This year I decided that I would take a week off from work and hit some of the best trout fishing areas in Western North Carolina. We started out on the Catch and Release section of the Davidson River in Brevard, NC. The section of river runs through the Pisgah National Forest and is quite scenic as it runs below John Rock and past the fish hatchery and Wildlife Education Center.
We visited Davidson River Outfitters for some information and to stock up on some flies. I was very impressed by the shop. A great selection of supplies and flies and the staff was very informative and enthusiastic. If you go to fish the Davidson River be sure to stop by DRO! Stocked up on flies and gear, we were ready to do some battle with the brutes that lurked in the waters of the Davidson River.
On our first day we decided to pick a pull off that looked suitable. Unfortunately, we didn't get on the fish right away and decided to brave the crowds near the hatchery. The best way I could describe this section of the river is "elbows and assholes". There were anglers every 100 feet down the river into the woods. Despite this pressure we managed to find a spot where the fish were rising and crashing the surface. A tremendous number of bugs were swarming the river in a hatch but I never managed to nab one for closer inspection. The day was hot and the water was cool, good conditions for a hatch.
We decided that we would get up at the crack of dawn and return to our hot spot for a second, or third, crack at those fish. It was a slow morning that lacked the active fish of the previous day. I fished my Stimulator again and did manage to connect with a nice brown trout that was colorful. I had heard that the catch and release section of the Davidson held some big fish but I wasn't sure if it was true. That is until I saw a HUGE brown trout lurking in the water only 20 feet in front of me. This river holds BIG fish! We gave up on the crowded section and headed up stream to see if we could find more fish. After a short hike we failed to find any fish and the crowds only seemed to get bigger as the afternoon stretched on. It was time to leave the Davidson and head for other fish on other waters. On to the Tuckasegee...........