West Fork Pigeon – Little black stones were on the menu. We had good luck with skinny Nelson’s and black caddis and also peacock caddis. Water is still a bit low so lighter lines were used. Fish were pretty active throughout the trip but the most active times were mid-morning through mid-afternoon. Make sure to get good drifts – fish are pickier.
North Mills River – A later start after that extra cup of coffee was a good choice. The bite picked up just before lunch after warming a bit and was pretty consistent through the early evening. Lots of split shot and a tight line presentation with dark stone flies was the best producer.
Little River – Water levels almost back to normal after recent rains. Beautiful sunny day with air temps to 60. Water temp was 49. Fish have spread out just a bit with more water in the river. Larger, heavier nymphs drifted deep most effective. Some dry fly activity with BWO’s and Orange Stimulators.
East Fork French Broad – Cool start to the morning, low 30’s. As the sun started to warm things up, midges and BWO’s started to appear. The midge hatch was pretty thick. Size 18 & 20 Blue wing dries and tiny black stone droppers size 22 and batis nymphs were the ticket. Good healthy fish were brought to the net.
Little River – Fish are getting “smart” towards the flies. Must use crossover patterns that resemble aquatic insects but still have some gaudy attributes such as bright colors or pronounced legs etc… Water is low and very clear at 45 degrees. Some good dry fly action in the afternoons with BWO patterns.
Little River – Water level low and VERY clear. Morning air temps in the mid 30’s with water temps about 42. Delayed Harvest stream recently stocked. Egg patterns with droppers most effective although dry flies were effective in the afternoon – mostly caddis and mayfly patterns dropped off of egg patterns.
Laurel River – Water is extremely low. Longer leaders and light tippet are demanded. Small flies are in order, and think darker drabber colors. Some decent surface activity has been happening in spurts during the afternoon. Again think small and not too flashy with your nymphs.
North Mills River – Presentation has been very important. Soft hackle flies have been the go to in these low water conditions. Trout have been holding at the back of pools eating dry flies and midges. When holding in deeper, faster water the trout will go after a bigger meal like a bosshog.
West Fork Pigeon – Low, cold flow. Fish are holding in deep channels and pools. Size 16 Copperback Little Yellow Stones with a drag free drift and size 6 and 10 Inverted Zonkers stripped aggressively are constant producers. Presentation is becoming more critical.
West Fork Pigeon – Very cool start to the day, air temp 46 deg in the morning warming to 58 around lunch. Blue skies with a few cream midges and tiny light colored may flies. Water temp 54 deg. Best bite on stone fly nymphs.
Little River – Good activity on dry flies although fish were very selective on patterns and drifts. Para BWO and BWO emergers, Little Black stonefly dries in the PM, Little Black Stonefly nymphs, Brown Stonefly nymphs and various attractor patterns were effective. Great water clarity for sight fishing opportunities. Water level on the low side but very fishable.
Curtis Creek – Had some rain recently so water levels perked up a good bit. Oddly, fish on this day were extremely spooky and selective. had to constantly change up flies throughout the day. mostly nymph fishing but caught a few on dry fly. Water temp 42, air temp 45.
Spring Creek – Cool cloudy start, fish were sluggish at first. As the skies cleared and the air temperature rose, the river came alive with bugs and a tremendous bite. Great numbers of fish and a few good sized ones were willing to take medium to small darker stones.
Laurel – The water remains extremely low and fish very selective especially on sunny days, but we continue to catch good numbers of healthy fish. Try smaller BWO nymphs trailing a larger stonefly nymph. Dry fly action has been on lean midges and BWO’s and tends to be later in the day as things warm up.
Tuckasegee – The river continues to run low and also continues to fish well. It was clear, cold, and windy today. The best strategy was getting it deep and slowing down the drift. Smaller tippets are still a must. Two fly nymph rigs were working well – #12 stone followed by #18 pheasant tail.
West Fork Pigeon River – As the weather cools the morning bite is slowing down a little until the sun is on the water. We are getting good action all day long as the temperature increases. Flies for this time are smaller with more action, soft hackles are catching many fish along with BWO nymphs.
Tuckasegee River – The Tuck was very low (make sure to check the release schedule). Good numbers of fish holding in deeper pools. Good numbers of rainbows with some brook trout mixed in. Fishing egg patterns down low is the ticket. Water temps are dropping nicely.
South Mills River – Water level fairly low and very clear. Blue sky day. Double nymph rig in AM with dark stonefly size 10 followed by a tan caddis pupa size 12 fished deep. Afternoon used tan caddis size 12 with pupa dropper and got most on the dry fly. Beautiful color in the trees.
Laurel River – We found them podded up in the larger pools on the river and suspending at different depths. We had a cold morning, starting just after dawn. Stoneflies were our main catching bug, with some trout falling for a bosshog or a small black stone.
Davidson River – Fished well even with minimal flows. Thick midge hatches are still coming off; with the right timing, action can be heavy. Cream Brooks Sprout, Moola Midges, Span Juan Worm.
Laurel River – Water is up compared to flows of the past 2 months. Fish are moving and are happy. They are tuned in to more natural looking flies and how they SHOULD be floating down the river. Hang close to the bottom and fish more natural colored flies (black, brown, grey). Skinny Nelsons, Copper John in Black, and Best Nest in black are good choices.
East Fork French Broad – The rivers are at a good level now but with decreased water and air temperature comes less active trout. The 9th was a cold day but as the temps warmed up, so did the trout. Trout were caught on large stoneflies as well as worms and caddis pupa.
Laurel River – Fishing has stayed consistent through the low water and now thankfully we have gotten some rain. Smaller flies and tippet have been the key. With more water and temperatures dropping, getting deep will be the key and make sure to slow down your drift.
West Fork Pigeon – There was little wind and cool weather but the trout did not take the flies aggressively, instead the trout would gently nibble the flies testing to see if it was real. The low clear water made it easy to see this action and many trout came to the net! Blue winged olives and caddis pupa were the flies of the day.
French Broad River – The river is low which is allowing for some great wading. Water is cool until late afternoon with a.m. temp at 58 and p.m. temp at 63. The small mouth bass bite is tapering off for the season unless we continue to get these warmer days. Streamers are working well.
Davidson River – Chilly start into a hot afternoon. Fish are active with nice midge action mid morning. Some effective patterns were Cream and Beatis Brook Sprout, and Copper Blondies – go small (size 22). Light tippet and long leaders are working best – try some fluorocarbon.
Curtis Creek – Cold start to the morning, gloves and hand warmers were much appreciated. The leaves have settled mostly to the bottom of pools. Early morning, dark, lightly weighted streamers followed by a traditional wet fly or spider on a cross stream dead drift and swing was most effective.
Laurel River – Low water means pickier fish. Lighter line is demanded most time with fluorocarbon recommended. Smaller than usual flies are producing best with stealthier presentations being rewarded. These beautiful Fall days shouldn’t be missed – get out and fish!
French Broad River – Smallmouth active in the morning on topwater poppers. Afternoon bite on minnow patterns and some crawfish patterns. Water very clear, fish extremely spooky. Distance cast required. water temp from 65 to 68
French Broad River – Water level very low and clear (temp 67 degrees) Good bite in the morning on top water flies. Then after lunch, we switched to streamers and had good action on them.
Half Day Wade
(1) Angler – $200
(2) Anglers – $275
(3) Anglers – $360
Full Day Wade
(1) Angler – $300
(2) Anglers – $375
(3) Anglers – $450
Half Day – $350
3/4 Day – $400
Full Day – $450