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Fishing report 9/26/17
Fall has officially arrived here in WNC and along with pleasant days, anglers have been experiencing some great fishing out there. The arrival of fall brings spawning season for brook and brown trout. As these fish prepare for spawn they are often vulnerable to an easy looking meal. In the next few weeks, be on the lookout for reds, or spawning beds, and do not disturb these areas or the fish inhabiting them. Reds are often found in areas of the stream with gravel bed, especially in the tailouts of big pools. Do your best to insure the next generation of trout are given the opportunity to live and flourish.
North Fork French Broad
Water levels on the North Fork have remained good after the effects of Hurricane Irma. Water temps in the mid to upper 50s to low 60s mean fishing should remain consistent throughout the day. The North Fork was producing good hatches of bright yellow mayflies, yellow quills as I call them, that were bringing fish to the surface mid-day. Those seem to be tapering off but hare’s ear and pheasant tail patterns sub surface are still producing. If you’re searching for a pre-spawn monster brown, try swinging some serious meat early morning or late evening.
The Davidson is currently holding at about 80 cfs which is a very fishable level. Keep leaders long and
tippet light for these well educated trout. On the Davidson and other area streams, the crown jewel of fall hatches, the October caddis have been appearing. A size 10 or 12 orange stimulator or other favorite October caddis pattern would be a good choice if you see some big bugs in the air or rising fish. Also look out for small winter stoneflies and blue wing olives appearing, especially on cloudy days.
Small stream fishing has continued to be great throughout the day. Streams in th
e Davidson drainage as well as Courthouse Creek, or the East or West Forks of the Pigeon are all good destinations. If fishing in the Davidson drainage especially, look out for big browns making their way up the lower ends of the tributaries in search of spawning grounds. Again, if you see fish on spawning bed, please do not disturb them. If fishing brook trout streams on the parkway, look carefully for brook trout on beds.
We are approaching the end of the smallmouth season but we are hoping for a couple great weeks of smallmouth action before things slow down for the winter. Water levels and clarity on the French Broad in the Asheville area are great after more than a week of mostly dry weather. Highs in the 80s have water temps hovering just under the 70 degree mark so get in on the action before it’s too late. Work crayfish or baitfish patterns through the foamy water below the shoals and poppers on the banks.