September 27, 2017
We have put another hot summer behind us. The Trout this year fared better than the last few summers. We had enough rain to keep the river levels at a moderate level and keep plenty of dissolved oxygen in it for the trout.
Delayed Harvest season in North Carolina will Begin on October 1st, so all of the DH streams will get a fresh round of fish on October 2. Remember that it will take about a week for them to get every stream stocked and full of fish. Thanks to the slightly higher water levels, I hear there are going to be some nice fish in the stockings.
The Davidson: The main Davidson has been fishing very well lately. There have been some Caddis around, but more fish are being caught on size 14-18 Black Ants. Small Tan Caddis in size 16 have also been working. With cooler weather predicted for the weekend, I would expect to see more caddis and fish should be looking up for the next couple of weeks. I would recommend using a dry dropper rig. Caddis 14-18, Parachute Adams 14-18, and smaller terrestrials 12-18 for your dry flies, followed by Soft Hackle Pheasant tails14-18, Trip Savers 14-16, Swing Nymphs14-18, and Anderson’s Bird of Prey 12-16. You should be using a nine foot leader and 6x tippet.
Davidson Trophy Water: Our Trophy Water section of the Davidson is fishing very well. We have stocked a few rainbow and a good number of Brown Trout. The Adams and Caddis that are working up the river are working in our part of the river as well. We are also catching a lot of fish on Girdle Bugs size 12 and Trip Saver Nymphs size 12-16. You will need 5-6x tippet and a nine foot leader.
Delayed Harvest: Once the Delayed Harvest streams are stocked, the fish will eat just about anything the first few days. I would try small Wooly Buggers in Olive or White, Y2K bugs size 14, and San Juan Worms in size 12. You will be fine fishing 4x tippet for a few days. After the fish get caught they will get more leader shy and move around to different holding spots. Try to fish the entire river, not just the honey holes.
Blue Lines (Wild Trout Streams): The Blue Lines have been fishing great as of late. Pretty much the same flies that are working on the Davidson will work on all of the Blue Lines. The one fly I would be sure to add to my box would be an Orange Palmer size 12-14. It always produces a lot of fish for me in the fall. Nine foot leaders tapered to 5x tippet will do great on all of the Blue Lines.
Smallmouth: With the warm, stable fall weather the smallies are really feeding strong for the coming winter months. Clouser Minnows 1/0-4, Deceivers 1-2 or whatever your favorite baitfish pattern is sure to produce some nice bass over the next couple of weeks.