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We got a brief dose of rain over the weekend, but not enough to move the level on the gauge. That being said, the area still has plenty of options for those wanting to get out. Our "larger" small streams are fishing well when you can target some moving water where the fish feel protected. The main Davidson has had some excellent midge and BWO dry fly fishing when the sun is out. The DH streams have seen their second fall stocking by now and provide ample opportunities to get a rod bent while leaving some of the now spawning wild fish alone. Musky fishing is also starting to shape with cooler temps and ultra-clear water.
Check the forecast for our area HERE.
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The Davidson River and other area streams are *extremely* low and clear but still worth investigating. We are starting to see fish pairing up and beginning to spawn. Please leave these fish alone and be aware of the cleared gravel patches (redds) often, but not always, near the tail out of pools as these are sensitive spawning areas that don't need any other challenges they are already presented. Please avoid walking through these areas or fishing for these fish. Getting off the soapbox now, BWO patterns and midge fishing has been most productive during midday hours. Something like a comparadun, hackle stacker, or sprout midge with a small soft hackle in tow has yielded enough results to be worthwhile (all sized in the 18-22 range). If squinting for dear life isn't your style, you can find a few fish by striping and swinging micro streamers in the riffles or dead drifting lightly weighted stonefly patterns. For streamers, it is hard to beat a sparkle minnow or strawberry blonde in size 10, and the tried and true girdle bug has been getting it done in its lighter color variations for a stonefly.
I recommend checking the stocking schedule for the most accurate and up-to-date information. Fly selection for these streams should include a mix of bright attractor flies and more natural midge and mayfly patterns. These streams can harbor healthy populations of large wild and holdover trout that you can fool with a well-presented streamer during high water.
The Brookie streams aren't immune to the low water either. These ordinarily clear streams are now ultra-low and clear. These fish have been on the spawn for a while and are probably best left alone for another few weeks. If you do a fish cruising around not engaged in chasing tail, throw a single attractor dry like a purple haze or Adams in size 16 and prepare for a spirited refusal or an exciting eat. Just be sure to watch for reds as you stalk these gems of a fish.
Smallmouth fishing is in an interesting spot because the water is so clear, but the temps have dropped significantly; your best bet right now is to fish small dark-colored flies close to the bottom or bounce bottom with your favorite Ned rig variation. Musky fishing is also in good shape; cover water and keep the faith.
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