Water levels are elevated, but most of our area trout streams are very fishable after our brush with Hurricane Michael. Fall weather seems to also have finally arrived, making for some more trout friendly water temeratures, and pleasant fishing conditions. All of our area Delayed Harvest streams have been stocked for the month of October, so there are no shortage of options for anglers to explore.
The Davidson River is fishing well in the mornings, and the some of the angling herd has moved onto the DH streams in search of less finicky fish. Ants, caterpillars, and crickets are the daily special for surface action, with small soft hackles, sinking ants, and midges working for those fish who aren't looking up. As always, expect to fish long leaders, skinny tippets, and flies in one size smaller than you typically prefer.
Early Autumn is a great time to explore wild trout streams, especially those at higher elevation. Cooler night time temperatures should provide backcountry anglers with near perfect conditions for fall dry fly fishing. Native Brook Trout will soon enter their spawning phase, so anglers should be careful to be as gentle as possible with specimens brought to hand.
Area Delayed Harvest streams have received their first round of fish for fall. Many of these streams can become quite crowded, esoecially on the weekends. Anglers should do their best at playing nice, and giving each other plenty of space to fish. This means staying at least 50 yards apart from other anglers, and avoiding walking through the middle of runs, so as not to put the fish down. Per the usual, worms, eggs, and other "fast food" type flies will work in the immediate future. However, due to pressure, and neccessity, anglers can expect DH fish to begin to feed on small aquatic insects, and fly selections should be matched accordingly.
Squirmy Worm 12-16, Furry Foam Inchworm 12-14, Loco Beetle 12, Hi Vis Beetle 12, Texas Piss Ant 14-16, Trans-par-ant 14-16, Cinnamon Fur Ant 14-16, Fat Albert 12-14, Trip Saver 14-16, Zebra Midge 18-20, RS2 20-22, Glo Bug 12-14, Y2K 12-14, Mop 12