February 14th, 2019
Water levels are still up, but most streams are very fishable. Anglers should expect to give the nymph rod a workout for most situations over the next few days, but there have been some winter stoneflies, and some small gray mayflies hatching. With rain in the forecast for next week, you can expect the water to stay high, and the streamer fishing to improve.
The Davidson River is fishable and very clear. The current level is about twice median flow, which results in better fishing, especially above Looking Glass Creek. Warmer afternoons could make for some insect activity on the surface, with winter stones, small caddis, and midges being the most likely candidates to hatch. Anglers should expect high water next week with the incoming rain.
Wild trout fishing is possible in lower gradient streams. Anglers should stick to a mid day time frame for better temperatures, and better fishing. Many of our area's fire roads are currently closed due to the damp conditions, thus resulting in less pressure on streams such as Avery Creek, Bradley Creek, and the South Mills River. This is a great time for those anglers who also mountain bike, to explore wild trout streams that are currently out of reach for most on foot.
Delayed Harvest streams are still producing some fish, but anglers won't find the fishing to be super easy. The "hold over's" from fall have been educated, and hardened by the winter's high water. Be prepared to fish technical fly patterns, plenty of split shot, and longer leaders when visiting DH streams. March is just around the corner, so some fresh fish are coming. Just not yet.
Flies to Try
Blue Wing Olive 20-22, Cream Midge 22-26, Elk Hair Caddis 18-22, Squirmy Worm 12-16, Lightning Bug 16-18, Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail 18-20, Tungsten Death Metal 18-20, Tungsten Parrott 16-18, Rainbow Warrior 16-20, Memory Maker 16-18, Trip Saver 14-16, Girdle Bug 8-12, Yuba Pupa 14-16, Zebra Midge 18-20, RS2 20-22, Glo Bug 12-14, Y2K 12-14, Mop 12, Slumpbuster 6-8, Wooly Bugger 6-8