Davidson River Fishing Report

Stream Report / September 8th, 2021

Check this page regularly for updated stream conditions, and fly fishing reports for the Davidson River in Western North Carolina.

Davidson River Stream Conditions

Updates from September 2021 - The Davidson and surrounding streams are fishing well despite the massive flooding sustained from Tropical Storm Fred and then more rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

The river has stabilized around 100 CFS, which is still a little higher than normal for early September, but is probably the best level for fishing. If you are coming up to fish be advised that the road to the fish hatchery is still closed to vehicles. You can park on 276 and walk up FS475 to the hatchery, or you can fish your way up and walk the road back to your car. Use caution on the stream banks as they are still soft and capable of collapsing. It is nice to see the river clean of silt and slime and it’s fun to fish because it is like fishing a new river - you never know what new run is coming up!

The East and West Forks of the Pigeon are also fishing well but they have been totally rearranged by the floods. In places the river has moved rocks bigger than my Toyota Tundra, creating new holes and filling others in.

With cool nights forecast for the rest of the week and the weekend and the river being so clean and fun to fish at the moment, it is a great time to get out and enjoy some early fall fishing.

Boy with a brown trout he caught fly fishing in the Davidson River

For nymphs, Frenchies, Little Yellow Stonefly Nymphs, small girdle bugs and Kevin’s Stonefly have been working exceptionally well. On top we have had good success with Chubby Chernobyls size 12-16, Big Boned Caddis, and black ants. Of course, the number one fly has been a green inchworm for the last little bit.

Looking for more? Check out our Regional Rivers & Streams Overview and Hatch Chart with Fly Recommendations.

overhead shot of man fly fishing on the Davidson

Flies to Try

Fat Albert 10-14, Hi Vis Beetle 12-16, Texas Piss Ant 14-16, Kevin's Caterpillar 10-14, Furry Foam Inchworm 10-12, Greenie Weenie 10-14Squirmy Worm 12-16, Chubby Chernobyl 12-16, Cream Midge 22-26, Lightning Bug 16-18, Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail 18-20

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The river has stabilized around 100 CFS, which is still a little higher than normal for early September, but is probably the best level for fishing. Read More

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