May 13th, 2019
Heavy rains have left our area with elevated water levels, making for some challenging fishing, especially around the Smokies. While the water is high, most small to mid size streams on our side of the hill are clear, which means that catching fish is possible. Larger streams, such as the Tuckaseegee, are still at flows far too high for safe wading, or productive fishing. This week's warm weather, combined with newly active trees, should bring water levels down to perfect fishing flows by the weekend.
The Davidson is flowing clear, and high. Fishing below the surface has been good throughout the day, but dry fly action has been limited to the last few hours of the evening. Cahills, Sulphurs, and Yellow Sallies have been coming off on most nights, with the responding to patterns imitating any of the above. Fly anglers shouldn't hesitate giving the Hatchery Supported section of the D a try either. This section is stocked weekly by the state, and offers a nice break from the pressured fish further upstream.
Wild trout fishing is good, even though the wading might be a bit sporty the further west you drive. As usual, fly selection isn't nearly as important as a good drift, making small stream fishing a good choice for those who have a sparse fly box. Look for some decent dry fly fishing toward the end of the week as the water drops.
Delayed Harvest fishing should remain good through May. The East Fork of the French Broad River typically has the best Spring evening hatches, so those looking to fish DH on the surface would be well served to pay it a visit in the weeks ahead. The Little River in Dupont State Forest, is also one worth trying out in May. The large pools can make for some good dry fly fishing late in the day, with most of the tourists disappearing well before the action heats up.
Flies to Try
Light Cahill 14-16, Sulphur 16-18, Yellow Sally 14-18, 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