March 4th, 2019
Water levels are still up, but most streams are very fishable. Anglers should expect to give the nymph rod a workout for most situations over the next few days, but there have been some winter stoneflies, and some small gray mayflies hatching. The water will remain elevated throughout the week, but most small to medium size streams should be fishable. Colder weather will delay any of the early spring hatches, but warmer days are around the corner.
The Davidson River is fishable and very clear. The current level is about two and a half times median flow, which isn't a bad thing, especially above Looking Glass Creek. Warmer afternoons late in the week could make for some insect activity on the surface, with winter stones, small caddis, and midges being the most likely candidates to hatch. Anglers should expect the water levels to hold throughout the week ahead.
Wild trout fishing is possible in lower gradient streams. Anglers should stick to a mid day time frame for better temperatures, and better fishing. The cold snap mid week may set back many small streams, so don't be disappointed if the fishing isn't on fire when the day time temps kick off at 14 degrees. On the plus side, many of our area's fire roads are currently closed due to the damp conditions, thus resulting in less pressure on streams such as Avery Creek, Bradley Creek, and the South Mills River. This is a great time for those anglers who also mountain bike, to explore wild trout streams that are currently out of reach for most on foot.
Delayed Harvest streams are currently receiving their March stockings, and should fish well despite the cold. Like the Davidson, most of these streams are holding at higher flows, which should make for more holding water for the fish to spread out into.
Flies to Try
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