Top Ad



No announcement yet.

I live in Asheville, NC, home to the French Broad watershed which provides great hatchery supported and wild trout waters throug

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • I live in Asheville, NC, home to the French Broad watershed which provides great hatchery supported and wild trout waters throug

    I live in Asheville, NC, home to the French Broad watershed which provides great hatchery supported and wild trout waters throughout the region. This time of year the weather is still unpredictable, to say the least -- cold, rainy, and downright messy. I haven't had a chance to check water temperature in the area but have noticed a lack in feeding activity and a few similarities. Mainly, larger rainbows and browns seem to be purusing the bottom, uninterested in all of the following -- short strike spinners/flies, nightcrawlers, dough bait (home made of course), & soft plastics (cheese scented worms). I know that this time of year cold water trout are especially lethargic and slow to react, but I've tried everything from top-floating to bottom-feeding lures. Nothing works! If you have any adive please post it!

  • #2
    get out of the river and head to the small creeks, there are some great creeks in Spruce Pine NC about 45 min from Ashville, i have fished all around Spruce Pine and had very good luck, i live about 10 miles form there.


    • #3
      you didn't mention that you had tried any jerkbait of any type. I have never fished the french broad, but you may want to try a sinking rapala to get down to the depth you need. The sporadic jerking may just entice one of those trout to bite. Kolbster offered some very good advice, as well. Also try the swannanoa river in asheville. You should catch some on panther martins, powerbait, or corn.


      • #4
        Thanks to both of you.

        I primarily fish the Swannanoa River but to no avail this year, they just aren't striking like they usually do. I live in Oakley so the Swannanoa is about five minutes away, more of a convenience factor rather than great fishing. I'm thinking the trout are just plain sluggish due to cold water temps. and changing weather conditions. Two days ago our high was near 72F, today it's around 40F. Looks like its going to be tough fishing for a couple of weeks.


        • #5
          another thing you might try is a "Joes Fly spinner" i have used one and had great results, but i would mainly us it in creeks, in will run about 3 inches deep in the water.




          Welcome to Field and Streams's Answers section. Here you will find hunting, fishing, and survival tips from the editors of Field and Stream, as well as recommendations from readers like yourself.

          If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ for information on posting and navigating the forums.

          And don't forget to check out the latest reviews on guns and outdoor gear on

          Right Rail 1


          Top Active Users


          There are no top active users.

          Right Rail 2


          Latest Topics


          • Reply to TV shows
            by FirstBubba
            DING! DING! DING! ....and we have a winner!...
            Today, 11:01 PM
          • TV shows
            by MattM37
            Other than the cartoons, what were your favorite TV shows growing up? This is actually somewhat outdoor-related, since I bet certain shows were more...
            Today, 05:42 PM
          • Reply to TGIF; RIP musicians edition
            by FirstBubba
            I had something a little different in mind, but you simplified it!

            Here's a Red Stegall tribute to "Bob Wills".

            Today, 10:58 PM
          • TGIF; RIP musicians edition
            by fitch270
            Kudos to MattM37 for the suggestion following Dusty Hill’s passing on Wednesday. We’ll be sure to get to ZZ Top later.

            Since this is...
            Today, 09:31 PM
          • Reply to Treason
            by labrador12
            Hunter Biden is staring in a new internet video smoking crack cocaine. The scumsucking media in the US takes better care of the Biden Family than the...
            Today, 10:36 PM

          Right Rail 3


          Footer Ad