April 16, 2018
April fishing has been super solid across Western North Carolina. Quality hatches of both mayflies and caddis flies have been reported in multiple drainages, and the "catching" has been out weighing the "fishing". Recent rains have bumped streamflows up for the coming week, and will hopefully keep them near median flow. With more rain in the forecast for next weekend, trout fishing should continue to be good into May.
Davidson River: The Davidson has been offering some fine dry fly fishing in recent weeks. Hendricksons, Cahills, and a variety of Quill mayflies have been spotted, and caddis flies have been bouncing almost daily. There has also been some limited stonefly activity, as bridges and logs have been covered in shucks. As usual, light tippet and long leaders are the norm, even with added water and extra insects. As a bonus, the Hatchery Supported section of the Davidson is now open to fishing, offering fly anglers another stretch to explore. While this section does face pressure from an army of bait chuckers, there is some good fly water to be found, and a surprising number of fish.
Delayed Harvest: Delayed Harvest streams are fishing well, and are experiencing similar hatches to the Davidson. While weekends have been somewhat crowded, mid week anglers will find plenty of room to fish. As more insects continue to hatch, and the fish face more pressure, anglers should be prepared to fish more technical fly patterns and scale down on tippet sizing. As Spring marches onward, and warmer days bring out more enthusiasts, be sure to be courteous, park respectfully, and keep the fishing fun.
Wild Trout: Wild trout fishing is good and getting better. As water temperatures begin to rise, more backcountry streams are beginning to come alive. While all of our wild trout streams experience insect hatches, anglers will find that the fish care more about the drift than the type of fly that is drifted. Late April is one of the best times of the year to explore the Southern Appalachian woods. The ground is covered in a wide variety of wild flowers, and the green of the new leaves brings life back to the forest. We are happy to share places to explore, so don't hesitate to come by the shop when planning your backcountry adventure.
Fly Patterns: Dark Hendrickson 14-16, Light Hendrickson 14-16, Light Cahill 14-18, March Brown 12-14, Quill Gordon 16-18, Red Quill 14-18, Elk Hair Caddis 12-16, Pheasant Tail 14-18, Hare's Ear 12-16, Prince Nymph 14-18, Bill's Provider 10-12, Sheep Fly 10-12, Yuba Pupa 14-18, Girdle Bug 10-12