West Fork Pigeon River – River was at a good level today with a water temp of 50 degrees. The trout liked smaller flies, scuds and San Juans. These DH fish start looking for naturals the longer they are in the water. There was even a hatch of blue quills when the temperature warmed a few degrees.
Laurel River – Awesome day on the water, overcast and warm with just the slightest breeze that didn’t hinder us a bit. The water had a little color to it and the strikes were light so we had to be on our toes with quick hook sets. Small natural nymphs and emergers did the trick as the fish are pickier, no junk food here!
Upper Curtis Creek – Great early season stream flow with water temp around 45F. Descent number of bugs on the water, Hendricksons and Quills along with a few light colored midges. Dry/ Dropper rigs were the trick with close to even numbers of takes on the dry and dropper. Size 16 Thunderhead and #16 PT were the ticket.
Laurel River – Water was big and brown. We had to look hard for slower moving water because that is where the fish were. Once we found it, a good deep drift was critical. Good numbers caught especially with conditions. Stop e flies and San Juan did well. Hooking fish didn’t always mean landing them as the fast water continued to present challenges.
West Fork Pigeon – With sightly elevated stream flows, the fish were podded in eddies and slack water; and fishing and drifting over faster currents can sometimes be a challenge if your mend rhythm is off. Early morning bite was good on smaller trailing flies and as the sun warmed thing up a bit the bite moved more to the larger attractors.
Little River – DH water – recently stocked. Rainy cold day. High water levels with water temp at 46. Water clarity was perfectly clear. Bright colored flies were most effective. Landed very good numbers of fish and some quite large fish as well. Make sure to get good drifts in higher water.
West Fork Pigeon – Water is still clear and fish are eager to eat. Spanflex stones in Tan and Green, Purple Nerbies, Super Doopers, and Bird’s Nests have all been turning fish. There are some October caddis still around so don’t ignore the pupae or adult stages. 5x tippet has been sufficient.
Davidson River – Beautiful fall day! Water is a bit low at 60 cfs and clear. Water temp was 48 to start the day. Good hatches of small tan Caddis, cream Midges and some BWO’s. Best luck on gray Midges sizes 22-26. Very light bite. Landed an 18″ Brown for the largest fish of the day. Beautiful color in the leaves.
West Fork Pigeon – Trout were holding in pockets, deep holes as well as the riffles. We caught trout on small natural flies. The BWO nymphs worked well in the riffles. A drag free drift was important to get the trout to eat our flies. With the river back to around 80 cfs light tippet was also important.
Davidson River – Water levels have been holding. Stick with 6x floro and possibly 7x to a dropper. Midges have been getting the most eats, but an occasional BWO or caddis will draw fish to the surface. Brooks Sprouts and miracle midges are good bets and also zebra midges.
Davidson River – Water levels are great for this time of year. 6x is still a must, to go with your sub size 20 fly. Miracle nymphs, brooks sprouts, sparrow midges, and zebra midges are all great bets. Keep your cast short and work on great drifts. Fish are feeding light, so don’t hesitate to set the hook.
Davidson River – Fished on the day of an incoming rainstorm. Usually fishes well with the water on the rise using streamers. Got some nice fish before the rains on the standard midge rig but after the water came up only a few fish on streamers. Called it an early day.
Davidson River – Fish have been well educated this summer evidenced by the tentative approach and extremely light bite to our flies. Fast hook sets were a must or the fish would spit the fly without popping the indicator. The usual attractor rig with a midge behind in sizes 24 to 30 were most effective. Some topwater action with very small suplfur emergers and some terrestrials.
Davidson River – Clear and sunny weather with temperature hovering near 80. Terrestrials, (ants and beetles) with red or black zebra midge (size 20-22) dropper produced the most action. Water flow and temperature are optimal despite it being early August. Recommend fishing early to beat the tube hatch and to fish the coolest part of the day.
French Broad River – Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass. Water levels were perfect for wading and clarity was good. Water temp was 68 at 10:30am. Tried a number of minnow patterns and presentations but the best performer of the day was the Crawdaddy in rust. Largest fish of the day was 16″. If you want to change it up a bit in the summer, try smallies.
Davidson River – River levels are normal for this time of year. Water temps are on the cool side thanks to cool evening air temps. Some top water action with terrestrials in the am along with the standard midges fished behind larger attractor flies. Mostly Rainbows landed with a few Browns and one Brook. largest fish was 16″. 7x fluorocarbon tippet is strongly recommended.
Davidson River – Today the weather was hot! With that temperature change came a good feeding time by the trout. We caught them on midges, emergers, and splitcase nymphs. We found a golden stonefly under one rock. The water temperature was at a good level of around 62 with the level stabilizing. Don’t get stuck in one spot – move around.
Davidson River – Water was rather high after a good rain last night. CFS in the upper 300’s and dirty. Fishable water was tough to find, but a few seams and eddies held fish willing to eat. Lots of split-shot and heavier than normal tippet along with drowned ants, larger tungsten zebra midges and small pheasant tails worked best.
Davidson River – The Davidson was running well today. The water level was falling from the rain Saturday running in the lower 100s cfs. Water temperature increased to around 67 degrees as the day warmed up. The trout were moving into the riffles to find extra oxygen. We caught a good number of rainbows on midges and emergers using high stick techniques.
French Broad River – Water levels and overcast skies were spot on for a good wade from Asheville to Marshall. The Asheville gauge read 1.9 feet and the water was slowly falling. Water visibility was more that two feet but still slightly off color. Streamers and Crawdad patterns in olive to chartreuse were the best producers with some top water action on black poppers – nothing like a smallie on top water.
West Fork Pigeon River – Fishing was great with good numbers to the net and fish feeding readily. Golden stonefly nymphs did well along with smaller PMD nymphs. Not a ton of surface activity, but a few fish were seen rising and taking bugs off the surface. Saw some caddish and yellow sallies flying throughout the day, but not a ton.
Wild Water – Beautiful spring morning and perfect day to be out on a shady wild stream with a 4wt bamboo rod. Temps reached the upper 60’s under the canopy and water 56 deg just before hiking back out. Green Drakes and other large may flies along with yellow sally stones were in good numbers. Size 14 Para. Yellow Adams worked great for lots of eager rainbows.
Davidson River – We had some big storms roll through and the water was up today. The water temperatures were in the low 50’s and the air temperatures were in the low 60’s. Caddis larva and midges were catching fish. Just because the water is high doesn’t mean you can’t get out there and fish. Look for pockets of calmer water and get deeper drifts.
West Fork Pigeon River – The water level fell as the day went on, and was around 100cfs which made for a great day of fishing. The temperature rose as the day wore on with 62 as average. The flies we used were small stones and split case nymphs. Good drifts were a must since these fish have seen a lot of flies lately. Mixing up the flies was also helpful.
Laurel River – Fish have become somewhat particular with water levels being lower before the recent rains. Great drifts and smaller more realistic flies where in order. 6X tippet was in demand with Florocarbon getting even better results. When venturing out now, make sure to have split shot and some larger stoneflies.
Laurel River – Water was a bit high but more than clear enough to fish. I recommend larger dark stoneflies trailed by smaller rubber legged nymphs. Fish have been willing to chase flies on the swing and well presented streamers. As most of the rivers in our area are a bit high, make sure to have a variety of weight to help get your flues down.
Cherokee – Water temp in the low 40’s after some cold nights. Hatches of Little Yellow Sallies and some Black Caddis. Fish were sluggish until the sun hit the water then reticent throughout the day. Light bites on size 20 and smaller nymphs. Nice to see the elk near the river at the end of the day.
West Fork Pigeon – Saw good hatches of Mayflies, Caddis, Stones and Midges of various types and glad to see our first Little Yellow Sally hatch with significant numbers. Bite was on early with Brooks, Browns and Rainbows all coming to the net some were of good size in the 16″ to 18″ range. Fish fought hard and had beautiful coloration.
Curtis Creek – Water was on the low side and crystal clear. Good numbers of fish were still looming around, and were not leader or hook shy. Eggs and worms pulled a few fish but smaller, more realistic nymphs were the real winners. Pheasant tails, Hare’s Ears, and little Golden Stones were money! Some surface activity, but was very sporadic.
South Mills River – High of 47 with mild winds and cloud cover. Water temp at 43 with stream full and clear. Hatches of March Browns with some Hendricksons and a few Blue Quills as well as some tan Caddis. Caught a number of wild rainbows up to 11″ mostly on March Brown dry flies size 12. Caught a few on Thunderheads as well.
Laurel River – The water was up a bit but not too much – fish were a bit more spread out. The water temp was 43. The trout turned on later in the afternoon as the air and water temperatures rose. Fish were eating soft hackles and eggs. Due to the higher water we were able to fish some parts of the river that normally don’t hold fish.
Laurel River – The water was a little low today but the light rain in the morning helped add a little color so it wasn’t so clear. The trout were biting on eggs, stoneflies and streamers. A white zonker did the trick to catch the bigger trout. Streamers are great patterns for larger trout.
Laurel River – The trout were schooled up in the bigger pools and the increased number of trout in each pool helped stir up the competition for food. We caught trout on stoneflies, bwo nymphs and midges. It was a cool morning and as the sun warmed the river the fishing action got better.
Davidson River – Nice cool start to the morning. Water was 51F at 7:30am. Small caddis, BWO’s and cream midges were all hatching at various times throughout the day. Small cream and gray midges produced good numbers of fish for most of the morning and attractor nymphs after lunch.
Davidson River – Water was 54F at 8am and small cream midges produced good numbers of fish for most of the morning. Be mindful near banks and pool edges, leaves can cause a very deceiving mound that may appear wade-able but can turn into a mucky, stick mess. Wade with caution!
French Broad – Fly fishing for Smallmouth Bass today. Most action on a crawdad pattern fished deep but some minnow and top water action throughout the day as well. Focused on the fast water seams and bubble lines. Beautiful day but weather fluctuations made the bite go hot and cold.
Davidson River – Water was well above seasonal average but lower than recently. Fish were eager first thing with interest tapering as the morning went on. Small was still the key, with brooks sprouts and miracle nymphs pulling fish. Had a few fish inspect our terrestrials in the afternoon.
Davidson River – Rain has returned to the mountains! Stream flows are still a bit low but much cooler. Cloudy skies and a quick shower during the trip produced a nice BWO hatch. Tiny Crane flies, Caddis around size 20, cream midges and black flies were all present and in good numbers.
Davidson River – Water was rather high after a hard rain mid-morning. CFS around 400 and dirty. Fishable water was tough to find, but a few seams and eddies held a fish or two willing to eat. Lots of split-shot and heavier than normal tippet along with drowned ants, larger tungsten zebra midges and worm patterns worked best. Mending and slowing down the drift were critical.
Davidson River – Stream flows are down a bit and temps at their lowest sense May, with lows in the upper 50’s (early morning streams temps have been around 60). The bite has been decent from sunrise to around 11 when things start to slow down. Barbless terrestrials and midge Dry/Dropper rigs have produced the best. Keep the playing of the fish short, or let them shake off.
Davidson River – Fish were feeding well especially in moving water. 7x tippet is a must as water levels continue to drop. Find fish and fish to them as opposed to blind casting. Think small in fly selection, but an inch worm as a point fly can still bring fish to the net. Grays and creams have been top producers when choosing midges, but don’t forget to have some reds.
Looking Glass Creek – Wild Water: Great morning for a hike into the woods in search of small fish. A cool start and even cooler water temperatures though they creeped toward unfavorable levels by mid day. Lots of action on drys, 14-16 Yellow Pars Adams and Tennessee Wulffs. Some fish were responsive to PMD droppers. Keep them wet, and stay hydrated yourself!
South Toe at Mount Mitchell golf course – Variable cloudy with temps in the low 70’s. Nymphing the riffles and tailouts produced fish with frequency. Most productive flies were Purple Nerbie size 16, Guides Choice Inch Worm size 16, and Split Case Sulfur Nymph size 18. The biggest fish of the day were caught on a variety of caddis drys.
Wild Water: Water temps at 54 degrees. River was clear and running at a healthy level. Some good hatches of mayflies particularly Little Yellow Sallies with some Yellow Mayfly Drakes. Light Cahills, Rusty Spinners in the afternoon with a few Green Drakes mixed in. Fish were smallish but good numbers of fish to the hook.
Davidson River: With water levels holding at higher than normal levels, fishing has been good. As usual though, light leaders and tippets are in demand. Midges are the main course but we are seeing a variety of other insects as well. Yellow sallies are the most obvious, but there are other mayflies starting to chime in as well. Be observant, and and match what you see.
Wild Water: Water temps at 52 degrees. Rivers are full and clear. Some good hatches of mayflies particularly Yellow Mayfly Drakes and Light Cahills, Rusty Spinners in the afternoon with a few Green Drakes mixed in. Stoneflies of varied types – Little Yellow Sallies in Yellow and Chartreuse, Needleflies, Golden Stones and one very large salmonfly. A few olive Caddis flies size 16 to boot. Plenty of fish to be had.
Wild Water: Stream flows and temperatures remain at good fishing levels and it looks like a really nice start to early summer. Yellow Sallys and a few Green Drakes seen throughout the early afternoon. Sz. 16 Yellow Caddis and sz. 18 micro stone droppers in the deeper pools. Good number of small wild rainbows and a few in the 8″ range.
Laurel River – Good water levels and slightly off colored. Fished well subsurface with stonefly nymphs and flashier smaller nymphs. Streamers also brought several fish to the net. Saw a few surface feeders but they were few and far between. With higher water level, heavier leaders are not off the board, but stick to 4X or smaller. Good drifts were still important.
Laurel River – Our rivers have been staying on the higher side due to the frequency of rain. They have been clearing fairly quickly, but flows have kept things interesting. Stonefly nymphs along with worms and eggs have been doing the most damage, but don’t forget about the small golden stones (Yellow Sally’s) and the suphurs – make sure to have some yellow in your box!!
Davidson River – April rains are keeping streams at a nice fishing level. Light Caddis and March Browns are drawing attention to the surface. Down below, smaller Batis and standard mayfly nymph patterns in size 16- 22 along with tiny light stonefly nymphs as a dropper were great producers. Water temps are keeping the fish active. Water and cool temps – great combination.
DH Waters – Great water levels from rain last week! Nymph fishing was very good if presented deep and without drag. Smaller nymphs were the order and changing them up frequently was key. Water temp in mid 50’s air temp at 73. Beautiful spring day. Sparse hatches with nothing significant. Good numbers of fish landed with a few whoppers.
Wild Waters – Much needed rain events mid week left us with elevated stream levels and swift flows even 3 days later. Day time air temps got to 78F and stream temps to 58F. Good numbers for Quill Gordon, March Brown and Giant Stones. Quills were a good producer, though Hare’s Ear droppers took the majority of fish caught.
Cane River – Water levels good and fish were active. Mostly subsurface, but a few were looking up. Brown nymphs in 14-16 did well and caddis were what they were looking for on the surface. Don’t be too strict about a drag free drift with the caddis – a little “skitter” is always a good idea.
Davidson River – The river was at a good level, running at 106 cfs, and 55 degrees. We caught brown and rainbow trout on San Juans and emergers. There were bugs on the water and we even saw a golden stonefly. Finer tippets and good drifts were critical when fishing the emerger patterns. Great sight fishing for good size trout.
West Fork Pigeon River – Great morning on the water. With the warmer temps, the fish have been much more active and willing to chase wets and spiders on the swing. The early afternoon bite has been pretty darn good as well. Dry/dropper rigs of Quill Grodons or Ausable Wulffs paired with a Pheasant Tail dropper is where it’s at.
Laurel River – River was at a good level today with a temp of around 43 degrees. The trout were biting but looking for a good presentation – as with all DH fish, the longer they are in the river, the more discriminating they become. Trout were caught on soft hackles. The fish were more spread out which made exploring the river mandatory.
Little River – Delayed harvest waters fishing quite well. Water levels just above normal and clear with water temp at 50 degrees. Some nice hatches of Blue Quills, and some Hendricksons as well. Good numbers of fish to the net on a beautiful spring day with high temp of 58 degrees. Bring on daylight savings time!
Davidson River – Great water levels after a period of rain the preceding week. Nightly low temps have come up a bit from the cold spell and water temps are in the low 50’s. Light tippet is still a must due to the extremely clear water. Small cream and brown midges have been producing the best.
Wild Waters – The Wild Waters did not disappoint! Countless wild fish eagerly responded to a mix of small mayfly nymphs and dry flies. Small attractor patterns like Pink Ladies (size 18) and CDC BWO’s (size 18-22) all produced. It is always worth a trip off the beaten path.
North Mills River – Water was getting low. 6x leaders and tippet are recommended. Double nymph rigs, lightly weighted, were the best producers. Attractors trailed by smaller(16-20) nymphs seemed to be what the fish were looking for. Most fish ate the trailer but had some action on the attractors.
North Mills River – Recently stocked and the fish were quite cooperative. Took just about any fly that looked like trout candy. Water levels low and clear with beautiful fall weather and some nice color in the trees. Good number of fish landed and a few with very good size.
Davidson River – The water level was good today, running around 84 cfs. The trout were eating San Juans, small midges and emergers. A good presentation near the fish usually got a look from the trout. The cloud cover stayed through late morning and kept the fish biting.
Davidson River – The river was at a good level today, running about 90 cfs and clear. Trout were holding in the deeper pockets of the river. They were both in the current and on the sides of it. The water temp was in the low 60’s. We hooked trout on small midges and emergers.
Davidson River – The water was low and clear. The temp of the river was around 63 degrees. It was cloudy out. We used small midges and worms to tempt the trout. Keep in mind that a roll cast is helpful in keeping your fishing rig from getting tangled. A great buggy day on the water.
Davidson River – Water levels at this time are starting to drop but are still well above the season’s typical flow. Fish were feeding heavy in spurts on the usual suspects. Midges in gray and cream seemed to be better than others. Brooks sprouts, and miracle midges were good choices. Light florocarbon tippet is still a must. Have a couple small beetles and ants to try to bring fish to the surface.
Davidson River – The Davidson was running around 75cfs and falling. The temp increased throughout the day as well, around 67 degrees. We used small midges and worms to hook fish. High sticking a nymph rig really helped get the drag-free drift we needed to hook the trout. Try not to play the fish too long and keep them in the water if at all possible.
Davidson River – The river was falling fast from the rainstorm the night before, moving from around 260 cfs to 210 cfs. The light stain of the water helped hide our line from the trout. We used indicators to nymph. Trout were caught on San Juan Worms and splitcase nymphs in the morning and as the water cleared they began to eat emergers. Changing flies made the day!
Davidson River – Water levels are at a much better level than typically this time of year, but small flies and light tippets are in demand. Don’t show up without 5x and 6x fluorocarbon tippet and a selection of midges. The algae is blooming, so check your flies often. A little junk on your fly makes your perfect drifts useless. Some smaller Sulphers and terrestrials can bring fish to the surface.
Davidson River – Water levels are really good now for this time of year and the fish are making the most of it. Light tippets and small flies are still the name of the game, fish just seem to be more eager to eat. Rainbow warriors, brooks sprouts, miracle midges, Johnny flash, and disco midges have been turning heads. Keep your casts short.
Davidson River – A number of other anglers on the river made for tight quarters. Very nice water levels and overcast weather made for a very nice outing. Got action on dry flies, midges and streamers. Best dry fly was size 18 Hazel Creek through the fast water sections. A good number of rises. Hooked a whopper on a streamer in a deeper pool.
South Holston River – What a great day to be floating a TN tailwater. There was a good sulpher hatch about an hour after the water dropped. We saw three different sizes of bugs coming off the water. The fish were eating swinging mayfly emergers size 20 most consistently, but some were caught on size 18 compardun dry flies. Presentation is always important on the S. Holston.
West Fork Pigeon River – The West Fork was running low today, around 47cfs, it was warm and sunny. We used both dry flies for surface action and nymphs under an indicator to target the larger trout on the bottom. We caught trout on drys and midges and as well as some nymphs in the faster water. A carp even came to the net. Make sure to change up your flies and get good drifts. With clear water, don’t spook them.
Delayed Harvest – Good water flows. Clear with water temp 56 degrees and air temp 78 degrees. Very good dry fly action in the flat water. Small flies worked the best as fish were scrutinizing every drift. Small Ausable Wullfs, Rusty Spinners, ants and beetles all worked well on drag free drift. Caught a good number of fish with largest at 15″.
Wild Waters – Elevated flows have pushed the fish into slack water, eddies and pools and have made the usually friendly riffles very difficult to manage a drift through. Yellow Caddis size 16 and Light Cahills with a micro stone or hare’s ear nymph dropper produced well. Make sure to be careful when wading in high water – a wading staff sure is helpful.
Davidson River – Pleasant weather with healthy water levels. River running at about 250cfs, water temp 52 degrees with a 74 degree air temp. Sparse hatches of mayflies and a good number of midges. One very large Golden Stonefly buzzed by with a big cluster of eggs to drop. Good numbers of fish but a very light bite and nothing of size. Still a good day to be on the river.
South Toe River – Calm and a bit cloudy with temps in the low 70’s. Water levels at just below normal with water temp at 50. Saw March Browns, tan Caddis in size 16, along with some BWO;s and plenty of midges. Used Flick’s style March Brown with a caddis larva dropper and a Goddard Caddis with a small stonefly dropper. Caught a good number of fish between 6″ and 8″.
Spring Creek – The water was 44 degrees and up on Spring Creek but clear and dropping on Sunday. We had a cool start but it warmed up to a hot day. The trout were deep and split shot was the key. We caught trout on streamers, nymphs and eggs. The fish are there to be caught – just make sure to go deep and get a good presentation.
North Mills River – Stocked fish are getting pretty smart having to go down to size 20 droppers off the attractor nymph. Saw Blue Quills, Hendricksons and a March Brown along with the small tan Caddis and assorted midge hatches. Some fish caught on a dry fly. Water temp at 52, air temp at 73. First day of the spring for wet wading!
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
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