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Mean While On the Davidson

leah kirk

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 Meanwhile down on the lazy Davidson River in North Carolina, life goes on in the cold, according to the Keven, Walter, Jeff, and JEB. Here are their fishing report and a word on their 21st trip to Montana.

Overview: Winter is in full effect in Western North Carolina. Bitter cold temperatures have made for dangerous wind chill and ice-choked streams. With water temperatures in most streams holding just above freezing, many are almost unfishable due to ice, and lethargic fish. A few exceptions to this are the tailwater streams below large dams, and those streams found at low elevations. Anglers should use caution and common sense when fishing in this type weather. If you're not sure of foot, this is no time to be wading. Warmer weather is in the forecast, and the weeks to come should see a swing back toward fish ability.

Davidson River: The Davidson is currently a mix of flowing riffles and frozen pools. A few fish are being caught in the areas where drifts can be achieved, but anglers should plan on hooking into some sizable ice chunks. Those anglers who plan on fishing anyway should keep flies small, tippets light, and the coffee easily accessible.

Wild Trout: Anglers looking to fish our higher elevation wild trout streams would be best served to trade in their wading staffs and felt soles for ice axes and crampons.

Delayed Harvest: Some of our DH streams are still fishable due to their elevation and aspect. That being said, fish are slow to feed during weather this cold, and scaling back fly size is the key to being successful. Anglers should focus their efforts on deeper runs where the water is moving and relatively free of ice.

Suggested fly patterns: Elk Hair Caddis (Black) 18-22, BWO 22-24Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail 18-22, Cream Midge 22-26, Don King Midge 22-26, Zebra Midge 20-24, Pure Midge 22-26, Slumpbuster 8-12Wooly Bugger 12-16


Davidson River Outfitters 21st Annual Montana Trip

Cost: $3,000 per person

 Dates: Week 1: September 15-22, 2018

            Week 2: September 22-29, 2018

 Includes 3 days guided float fishing, 3 days unguided wade fishing with DRO staff, all meals, 7 nights lodging and ground transportation* once in Montana. Not Included: Montana Fishing License, guide gratuity, personal fishing gear, flies, bar tabs, and incidentals.

Sample Itinerary*:

Saturday, Sept 15: Arrive at Rainbow Valley Lodge, Ennis Montana  

Sunday, September 16: Hosted fishing in Bear Trap Canyon  

Monday, Sept. 17: Float fishing the Madison with River Bourne Outfitters

Tuesday, Sept. 18: Hosted fishing on Ruby River

Wednesday, Sept. 19: Float Fishing on the Jefferson River with River Bourne Outfitters

Thursday, Sept. 20: Hosted fishing Willow Creek  

Friday, Sept. 21: Float Fishing on the Madison River with River Bourne Outfitters

Saturday, Sept 22: Depart for Home.

*Weather and Water conditions may dictate fishing different rivers.


DRO will make every effort to coordinate picking you up at the Bozeman airport (BZN) free of charge. However, if you have a super early or late arrival or departure, you may have to take a shuttle at your expense as we will we be assisting other clients.  For more information contact Kevin, Walker, Jeff, JEB or the staff at DR