Davidson River Fishing Report – Week of August 15, 2012

by Nick Roberts

Davidson River Fly-fishing Report

Updated Every Wednesday

Water Conditions: Low, clear.  Davidson River Flow

A reminder: Summer is the crowded season at the Davidson, so please respect other anglers and their space. Trust ME! There are plenty of fish in the river for everyone to have a good time.

Hatches: yellow sallies, midges (cream, gray, brownish), tan caddis, light cahills. Also keep an eye out for terrestrials!!!

Fly suggestions: Terrestrials. Yellow Sallies, Midge emergers in gray, cream, brown. Sulphur comparaduns, light cahills,  Lowe’s midge larva, blood midges, Little lucy, red disco midge, elk hair caddis, rock worm caddis, . Inch Worm, ants, beetles.  Most any fly from our Davidson River Fly Selection Box would also do…

General Information: Water is low and clear, and should stay that way until it pours again.When it is low, use long leader and 6x tippet. When the water is up,  try stoneflies, streamers, midge larva, and midge emergers. A large caddis may get a rise too. I’ve ditched my waders for the summer and am using my Simms wading socks. Another good option is the Simms Wading Sandal. Make sure you make every cast count and sneak up to the big fish. 6x flourocarbon is a must, 7x may even be called for with dry fly fishing. We’re also getting into terrestrial season, so consider using an ant, inch worm, or even something bigger, with a dropper underneath. We have a great selection of terrestrial patterns, such as the flyin’ beetle , at both shops!

Projected Conditions:The river should fish well all week! With the humid weather, look for some afternoon and evening hatches to come off. If it rains heavy, re-rig with something big and dark and add weight.

Be careful if there is a lightning storm. You don’t want to be standing in water with a rod in your hand.

Planning a fly fishing trip to the Davidson River?  Let the professional fly fishing guides from Curtis Wright Outfitters take you there!