April, note that some counties have individual rules pertaining to inbound travel of out of state residents. For example, Jackson County, where the Tuckaseegee River is located, requires a 14 day self quarantine period for all out of state visitors. Others, like Graham County, which is home to Snowbird and Santeetlah Creek, is closed to anyone who is not a resident of Graham County. The long and short of it is, if you have to travel to come here, please wait. All camping areas are closed, lodging options are very limited, and most businesses are closed. When all has settled back down, our area will gladly welcome you back to once again play in the mountains.