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Pisgah area streams are fishing well for late fall. There have been hatches of Blue Wing Olives, small Caddis, and Midges on sunny days on most of our local streams. The leaves are still coming down in the afternoons so and abundance of patience is needed once the wind begins to blow.
The Davidson is fishing well, but the water is a little low, and extremely clear. Midges, and Blue Wing Olives are hatching on warmer days, and there has been some fair dry fly fishing in the slower pools. The area near the fish hatchery continues to be a turkey shoot, as the fish that have escaped from this year's floods are still lingering in the river near their home.
Pisgah area Delayed Harvest streams have all received their November stockings, and are fishing well. Standard "fast food" fly patterns such as eggs, and worms, will do the trick. Add a small, flashy nymph for the picky fish, and you should have your bases covered.
Wild trout fishing is good during the mid day hours when the most sun is on the water. Hair wing dry flies with bead head nymph droppers will get it done in almost every situation outsided of deepest of plunge pools. Use caution entering and exiting the river, as the banks are still very unstable from the floods earlier this fall.
Howell's Trip Saver
The name says it all this fly will often times produce a fish saving your trip when nothing else will work. Designed by Kevin Howell, this fly was his secret weapon that he carried during his tournament fishing days. Kevin said he knew it was just different enough to catch those highly pressured fish. For a more subtle presentation the front legs can be removed.