January 24, 2017
Overview: Western North Carolina received much needed rain earlier this week, bringing river levels back up to normal winter flows. An increase in flow, means better opportunities for trout anglers, especially around the Brevard area, where streamflows have been abysmal at best. With cooler temperatures in the forecast for the weekend, anglers should plan on concentrating their efforts during the mid day hours, and be ready to fish heavier flies and larger split shot than in previous weeks.
Davidson River: The Davidson currently has a healthy flow, and a very fishable clarity. Streamers were the ticket during the high water event early in the week, and weekend anglers shouldn’t be shy about chucking some meat. Those seeking numbers of fish, should try larger nymphs, such as Girdle Bugs and Sheep Flies, in combination with any variety of smaller tungsten beaded critters as droppers.
Delayed Harvest: The Delayed Harvest streams have water once again, but anglers may find that trout are no longer concentrated in the larger holes. Winter is historically the time when DH streams have fewer fish and tougher fishing. Fewer fish, and higher water, means that covering ground will be key to being successful.
Wild Trout: Wild trout fishing will slow with the onset of cooler temperatures. Those looking for “purity” in their trouting, should stick to lower elevation streams like the North Fork of the French Broad and the South Mills River. A box of heavy nymphs combined with copious amounts of split shot will be required for all, but the shallowest of runs.
Flies: CDC Winter Stone 20-22, Sprout Midge 22-24, Sheep Fly 8-12, Girdle Bug 6-10, Trip Saver 12-14, Frenchie 16-18, Brush Hog 16-18, Zoo Cougar 4-6, Sex Dungeon 2-6, Drunk and Disorderly 2-6, Zebra Midge 18-22, Pearl Jam Midge 20-22, Pure Midge 20-24