May 23, 2017
Overview: Cool, rainy weather is back in Western North Carolina, boosting streamflows and giving us all hope of a good summer trout season. This is traditionally the time for the best evening hatches in our area, with large Drakes, Cahills, Sulphurs, and Sallies filling the evening air. Anglers will find mid week water levels on the high side, but the holiday weekend is looking like good weather and good fishing conditions.
Davidson River: The Davidson is high, but fishable, and should be coming into a perfect range by Friday. Dry fly aficionados should look for good evening hatches starting around 7:00 pm, and only getting better as darkness approaches. For those who can’t get out at night, try to focus angling efforts in the early morning hours before the sun gets on the water, and the tourists enter into swim mode.
Delayed Harvest: Area Delayed Harvest streams are fishing great. There are still good numbers of fish in the East Fork, and some fine evening hatches to go along with them. The North Mills, and the Little River are also fishing well, but require a little more searching to find fish. The Tuckaseegee has been good, but will likely be too high for wade angling until early next week. As we approach the end of DH season, we encourage everyone to get out and enjoy this great resource before it disappears for summer.
Wild Trout: Wild trout fishing has been good, and should continue to be throughout the weekend. Just like the Davidson and DH streams, our wild waters are all experiencing evening hatches of cream to yellow mayflies, and yellow sally stoneflies. This is a great time of year to explore small streams such as Avery Creek, Cathey’s Creek, and Courthouse Creek. All an easy drive from town, and all featuring fine fishing for small wild fish. For the more adventurous angler, a trek into the West Fork French Broad gorge will yield larger fish, and challenging wading.
Fly Patterns: Light Cahill 14-16, Sulphur 14-16, Yellow Sally 16-18, Coffin Fly 8-12, Green Drake 8-12, Yellow Drake 8-12, Stimulator 12-16, Fox Squirrel Nymph 12-16, Trip Saver 12-14, Pheasant Tail 14-18, Soft Hackle 14-18