December 11th, 2018
Western North Carolina has had its first real tast of winter, and many of our local streams are currently inaccessible due to snow covered roads and downed trees. Anglers looking to get out this week should try heading further west toward the Tuckaseegee, Nantahala, and streams in the Smokies. These areas received considerably less snow, and will be easier to fish. Warmer temps, combined with rain later in the week, will free up most lower elevation stream access around Brevard, but will also bring some high water levlels for the weekend.
The Davidson is running cold and clear. Many access points are closed due to snow, and the road is somewhat treacherous. Anglers should find safer passage by Thursday, and good streamer fishing with the rain that follows this weekend.
Wild trout fishing may be on hold for this week in our local area. Low elevation Smokies streams would be worth a look for those who don't mind being mobile.
DH fishing has been good, but access currently is not. This would be a good time to for anglers in our area to head west and try some of the streams in Jackson, Swain, and Macon counties.
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, Zebra Midge 18-20, RS2 20-22, Glo Bug 12-14, Y2K 12-14, Mop 12