Davidson River Fishing Report

Stream Report June 3rd, 2024


We're finally settling into a proper summer vibe here at the PNF. We've been blessed with some pop-up thunderstorms lately, and with them, our rivers have filled up just right. We've got some fantastic fishable water levels thanks to the regular rain. And it looks like this weather pattern's sticking around for the rest of the week, with more rain on the way.

Be sure to call the shop to get the latest river conditions, or you can check the flows and temperatures HERE

Check the forecast for our area HERE.

For the freshest fishing report and tips on how to step up your game this season, be sure to stop by Davidson River Outfitters at 49 Pisgah Hwy, Suite 6 in Pisgah Forest. You'll find a few trout experts passionate about fishing and eager to share their knowledge with you. They are full of good information, even if they occasionally sprinkle in a bit of bullsh*t.

Please stop by the shop or call us at (888) 861 0111 to learn more about the current fishing conditions and get tips on catching more fish. We'll be happy to help you start your next fishing adventure!

Davidson River and Low Elevation Wild Trout

The Davidson River is seeing good action, with Caddis, Yellow Sallies, Inchworms, and ants all proving effective. At this time of year, you might witness a tube hatch as frequently as your favorite insect hatch. For a peaceful fishing experience on the D or lower elevation streams, it's best to concentrate your efforts on the early and late hours of the day. If you want to avoid the crowds on the D, consider exploring the North Fork of the French Broad, South Mills, or the West Fork of the French Broad. The West Fork may have some road construction, so plan accordingly. Despite this, it's still very fishable, although you may need more time to find parking in your usual spots.

Delayed Harvest Rivers

These streams will be legally open for trout harvest starting the first Saturday in June. When the harvest season begins, the trout population in these rivers will likely change during winter. Please consider this before you plan your fishing trips.

High-Elevation Wild Trout

Brook trout fishing, as well as all wild trout fishing, rewards those who are willing to walk a bit further. There has been a lot of fishing pressure on the easily accessible brook trout spots, leading to a decrease in their quality. It's worth hiking; it won't hurt you, and you'll catch more fish. As for flies, you can't go wrong with a Purple Haze, Para Adams, small Chubby, or a Sedge Hammer with a Thunderbug, Frenchie, or Soft Hackle for nymphs, all in the size 12-16 range. And for deeper waters, a wooly bugger, leech, or small sculpin will do the trick.

Remember to:

  • Keep the fish wet by minimizing their time out of the water.
  • Use barbless flies to facilitate quick and easy release.
  • Always respect the small streams that make our area such a special place.

French Broad River

The water temperatures are reaching the optimal range for Smallmouth Fishing. It's best to wait for clear, sunny days to fly fish for them, as they are more active during these conditions. On other days, you can still have success using light tackle. It's essential to seek clean water with a visibility of at least a few feet, which is crucial for the best fishing experience.






Would you be interested in more? Check out our Regional Rivers & Streams Overview and Hatch Chart with Fly Recommendations.

overhead shot of man fly fishing on the Davidson


Regional Rivers and Streams Guide

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