NC Stream Reports
Last updated February 20, 2018
STONE MOUNTAIN, MITCHELL RIVER & ARARAT RIVER
**The next stocking for the Mitchell and Stone Mountain will be on March 1st. The Ararat will be stocked on March 5
Things are back to normal for this month after a brutal January. 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 – 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), blue winged olives (18-20)
** HELTON will also be stocked on March 1st**
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)
**WILSON WILL BE STOCKED ON March 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 March 6 **
The Tuck has been fishing well despite the colder daytime temperatures. Mid day sessions have been prime time to be on the water. The 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 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.