NC Stream Reports

P1060603
Last updated December 11, 2017

STONE MOUNTAIN, MITCHELL RIVER & ARARAT RIVER

**The next stocking will take place the first week of March. We will keep you posted on the exact dates.

Recent rain and snow over the weekend was surely needed and has helped the water levels. Colder air temperatures have brought down the water temps as well. This means sluggish and lethargic fish. But they still have to eat and so be persistent and use smaller flies this time of year.

Here are some suggested flies to produce good days on the river: NYMPHS – zebra midges (16-20), pheasant tails (16-20), copper johns (18), rainbow warriors (16-18), biot midge pupa (16-18) and flashback beatis nymph (16-18).

DRY FLIES: parachute adams (18), Griffiths gnat (18-20), beatis emerger (18-20)

HELTON CREEK

** HELTON will also be stocked the first week of March. We’ll keep you posted on the dates**

Helton Creek has been fishing well and the conditions are improving when it comes to water levels and such. Winter times fishing means fewer and smaller bugs are available to the fish to prepare accordingly.

Here are the fly patterns you will want to have: NYMPHS – Pheasant tails (16-18), copper johns (18), zebra midge (18-20), flashback beatis (18) and rainbow warriors (18)

DRY FLIES: parachute adams (18), Griffiths gnat (18-20), beatis emerger (18-20)

WILSON CREEK

**WILSON WILL BE STOCKED ON 11/2, 2017**

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)

The Davidson has decent but crystal clear water conditions right now. Smaller flies plus longer and lighter tippet are a must. The clear conditions create very spooky fish so remember that when wading. 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 in March of 2018  **

The Tuck has been fishing well over the last few weeks and that will continue on into November. Colder weather have the fish a little sluggish but they are still feeding. Be thorough with your drifts and cover areas well as these fish will not move much to feed.

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 has finally slowed down due to cooler night time temps but we are still having some warmer days to keep the fish somewhat active. Clouser minnows, crawdad patterns and poppers are still producing during the middle part of the day. Once that first or second frost occurs that will really almost shut it down until spring.