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Route 5 Box 324A
Horse Shoe, North Carolina 28742
Phone Number (828)891-2784
Fishing Report - February/26/2003
Delayed Harvest Trout Streams - Yippee!! We are looking at a forecast that calls for daytime highs in the fifties. The fishing is getting better each day, due to the increase of insect hatches (black caddis & mayflies). The water is still cold, so you have to fish slow. My recommendation to catch fish this time of year is to "match the hatch" and drift nymphs/emergers/dry flies off the fast water seams, and flats. As always fish a given hole several times before you move on. Be sure to experiment with drifting nymphs at different water depths and lines!
Wild Trout Streams - I recommend using pheasant tails, hares ear, caddis, and midge patterns that match the hatch of the day. If there are no hatches, try using nymphs on the deepest part of the river. Always fish two flies! A fly fisher on these streams must be very patient and alert to the subtle strikes that often occur during the winter months. Also, drift nymphs slow and deep for those lethargic trout.
Davidson River - The Caddis are here!! The Caddis are here!! The Davidson River is fishing great at this time and have caught most of our fish in the afternoons. Of course, that pattern can change the next day. Look for midge hatches and fish those areas first. Use black, olive, and brown midge patterns! The Davidson River, from the confluence of Avery Creek to its headwaters, is a "Catch & Release.
Smallmouth Bass (spin and fly fishing) - We start our smallmouth season the first week of March and will have up-to-date information at that time. When using both spinning or fly gear be sure to fish slowly, very slowly, using jigs, clousers, and etc. The most productive time to fish for smallmouth bass is from April to late October.
For more information contact Bigfoot Guide Service (www.bigfootguides.com) at (828) 891-2784 or (828) 776-2784.
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