July 31st, 2018
Trout fishing is shockingly good for the end of July. Afternoons are still hot, but cool night time temperatures at high elevations have made for favorable water temperatures in all, but the most marginal of trout streams. With a large rain event forecast for the next few days, streams could easily become to high, or turbid to fish after heavy storms. However, these same storms should make for some ideal water conditions through the weekend and beyond.
The Davidson River is offering some fine summer fishing for those who are willing to get out early. Evening rain showers are providing ample streamflows and giving the typically clear water a slight stain that is perfect for nymphing, and streamer fishing. Anglers should come prepared with terrestrial patterns, as well as small to medium stonefly nymphs and simple streamer patterns. Summer is still summer, and as long as the sun comes out during the day, so will the tubers and swimmers, so anglers should be prepared to reel up and head to new water late morning, or put on a bathing suit and join the fun.
Wild trout fishing is good. Terrestrials remain as the top choice for fly patterns, and water levels in our streams couldn't be better. The blackberries are ripe, edible wild mushrooms abound with the moist conditions, and the blueberries should be coming in at higher elevations. These special treats can make for a great combination day of wild trout fishing and foraging.
The French Broad is currently blown out due to torrential down pours. Anglers could possibly eek one out of an eddy on a big dark bunny strip fly, but the chances are slim.
Green Weenie 12-14, Pink Weenie 12-14, Squirmy Worm 12-16, Furry Foam Inchworm 12-14, Loco Beetle 12, Hi Vis Beetle 12, Texas Piss Ant 14-16, Trans-par-ant 14-16, Cinnamon Fur Ant 14-16, Fat Albert 12-14, Trip Saver 14-16, Yellar Hammer Nymph 10-12, Bills Provider 8-12, Kevin's Stonefly 8-10, Zebra Midge 18-20, RS2 20-22, Foxy Red 4-6, Sparkle Minnow 4-8, Double Barrell Popper 4-6 Near Nuff Crayfish 2-6, Big Nasty 2-6