June 19th, 2019
Delayed Harvest Season has officially come to an end, and summer fishing season has arrived across WNC. For trout minded anglers, this means fishing early morinings, higher elevations, or trekking to tailwaters like the Watauga and South Holston to find fish. For those who like to pursue warmwater species, June can be a great time to float the French Broad, and to explore "brown line" streams such as the Swannanoa and Big Laurel. Thunderstorms can muddy these streams easily, so do your homework before venturing out.
The Davidson is running a little higher, and cooler, than normal for mid June. While there are still some sporadic evening hatches, most dry fly action has shifted over to terrestrial insects. Ant and Beetle fishing is usually pretty fun during the morning hours on the main Davidson. However, after the sun gets up, and the temps get hot, you can expect lots of tubers and swimmers trying to beat the heat. This is a good time to either reel up and join in, or head up to small streams further in the mountains.
Wild Trout fishing is good, and conditions are such that there are ample opportunities for anglers to explore blue lines high up in Pisgah. Terrestrial patterns would be a first choice for fishing in the backcountry, but classic dry flies such as Humpies and Trudes will work as well. Remember to be bear aware, as mom's with cubs are scavenging about while waiting for the first berries to come in.
The French Broad is high and muddy. It will be at least five to six days before it is fishable.
Flies to Try
Loco Beetle 12-14, Disco Beetle 12-14, Foam Ant 14-16, Trans-par-ant 14-16, Chubby Chernobyl 12-16, Furry Foam Inchworm 12, Green Weenie 12, Sulphur 16-18, Yellow Sally 14-18, Cream Midge 22-26, Elk Hair Caddis 18-22, 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, Clouser Minnow 2-6, Jaw Breaker 1/0-4, Boogle Bug 4-6