NC Stream Reports

P1060603
Last updated June 6th, 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 CREEK

** 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 CREEK

**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 in great shape for fishing. Water levels are a little high but fishable. Patterns that will be productive include parachute adams (16-20), 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.