Carolina Fly Fishing Club

South Mountain State Park-DH Week Day Trip

  • 06 Mar 2018
  • 9:00 AM
  • Jacobs Fork, Burke County, NC


  • Jacobs Fork

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South Mountain State Park
in Burke County, NC

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The lead person for the trip is John (Jack) Costa.  If you have any questions, or concerns, would like some help with where to fish, rigging and or setting up and getting started, Jack can give you a helping hand.  Contact Jack HERE to let him know your needs.

Cell reception is good at the visitor center but very poor/none at the end of paved road parking area and on the stream.

South Mountains State Park

In one of the state’s most rugged areas, South Mountains State Park features elevations to 3,000 feet, an 80-foot waterfall, mountain streams and more than 40 miles of trails for hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers. Drive-to campsites sit beside the Jacob Fork River, with the river and its tributaries offering miles of trout fishing. A visitor center offers museum-quality exhibits on the cultural and natural history of the South Mountains.

From the visitor center its 2.0 miles to the parking area at the end of the paved road.  We will meet at the shelter on the left in the parking lot at 9:00 am.

Lunch: Be sure to pack a lunch.  We will meet back at the shelter at 12:00    noon for lunch and to critique the days outing.

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.

DH Flies- Typically start unweighted, if no action, add weight (split shot) 6"-10" above fly to get flies down to where the fish are.

Natural flies- 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
 Delayed Harvest Flies All Day 

Egg Patterns
Mop Flies
Woolly Buggers (black, brown, olive, orange)
San Juan Worms (red, pink are good color.)
Squiggly Wiggly (red, pink, green, purple, etc)

 Blue Winged Olive
 Caddis Flies
 (Dry Flies)

12-18 Blue Winged Olive
14-24 Black CDC Comparadun 
12-16 Elk Hair Caddis

 Stone Flies
 All Day

14-16 Girdle Bug
12-16 Pats Rubber Leg
14-18 Black Adult Stone Fly

 Nymphs and Midges  All Day

18-24 Zebra Midge
16-20 Pheasant Tail Nymph
18-24 Olive Midge
14-18 Black Stone Fly Nymph

 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 > > >

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 Lincolnton, NC

  • State Route (SR) 27 go west approx 17 miles to intersection of SR-18 - turn right.
  • On SR-18 go 2.0 miles to Old State Highway 18 (SR1100) – make a slight left.
  • On Old State Highway 18 go 5 miles to Wards Gap Road - turn left.
  • On Wards Gap Road go 1.3 miles to South Mountain Park Highway – go straight.
  • On South Mountain Park Highway go 1.4 miles to Visitor Center.  There is a nice museum and bathrooms there.  (4149 South Mountain Park Hwy., Connelly Springs, NC  28612)
  • From the visitor center its 2.0 miles to end of road and parking area.  We will meet at the shelter on the left in the parking lot where the road ends at 9:00 am.  There are bathrooms there also.

South Mountain State Park:
Address: 3001 S Mountain Park, Connelly Springs, NC 28612
Hours: 7AM–10PM
Phone: (828) 433-4772

Park Map: HERE
Meet-up Area: HERE

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 you can print, fill it out and bring it with you to the outing. Release Form

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