June 22nd, 2018
Summertime is officially here, and water conditions are about as good as they get for this time of year in WNC. The heavy rains of late May, have made for a silver lining of perfect streamflows and cooler water temperatures. Summer fishing is still summer fishing, so anglers will find the best chances of success will occur early in the moring, late in the evening, or on small streams at higher elevations. Terrestrials are at the top of the menu for trout diets throughout our area, so be sure to fill your fly box with some beetley inchwormy goodness.
The Davidson is at an optimum flow for fishing. The terrestrial bite is on in the early moring hours, and late evening anglers will find a few stoneflies hovering about just before dark. Even though the water is higher than normal, keep those leaders long and tippets light, as the fish are as persnickety as ever. Summer means lots of other river users during mid day hours, so be prepared for swimmers, tubers, and other water lovers to be out once the day starts to heat up. With the thermometer tickling the nine zero in the afternoons, putting up the fly rod and breaking out the swimsuit, might be a good idea.
Wild trout fishing is also at a Premium for late June. With a little extra juice in the streams, blue line anglers have seemingly endless possibilities to explore. The more commonly fished Wild Trout designated streams like Cathey's Creek, Avery Creek, and Courthouse Creek are all good bets, offering ease of access and scenery to boot. As a precaution, those anglers fishing high gradient streams should be aware of the weather. Strong thunderstorms can cause flash floods, and it is best to bail if it seems as though the water is rising.
Smallmouth fishing is sort of going on, but afternoon thundershowers have been bringing heavy sediment loads to the French Broad. Anglers who want to give it a try, should travel north of Asheville, and focus on the sections of river downstream of the MSD dam. The dam causes some of the mud to settle out, and often makes the river more fishable in the reaches below.
Loco Beetle 12, Hi Vis Beetle 12, Texas Piss Ant 14-16, Fat Albert 12-14, Green Weenie 12-14, Furry Foam Inchworm 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