Fishing report 5/7/17
Rain has been the big story over the past couple weeks and we have been thankful for every drop. Area streams are holding at great levels right now and with all the spring bugs out, fishing has been great and should continue to be solid through this upcoming week. Rivers big and small, stocked and wild are all producing, so get out and enjoy.
North Fork French Broad
The North Fork has recently seen a lot more whitewater paddlers than anglers but as the high water continues to settle, look for great fishing opportunity in the next couple weeks. We’ve seen a lot of caddis hatching along with a few remaining march browns. Light cahills have been hatching thickly at times along with a few sporadic yellow sallies and sulphurs. Start looking for golden stonefly shucks any day now. Be careful if you venture into the gorge section in the next few days. At elevated water levels such as we have now, wading can be treacherous. For subsurface work, bring along some beefy nymphs with lots of split shot and you should find some wild trout lurking in the deep plunge pools and runs.
East Fork French Broad
The East Fork has recently received its final spring stocking so expect there to be plenty of eager fish willing to take a fly. Finding a place to park may be a bigger challenge than catching some fish. The last few hours of daylight typically offer more solitude so head out in the evening if you would like to avoid the crowds. Bring some of your favorite general attractors with some more natural looking nymphs and be sure those flies are drifting along the bottom.
Higher water levels on the small streams generally equates to spooking less fish and therefore catching more fish. A size 14 elk hair caddis or parachute adams with some size 14-18 pheasant tail or hare’s ear droppers should do the trick. If you’ve never experienced the joy of fishing small steams with a glass rod, you should. We’ve got some Redington Butterstick’s in stock that would be the perfect tool for the job.