June 23, 2017
Overview: Summer is officially here, and the trout fishing continues to be good throughout our area. Now that we are back in a more normal weather pattern, afternoon thunderstorms have maintained the rivers at optimum fishing flows while keeping water temperatures cool. Anglers can look forward to more pleasant weather in the final week of June, and hopefully a rainy July.
Davidson River: The Davidson is running at excellent flows, making for good fishing in the morning hours before the sun gets on the water. Terrestrials are the mainstay of summer trout diets, with inchworms being the hot fly over the last week. However, dry fly anglers will also find that well drifted beetle patterns will pick up fish cruising the foam lines in the slow water in the early morning hours. Once the sun is high in the sky, anglers can expect other river users to enter the stream bed, and should plan on retreating to higher elevation small streams, or throwing in the towel around noon and joining in on the swimming fun.
Wild Trout: Wild trout fishing is currently excellent. With the water table up, and cool nights in the high country, small stream anglers will find no shortage of water to explore. Now is a great time to fish the Forks of the Pigeon near their source off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Pleasant temperatures, an array of wildflowers, and vibrant Brook trout are all highlights of a day spent fishing at elevation. For those who want to fish closer to town, classics such as Avery Creek, Looking Glass Creek, and Cathey’s Creek are all fishing well.
Fly Patterns: Loco Beetle 12-14, Hi Vis Beetle 12-16, Texas Piss Ant 14-16, Trans-par-Ant 14-18, Stimulator 12-16, Yellow Humpy 12-16, Inchworm 12-14, Green Weenie 12-14, Kevin’s Caterpillar 12-14, Rubber Legged Fox Squirrel Nymph 12-16, Hare’s Ear 14-16