NC Stream Reports
Last updated August 9th, 2017
STONE MOUNTAIN, MITCHELL RIVER & ARARAT RIVER
MITCHELL RIVER – DELAYED HARVEST ENDED ON JUNE 3, 2017 AND IS NOW UNDER HATCHERY SUPPORTED REGULATIONS. NEXT DELAYED HARVEST STOCKING WILL BE THE FIRST WEEK IN OCTOBER
STONE MOUNTAIN – DELAYED HARVEST ENDED ON JUNE 3, 2017 AND IS NOW UNDER HATCHERY SUPPORTED REGULATIONS. NEXT DELAYED HARVEST STOCKING WILL BE THE FIRST WEEK IN OCTOBER
ARARAT RIVER– DELAYED HARVEST ENDED ON JUNE 3, 2017 AND IS NOW UNDER HATCHERY SUPPORTED REGULATIONS. NEXT DELAYED HARVEST STOCKING WILL BE THE FIRST WEEK IN OCTOBER
Even after delayed harvest closes there are always a few fish left over. If you’re really desperate to get on the water close by then you can certainly still fish these streams. Target the deeper holes and runs. Use flies you wouldn’t normally use.
Here are some suggested flies to trick pressured trout: NYMPHS – purple prince nymph, the reckoner, copper johns in red and copper, rubber legged stone flies, wooly buggers in brown, El Diablo nymph, hot spot tungsten jig nymphs and worm patterns
DRY FLIES: parachute adams, elk hair caddis, stimulators and royal trudes.
** HELTON CONVERTED TO HATCHERY SUPPORTED JUNE 3, 2017. NEXT DELAYED HARVEST STOCKING WILL BE THE FIRST WEEK IN OCTOBER **
Helton has a lot of fishable water and lots of places for fish to survive and hide. Concentrate on the deeper holes and faster moving water. Hit places that don’t get pressured as fish will use these places to escape. Try unique flies that these fish maybe have not seen over the last four months.
Here are the fly patterns you will want to have: NYMPHS – Hotspot tungsten nymph in pink and yellow, the reckoner, psycho prince, rainbow warrior, brown and golden stoneflies and wooly buggers in brown and white. Sizes 12-16.
DRY FLIES: olive caddis, stimulators and adams.
**WILSON WILL CONVERT TO HATCHERY SUPPORTED JUNE 3, 2017. NEXT DELAYED HARVEST STOCKING WILL BE THE FIRST WEEK IN OCTOBER **
Wilson usually clears up faster due to it’s steeper gradient so it should be in decent shape in the next couple of days assuming wet get some drier weather. 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 is running above the median flow for this time of year but water temps are in the mid to upper 60’s so that means early morning and late afternoon will be the best times to catch fish. Patterns that will be productive include beetle patterns (12-16), Parachute ants (14-16), elk hair caddis (12-18) gold bead hares ears (10-14), pheasant tails (16-20), zug bug (16), zebra midges (18-22) and rubber legged stone flies.
TUCKASEEGEE RIVER (Jackson County, NC)
**NEXT STOCKING WILL BEGIN ON October 3rd, 2017 **
The Tuck is now hatchery support water until October but there are still a few holdovers to be caught. You’ll have to be more patient and thorough and use flies that are different from the more common patterns.
Productive flies: NYMPHS – psycho prince, san juan worm, hotspot tungsten nymph in pink and yellow, el diablo nymph, wooly buggers in black, olive and white, rubber leg stone flies.
DRY FLIES: olive and tan caddis, parachute adams, light cahill and stimulators.
NEW RIVER (SMALLMOUTH)
The smallmouth have been most active early and late in the day but faster water can hold fish through the middle of the day as well. For wading, the river needs to be around 1000cfs and you can go to www.thegreendrake.com to check the water flows under the links page. Clousers, deceivers, murdocks minnow, woolly buggers, clawdads and crittermites will work subsurface. The popper action has bee stellar as well so make sure to have a variety of colors and sizes.