Davidson River

The Davidson is continuously ranked in the Top 100 of trout streams in the United States by Trout Unlimited. Running through Pisgah National Forest, this river has diversity. Its headwaters produce wild fish on dries in the summer.

The “hatchery stretch” is unlike any other river. The first hatchery that supports the Cashiers area rivers is located here. By the hatchery, there is an astronomical fish per mile ratio, and the insect activity is rich and abundant. Here, one does not have to move like you would on a wild trout stream. The lower Davidson has slow-moving water with very deep holes, and there are big fish here. The river is fickle, and to get a true idea of what it can offer, several trips should be planned.

Getting there: Take Hwy. 64 East through Brevard. A few miles past downtown, there is a large intersection with signs for Pisgah National Forest. Take Hwy. 276 to the left (following signs to Pisgah). The river is immediately on the left. The first few miles are hatchery-supported. From Avery Creek, it becomes flyfishing, catch-and-release only. The hatchers is a ten minute drive from the intersection. The road forks appx. 5 miles from the Hwys. 64/276 intersection. Take the left fork. Appx. 2 miles to hatchery. Park and fish.