December 17th, 2019
Recent rains have left the greater Pisgah area with good winter streamflows, and ample opportunities to fish. Colder mornings in the days to come, mean that anglers not need to get an early start. Conditions should remain good through the holiday week.
Water levels are near perfect on the Davidson. There have been some hatches of small winter stoneflies, and baetis in the afternoons, and the water levels are still good for those who want to go toss some streamers. The river has been fishing well from the Campground all the way up to the Daniel Ridge Trailhead. Just make sure you don't start to earl, or you will be spending some time waiting for things to warm up.
Wild trout fishing will slow down with the cooler weather. Plan on nymphing plunge pools and deep pockets until the afternoon sun warms things up. Smaller flies will make a big differece for those fishing road side attractions.
DH Streams are settling into their winter mode, and anglers will find the fish to be pickier, and more spread out. Nymphing is the name of the game, although there could be a random hatch of small, winter insects on a warm afternoon. As the water gets colder, and the fish become more pressured, smaller flies, and tippets, will be the key to success.
Now that cool weather has come back for the year, this is the time to get out and look for toothy critters. Big flies, and lots of casting, are what it takes to make the magic happen. We offer half day Musky floats through March, for those who are curious about what it is like to hunt the big fish.
Flies to Try
Squirmy Worm 12-16, Sucker Spawn 12-14, 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, Wooly Bugger 6-10, Slumpbuster 6-10