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Trout fishing western NC in August

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My wife and I would like to do some trout fishing soon, so I looked into finding a guide in western NC. Her parents live in Hendersonville, which ends up being about 15 miles from Davidson River. This river is ranked on Orvis' top 100 trout streams, so I figure it must be decent. Davidson River Outfitters is located nearby and offers half day wading trips for $200 (covers both of us and equipment). Is anyone famaliar with this outfitter or the area? Is it worth going in August or should we wait until October/November? We were considering the weekend of August 6th.

 

Thanks,

 

-Jim

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Jim,

 

DRO is an excellent fly shop and some very nice and helpful people. If I were you I'd call the shop and ask about the usual conditions in August. I was there last week and it was tough. Only found a couple of fish rising and those had no interest in any of my offerings. The Davidson is a very good trout stream, but it is also a very technical stream to fish. Small flies and good presentations are the rule.

 

Some of the streams in the upper elevations may be a good bet for you. Brookies are fun to catch and if you don't spook them, the'll hit big bushy dry flies. My go-to fly for brookies is a #14 yellow stimulator.

 

I'll be going up again the third week of October (16th to the 23rd) if you want to meet up then, let me know.

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Kevin howell and the staff at the davidson river outfitters at straight up folks. If there are trout to be found they will know. Also they have a good line on smallies in then French Broad. and at times offer drift boat fishings through the biltmore estate a great ride.

 

Irish

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Thanks for the info. I think I'll go ahead a book the half day. Brook trout might be a better bet for us since my wife has never fly fished before and I have never fly fished for trout.

 

TroutBum, keep me posted on your trip in October. If I get some gear and you can handle fishing with a rookie, I'll probably be interested.

 

-Jim

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No problem, Jim. I don't mind fishing with a rookie as long as he brings the beer. cool.gif

 

Don't worry too much about gear, I travel well equipped and anything you don't have I will.

 

Maybe we can bribe Irish into a Smallie trip. (hint) tongue.gif

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Hey Troutbum,

 

How far is that from Raleigh/Durham.... I may be down that way for a job interview in October, perhaps I could pack the fly rod....

 

'Nix

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Nix,

 

Raleigh is a couple of hundred miles away from Brevard which is 30 miles or so south od Asheville. You're more than welcome to join us. I post my travel plans here several weeks beforehand, so pay attention. cool.gif

 

 

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A smallie trip may be doable. I'll check when troutbum posts his plans.

 

Irish

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Dave uses 7 wt. rods for Smallies. The flies are heavily weighted and anything lighter would dislocate your shoulder after a couple of hours. When I went fishing with him, I was going to use my 5 wt. and I'm glad he talked me out of it. You might get away with a 6 wt. but it would have to have some backbone.

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Jim,

 

as troutbum said, I use 7wt rods and decent reels. I have some Ross reels and also some BPS reels, and a fly logic. Even a Scientific anglers system II. I look for something that is durable and can survive a duncking and still keep working.

 

The rods are Sage Graphite II's that I got a god deal when I bought them. They are blanks that I built. With these rods, i can take a 4 inch clouser minnow and throw it 30 plus feet with out false casting. The same with 4 inch Dahlberg divers.

 

Smallies will give you a good pull on these roda and you can cast them all day and not be dead at the end of the day. Also they will handle the trophy smallies and i have even landed a legal muskie a 32 inch beauty a few years ago.

 

If I were to purchase a new smallie rd, I would wait until this winter when St Croix comes out with the new 8 wt Clouser rod.

 

I had the pleasure of fishing Bob this past June and he had the latest prototype with him. I worked the rod and it is the sweetest thing since good mircobrew beer.

 

I tried to get the rod to "fall in the river", but bob said he had to send it back with his comments which were to put the rod into production.

 

I have given up a couple of beers per week and am banking the change in order to purchase one of these rods.

 

Irish

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I'll add a 7wt set up to my "wish list", right after the 3wt for mountain trout. Hell, I still haven't decided on a reel for my 9wt set up...

 

 

I booked a trip this morning with DRO for 8/6. The plan is to do a half day wading trip on the Davidson. The report is that the water is a little churned up from rain, so people are catching some nice trout with the decreased visibility.

 

I'll definitely post a trip report when I get back. Hopefully with pictures of me holding large trout!!

 

-Jim

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