With the NCWRC having stocked the streams around Boone recently, Fly Fishing in the High Country has been epic. With hoardes of quality sized fish being caught, it is fair to say that our 2015 fly fishing season is in full swing.
To get to the real nitty gritty:
Where to go: Watauga River (valle crucis), New River (Todd)
Flies: Your typical attractor patterns work great (think shiny...copper john's, rainbow warriors, lighnin' bugs, eggs) if they won't eat attractors, tone it down with some smaller midge and or caddis patterns and you should be good, don't forget about stoneflies.
Techniques: Nymphing is where you will find most of your success. Although it is nice to watch a dry fly floating down the river, in terms of catching delayed harvest fish dry fly fishing should be passed up...well sort of...if you do see a pod of fish rising, don't let the opportunity pass. Ultimately, if you are prospecting for fish, use nymphs, not dry flies. I see tons of anglers that will blind cast in a run for hours with dry flies with very little success...be sure to remember that the majority of a trout's diet consists of insects that are eaten sub-surface. Long story short, nymph, especially on your stocked Delayed Harvest fish.
If you have any questions about where to fish in the Boone or Blowing Rock area, be sure to give us a call... And of course, if you would like to go on a guided fishing trip we can definitely help! Don't be shy...we're here to help you!