July 17th, 2019
Summer is here, and the weather is hot. With the heat have also come the summer crowds. Early mornings and a little hiking will prevent most swimmer and tuber interactions. Low elevation streams are too hot to fish after noon, or so, which means it's time to give the fish a break, and head up higher. Anglers who want to fish for larger trout all day should head to Watauga in Tennessee. Being a tailwater, it stays cool, and is home to some larger fish.
The Davidson is running a little higher, and cooler, than normal for mid July. While there are still some sporadic evening hatches, most dry fly action has shifted over to terrestrial insects. Ant and Beetle fishing is usually pretty fun during the morning hours on the main Davidson. However, after the sun gets up, and the temps get hot, you can expect lots of tubers and swimmers trying to beat the heat. This is a good time to either reel up and join in, or head up to small streams further in the mountains.
Wild Trout fishing is good, and conditions are such that there are ample opportunities for anglers to explore blue lines high up in Pisgah. Terrestrial patterns would be a first choice for fishing in the backcountry, but classic dry flies such as Humpies and Trudes will work as well. Remember to be bear aware, as mom's with cubs are scavenging about while waiting for the first berries to come in.
The French Broad is high and muddy. It will be at least five to six days before it is fishable.
Flies to Try
Loco Beetle 12-14, Disco Beetle 12-14, Foam Ant 14-16, Trans-par-ant 14-16, Chubby Chernobyl 12-16, Furry Foam Inchworm 12, Green Weenie 12, Sulphur 16-18, Yellow Sally 14-18, Cream Midge 22-26, Elk Hair Caddis 18-22, 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, Clouser Minnow 2-6, Jaw Breaker 1/0-4, Boogle Bug 4-6