FALL FLY FISHIN' Inthe southern highlands
Fall is one of the best times of year to wet a line here in Western NC. The brown trout and brookies are feeding up to spawn, the leaves are turning the mountains into
a magical display of colors, and there is just enough nip in the air to make spending the day on the water a very special experience.
Water levels are outstanding. Now that temps are cooling down, the water temperatures are pretty much ideal. We’re starting to get into the Fall hatches which means primarily Blue Wing Olives, and midges. Also, some of the brown trout are in the process of spawning. Prior and after spawning, they need to feed pretty hard. So throwing BIG streamers this time of year is an excellent way to get a hold of a nice brown trout.
What we’re fishing:
For the hatch, we’re fishing the Blue Wing Olives up on the surface, which is everybody’s ideal way to catch them.
Otherwise, we’re fishing some bigger stoneflies due to the higher than average water flows, and putting on a little pheasant tail nymph to take those Blue Wing Olives down below it.
There are some eggs in the water due to the brown trout spawning - browns and brook trout will spawn this time of the year so that can be a good pattern, especially in the delayed harvest streams. But other than that you might see some midges catching in which case you might want to fish a little Griffith Gnat up on the surface, but that’s the bulk of what we’re going to be fishing in November.