Fishing report 3/6/17
With some rain in the forecast this week, and the weather feeling a little more like winter, the fishing outlook is getting better. Water conditions are still generally low and clear throughout Transylvania County. Delicate presentations are a must. Dark spring Caddis’ have dominated the scene recently, with a few Quill Gordons and March Brown Mayflies showing up early and late in the day. Still look for winter Stoneflies and Blue Winged Olives on darker overcast days.
North Fork French Broad
If you’re looking for technical trout fishing in a beautiful setting, try out the North Fork of the French Broad. Gin clear water and gentle flows require stealth and patient fishing. Look for rising fish at any time of day, most likely dark Caddis or Blue Wings. Don’t hesitate to deliver some meaty flies like a Girdle Bug or Wooly Bugger in the faster riffles.
East Fork French Broad
We have great reports coming from the recently stocked East Fork of the French Broad. Attractor nymphs and dries with a more natural pattern (like pheasant tails) as a dropper should be the rig of choice. Water conditions are still very low and clear here as well, so if you happen to find that fishing seems tough, downsize those indicators, flies and tippet to find some success. The East Fork can sport great caddis and BWO hatches this time of year. If you need some fly recommendations or the hot bug call or stop by the shop.
Expect the warmest parts of the day to be your friend and best chance to find active fish. Go with 6x fluorocarbon on the bluelines. If you’re looking for rising fish then search with a parachute adams paired with a zebra midge dropper. Don’t blink, the strikes will be lightning fast!