Fly Fishing Asheville
Are you interested in fly fishing near Asheville and wondering what effect the weather will have on your trip? Think the trout don’t bite in the winter? Think again. As a cold water species, trout thrive in winter weather and here in the Appalachians we can fish for them all season long. So what about the bugs? Just because you don’t see a major hatch coming off, such as caddis or blue wing olives, doesn’t mean that the fish aren’t still eating tiny flies known as midges, which are found abundantly in trout streams and hatch throughout the day. In fact, that’s what this healthy rainbow trout ate: a tiny, size #26 midge emerger–in other words, a midge pupae that was rising up in the water column to hatch on the surface and fly away as an adult.
What to Wear While Fly Fishing Asheville
So just because it’s cold out, don’t feel like you can’t still enjoy your favorite waters. Just make sure you get bundled up first. I’d
suggest two pairs of thick wool-blend socks, synthetic long johns, fingerless gloves, a winter hat, and several layers. Smartwool makes great socks for cold weather activities such as winter fishing and hiking, and Patagonia Capilene makes an excellent baselayer. As far as outerwear goes, Simms makes Windstopper Foldover Mittens that convert from gloves to mittens, as well as Windstopper fleece jackets and winter hats with ear flaps. And the stuff works too; in the picture you can see I’m bundled up in my Simms Windstopper jacket, which keeps those cold winter winds out and keeps the heat in. I’m also sporting my trusty and versatile Fishpond Wasatch pack, which holds anything I could possibly need while I’m out on the water, including a water bladder and a rod tube holder for hikes into the backcountry.
Flies for Fly Fishing Asheville & Western North Carolina
As far as flies go, there are dozens of midge and egg patterns to choose from, and we will of course see some caddis and blue wing olives throughout the colder months as well. Come by our shop in Weaverville or Asheville and we’d be happy to talk to you more about fishing in cold weather and about fly selection for this time of year. Have a wonderful new year and get out there on the river!
For more seasonal stream reports, check out our Fly Fishing Asheville blog.
Asheville Fly Fishing Trips
Are you planning to go fly fishing in Asheville or Western North Carolina? Please fill out a Trip Interest form on the right side of this page and let’s go fishing! They are still biting…