March 22nd, 2019
Spring is here and insect hatches have begun on many of our streams. Water levels are still elevated, but all rivers have been running clear and are fishable. The aforementioned hatches have been coming off mid day through the early afternoon, as mornings have still been quite chilly. Anglers should look for some warmer weather and water this weekend, and later next week, which will bring on even more insects and active fish.
The Davidson River is fishable and very clear. Dry fly fishing has been good in the afternoons with hatches of Quills, Caddis, and small Stoneflies. For those wanting to get out early, be sure to dress warm and bring plenty of split shot to get flies down to the fish. As we get into Spring, expect more anglers to be on the river throughout the week, so use some common sense when choosing fishing spots, and play nice with others.
Wild trout fishing is starting to get good, and will continue to get better. With morning temperatures continuing to be on the colder side, those looking to fish our small streams should get a later start for better fishing, and more comfortable conditions.
Delayed Harvest streams are fishing well, and can be crowded on nicer weather days. Like the Davidson, these streams are experiencing hatches mid day, so be sure to include some dries and some soft hackles in your DH box. Those looking to beat the crowds can try fishing very early, or very late.
Flies to Try
Blue Quill 16-18, Blue Dun 16-18, Adams 16-20, Blue Wing Olive 20-22, Cream Midge 22-26, Elk Hair Caddis 18-22, Squirmy Worm 12-16, Lightning Bug 16-18, Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail 18-20, Tungsten Death Metal 18-20, Tungsten Parrott 16-18, Rainbow Warrior 16-20, Memory Maker 16-18, Trip Saver 14-16, Girdle Bug 8-12, Yuba Pupa 14-16, Zebra Midge 18-20, RS2 20-22, Glo Bug 12-14, Y2K 12-14, Mop 12, Slumpbuster 6-8, Wooly Bugger 6-8