Davidson River Fishing Report

Stream Report November 18th, 2021



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.

Davidson River

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.  

Delayed Harvest

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

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.

Flies to Try

Blue Wing Olive 20-22, Comparadun Olive 18-2, Adams 18-22Cream Midge 22-26, Lightning Bug 16-18, Sassi's Solution 18-20Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail 18-20

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


Regional Rivers and Streams Guide

Learn about the rivers and streams of WNC

Regional Rivers and Streams Guide

Learn More

What's biting in Western North Carolina?

Seasonal Hatch Chart and Fly Recommendations

What's biting in Western North Carolina?

Learn More

Avoid the crowds. Fish our private waters.

Learn More

Visit Our Store!

Located in Pisgah Forest, N.C., with the legendary Davidson River right out our back door, DRO carries a full line of fly fishing gear and apparel, as well as a wide range of fly tying materials and tools. Advice is always free, and we love pointing anglers in the right direction.

locate our store Shop Online


There's usually something fun up our sleeve every month of the year. Click the button below to find out what's happening.

View All Events

Davidson River Outfitters

Keep up with the latest from DRO:

Stream Report

Pisgah area streams are fishing well for late fall. Read More

Error Message