Davidson River Fly Fishing Trip – 08/21/2015
My father and I took a Davidson river fly fishing trip last August and I’ve been very lax about putting updates onto the site. I’ll be improving on that, but in the meantime, please bear with me while I catch up and bring the timeline back to current.
In our attempt to check out some of the excellent trout waters that are reachable from the Charlotte area for a weekend trip we found the Davidson. The Davidson falls into the Trout Unlimited top 100 trout streams in the nation as of their last publishing, so we were dying to see what it was all about.
During the dog days of August, the river was running exceptionally low, to the point that guides were asking folks to not fish beyond the early morning hours in order to not stress out the fish. We did stick to that for the most part and hit the river in the mornings of the 22nd and 23rd and left the fish to recover in the afternoons.
Our first stop was our campground, we stayed in the Davidson River Campground tent area. The campground was very well maintained and had some really nice perks that merit a further trip up with the kids for a weekend of fishing and playing at places like sliding rock which is just a short run up the road. We were in a tent this trip and appreciated the gravel tent pads.
We spent our time (well our two mornings) on the river fishing some of the holes just a short distance from the campground and heading up-stream. The water was indeed very low and you could see from the grass on the banks that the river typically runs a significant amount higher. The water is a mix of long pools and riffles and I could see when running at full capacity it could be deep enough to make your feet wet, even with waders on. The water was indeed beautiful and while we could see trout running in the stream, bites were pretty few and far between. The bulk of the day was fishing zebra midges and pheasant tail nymphs. One mistake that both my father and I agree to is that for the deeper pools a sink tip line or a sinking leader at the very least would likely have helped get our nymphs down into some of the deeper holes where we could see large trout rolling, but in near 10 foot of water by our best guess. It seems with the stress from the heat and the river being low, they were seeking shelter in deeper, shaded pockets.
Overall we have a blast even though the fish weren’t hitting fast and furiously and for the time it took to get there, we’ll certainly be heading back at some point in the near future. It is some very nice water and scenery and only few hour trip from Charlotte to get to one of the Trout Unlimited Top 100 Trout Streams in the US.