NC Stream Reports
Last updated April 5, 2018
STONE MOUNTAIN, MITCHELL RIVER & ARARAT RIVER
**The next stocking for the Mitchell and Stone Mountain will be on May 1st-May 3rd.
The fishing has been great on all of our delayed harvest waters. Warmer daytime temps have been welcome and the fishing has improved as a result. Water levels are in good shape and smaller flies have been working well in the tail outs of riffles and the longer slower sections.
Here are some suggested flies to produce good days on the river: NYMPHS – squimy worms (12), pheasant tails (16-20), copper johns (14-16),wooly buggers(6-8), hares ear (14-16) and rubberleg stoneflies (8-10).
DRY FLIES: parachute adams (18), elf hair caddis (16), blue winged olives (18-20)
** HELTON will also be stocked on May 1st**
Helton Creek just received it’s April stocking and the reports have been really good so far.
Here are the fly patterns you will want to have: NYMPHS – Pheasant tails (14-16), copper johns (14-16), zebra midge (18-20), rubberleg stoneflies(8-10) and wooly buggers in black and olive (6-8)
DRY FLIES: parachute adams (18), elk hair caddis (14-16) and royal wulff (14-16)
**WILSON WILL BE STOCKED ON May 2**
Wilson is also fishing well right now and that should continue over the next several weeks. Take the advice for the recommended flies above for the Mitchell and Stone Mtn and you will do well.
DAVIDSON RIVER (Brevard, NC)
Winter fishing on the Davidson has been good of late. Smaller flies plus longer and lighter tippet are a must. Afternoon fishing has been good with midges and small stoneflies. Streamer fishing has been great as well especially with the recent rains. Flies: pheasant tails (18-20), zebra midges (18-20), biot midge pupa (18), flashback baetis nymph (18-20).
TUCKASEEGEE RIVER (Jackson County, NC)
**Tuckaseegee will get its next stocking on May 2nd **
The Tuck has been fishing well with the warmer spring-like weather helping. The April stocking has taken place so if you’re up that way make sure to spend some time on this great river.
Productive flies: NYMPHS – psycho prince, san juan worm, hotspot tungsten nymph in pink and yellow, el diablo nymph, rainbow warriors, rubber leg stone flies and egg patterns.
DRY FLIES: olive and tan caddis, parachute adams.
NEW RIVER (SMALLMOUTH)
The smallmouth bite will be tough until water temps begin to warm up. That usually begins around the first couple of weeks in April. We will keep you posted when things turn on again.