Helton Creek, NC Fishing Report (4/1/18 – 4/8/18)

Hello everyone. I know it has been along time since my last post, but I figured now that fishing season is back upon us again I would do these fishing reports weekly.

Helton Creek located is Ashe County, North Carolina. Helton Creek is a delayed harvest stream. Helton Creek has recently been stocked. Helton was stocked on April 2nd, 2018. They recently stocked 3,750 trout. The primary fish being stocked are Brook Trout and Rainbow Trout.

The weather this week has been between warm and cold. The creeks have been flooded by rain making them very muddy. However, by the end of the week the creeks are clearing back up. This makes the perfect time to catch some nice fish. Helton has been stocked with some monsters in the creek. I have personally seen many of these caught, but that doesn’t mean they won’t bite again. Primarily this week I have only caught the average 10-12 inch fish. On occasion I have caught some smaller fish, and also some bigger fish than that.

The fish are really liking smaller nymphs. Usually these sizes are 18-22. The large fish are loving these smaller nymphs. I have caught some big fish one larger nymphs such as wooly buggers and mop flies. Streamers are working at random. I have only had 1 fish attach a streamer, but it was a day when the fish were just stocked. Some smaller fish have been caught on the streamer. I would stick with smaller nymphs such as pheasant tail nymphs, copper johns, egg patterns, blood midges, rainbow midges, caddis larvae, and frenchies. I would also recommend fishing fluorocarbon tippet in a size 5x or 6x to help protect the tippet and help the line sink better.

If you find Helton Creek to be to populated you can drive about 10 minutes away to Big Horse Creek. This is another creek that has just been stocked with 3,750 trout. The same fly choices apply to this creek. Some big fish have also been caught in this stream as well.

If you end up catching some nice fish feel free to email them to me at flynfins@gmail.com. Also, if you have had luck with any different type of flies leave a comment or send me an email.

Tight Lines,

Tanner Goodman

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