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Mitchell River, Surry County, NC - MidWeek Day Trip

  • 13 Feb 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Mitchell River, Surry County, NC
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  • Day Trip to the Mitchell River in Surry County.

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Mitchell River, Surry County, NC
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Mitchell River is upstream from Kapps Mill dam. The Mitchell has plenty of nice runs and deep holes holding stocked and holdover rainbows and browns mostly in the 9"- 15" range. The stream has good wade access; so, anglers regularly net good numbers of nice trout in the Mitchell. The Mitchell is designated Delayed Harvest and fishes well March, April, May, October, November and December.  The river is close by scenic wine making country surrounding Dobson, North Carolina home to Shelton Vineyards.

Suggested length of 8’ to 10’ works well with 3 to 6 wt line.  Leader to match rod length in 3X to 5X.  Shorter leaders make casting weighted flies a little easier.  If desired, you can always add more tippet to lengthen leader.

The fish will generally be in deep slow water. So use lots of weight to get fly down.  Fish dry flies mid to late afternoon or if you see a hatch coming off.  Size is not cast in concrete, so experiment with fly size and pattern.

 Insect  Emergence  Pattern
 Blue Winged Olive
 (Dry Flies)

12-18 Blue Winged Olive
12-18 Adams
14-24 Black CDC Comparadun 

 Early Black Stone
 All Day 14-18 Black Stone Fly Nymph
14-18 Black Adult Stone Fly
 Nymphs and Midges  All Day

18-24 Zebra Midge
16-20 Pheasant Tail Nymph
18-24 Olive Midge

 Quill Gordon Early Afternoon   12-14 Quill Gordon, Wet Fly & Dry Fly

Google “Fly Hatch Charts in NC” or…read more > > >

See pictures of Fly Patterns > > >

Winter Midge fishing YouTube with Kelly Galloup > > >

FFI "FlyFisher" magazine on page 40, has an interesting article on “Winter Nymph Fishing”.

Need Help?
Let us know if you would like some help with getting started, lining rod, knots, casting, where to fish, etc.?  So we can have someone there to give you a hand.  Don't be bashful, we're here to get you started on the right track.  Click HERE to send an email request > > >

Directions from Charlotte to 365 Grover Cockerham Road, Dobson, NC 27017

From Charlotte go north on I-77.
At Exit 93 take ramp right toward Dobson.
At the end of the ramp turn left onto Zephyr Rd.
Go 1.6 miles, turn right onto Kapps Mill Rd.
Go 1.8 miles, turn right onto River Rd.
Go 1.2 miles, turn right onto Grover Cockerham Rd. (gravel road)
Go .7 miles to the end of the gravel road. There is a gate and parking lot on the left.

We will meet up there at 9:00 am for people who have not fished here before.

We will meet up for lunch at 12:00 noon at the parking area.

Winter Fishing

Winter fishing can be very dangerous if you are not prepared and dressed properly.

The onset of hypothermia is shivering followed by uncontrollable shivering, several more stages and eventually death.  So, if you are fishing and start to shiver, it’s time to get out of the water and get warm.  Don’t wait until you go to the next stage of uncontrollable shivering. It’s just too dangerous.

Layer clothing:
You do not want to sweat in the winter.  If you become hot and start to sweat, you need to be able to open up layers or take off layers to allow for cooling.  Once your body stabilizes, you can start to close up and retain heat.

This is an excellent article: “Clothing Tips for Winter Fishing”. 

COTTON is a summer fabric that absorbs and holds moisture, allowing it to cool the body from evaporation.  However, it is a very DANGEROUS winter fabric.

In winter you want moisture to be wicked away from your body.  WOOL is an excellent winter fabric along with many synthetic polyester blends (polypropylene, capilene, etc.) that are moisture wicking fabrics.

Thin liner socks made of silk, or any synthetic fiber like polypropylene, capilene or any synthetic moisture wicking fabric followed by a pair of wool socks. 
Remember, if your foot is cramped and too tight in your boot, your feet will get cold.  Your boot should be one or two sizes larger than your foot size to allow for plenty of room.

Extra clothing:
Always carry an extra change of clothing in the event you get wet.

Club Outings: Due to CFFC liabilities anyone attending a club outing must be up to date with their CFFC and FFI memberships. Guests or lapsed members must sign a release form at the gathering or you can link to the release form. You can print, fill it out and bring with you to the outing. Release Form


Note: to the right of the exit 93 ramp, there is a Dairy Queen and a BP gas station.

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