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Fishing report 7/11/17
We have finally experienced some of the dog days of summer but it looks like cooler weather is back on its way in. With highs hovering in the 90 degree range over the last couple of weeks, trout fishing has definitely slowed on the area’s bigger rivers. Small streams, however, have been very productive with fish eating both dries and nymphs enthusiastically. Looking out the window now I see some cold rain falling and the forecast calls for cooler days next week. Hopefully this wet, cool weather will last, and our better than average summer of trout fishing will continue.
North Fork French Broad
It has been a joy fishing the North Fork over the past couple weeks. Although it has certainly been more productive in the morning, many fish have been taken on big stonefly or terrestrial dries along with girdle bugs, inchworms, and pheasant tail variations. This wild trout stream is a great venue to take your fishing to the next level if you normally stick to delayed harvest streams.
The Davidson has warmed considerably over the past couple weeks. Early morning temps have been averaging in the 66-68 degree range. Parachute ants along with beetles and inchworms are still the best ticket to success. Very small soft hackles in the size 20 range are also good go-to’s. Be careful about the water temps, above 70 degrees makes for slow fishing and potential harm to the fish.
With plenty of water, our local small streams have been very productive of late. Courthouse Creek, Looking Glass, Upper Davidson, West and East Forks of the Pigeon are all great destinations. The usual suspects always produce if well presented. If you’ve never had a good small stream fishing experience, try a guided trip with us.
The smallmouth bite has remained good on rivers with clear water. Unfortunately, the French Broad has only been fishable a handful of days in the last couple weeks. The Pigeon and Tuckasegee have been productive with both spinning and fly tackle. The Pigeon is full of shad right now so white streams or x-raps have been most productive. The top water bite has been good with poppers as long as the water is clear.