Carolina Fly Fishing Club

Helton Creek - Saturday DH Day Trip

  • 03 Nov 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Helton Creek, Ashe County, NC
  • 13


  • Bring your own food for lunch.

Helton Creek DH stocking is scheduled for November 1, 2018!
Registration is closed

Helton Creek Weekend Day Outing
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Meetup at 9:00 am

Helton Creek, nestled in the hills of Ashe County, is a jewel of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources delayed-harvest trout program. "A total of 26,600 catchable size trout are stocked in the delayed-harvest section of Helton Creek each year,” said Doug Besler, WRC regional research coordinator. “Approximately 3,750 catchable trout are stocked in October, November, March, April and May.” That’s a lot of trout.

Helton Creek is stocked from the Virginia border to the junction with the New River.  One advantage of Helton Creek during the delayed-harvest period is that it’s one of the longest stretches of delayed-harvest stream around, 8 Miles.  There could be lots of folks fishing and an angler still doesn’t need to feel crowded.  Look around a little and you can find your own stretch to fish.  There are plenty of runs, pocket water and pools to fish.

Here is a great link to information on Helton Creek by the Carolina Sportsman.


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.


 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

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.  Season vs. Fly Size

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 > > >

We will meet up at 9:00 AM at the Helton Creek Campground.

Please bring your own lunch, beverages, etc.  We will meet at the Campground for lunch at 12:00 noon.

Club Outings: Due to CFFC liabilities anyone attending a club outing must be up to date with their CFFC and IFFF 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 it with you to the outing. Release Form

Directions From Charlotte take I-77N

Merge onto US-421 N via EXIT 73B toward N Wilkesboro.
Go 25.04 Miles Turn right onto NC Highway 16 N/NC-16.
Go 22.84 Miles Turn left onto NC Highway 16 N/NC-16/NC-88.
Go 3.16 Miles Turn right onto US Highway 221 N/US-221 N/NC-16. Continue to follow NC-16.
Go 9.7 Miles Turn right onto Big Helton Rd. The Campground is on the right about 3.2 Miles

Helton Creek Campground
2047 Helton Rd
Grassy Creek, NC 28631

If you plan on spending the night at the campground call: (336) 384-2320

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