Current Fishing Report 3/26/19
After a long and unusually wet winter, spring has finally sprung here in WNC. Great water levels and bugs galore have made for some awesome conditions out there. Spring calls for good mayfly hatches and the blue quills and quill gordon’s have not disappointed. March browns, hendrickson’s, cahill’s, yellow and green drakes are approaching the dance floor as well. Hatches have been best in the afternoon but fish are feeding heavily on subsurface bugs throughout the day. Whenever you have time to get out, is a good time to get out.
North Fork of the French Broad
The North Fork is still running a little on the high side but there is so much great fishing opportunity out there. Soft hackle pheasant tails or hare’s ears in size 12-18 should produce subsurface. Look for fish rising in the afternoon to tempt with a dry fly snack. Dry/dropper in the rifles and pocket water might also be effective. Come see us at the shop for help with flies or if you need a cold beer after.
East Fork of the French Broad
The East Fork has been fishing great since the first spring stocking at the beginning of the month. The current batch of fresh stockers has become more educated since their arrival and are more likely to be taken on more natural looking nymphs and soft hackles. You may see surface activity in the afternoon. There will be a new arrival of fish early next month but until then, stick to 5 or 6X tippet for best results.
If you’ve been frustrated by the Davidson before, this is a great time of year to get redemption. These fish can be finicky but are feeding heavily. Soft hackles and small, natural looking nymphs will give you a good chance at success if tied on light tippet and presented on a good drift. If you see fish rising, take the extra time to sneak upstream and drift a dry fly down to it so you avoid alerting the fish with the line.
Small stream fishing is heating up with even warmer daytime temps on the horizon. The Whitewater and Thompson Rivers, or Courthouse Creek would make great destinations if you find yourself on the western end of Transylvania County. Bushy dry flies with hare’s ears or pheasant tails should do the trick.