Small Streams

Stream Reports

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 2:09pm

It's time to get on the water.  The spring fishing has been good on all rivers as is only going to get better as we enter April.  Mother's day caddis is on the Watauga is right around the corner.  The South Holston is about to fire up with spring bwo's and the lower river sulphurs.  Local rivers are also warming up and fish are eager to feed. Give me a call to get on the calendar 828 719-1543

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 4:11pm

Local rivers have benefitted greatly from our late spring rains.  The slightly elevated water levels have the fish happy and feeding well.  Even in high water, as long as there is some clarity.  Fish are feeding well on nymphs but are starting to eat dries as well.  The Delayed Harvest rivers are now under hatchery supported regulations now.  As a result they have been beat up pretty bad and aren't really worth fishing.  We have moved on to smaller rivers and creeks, staying with the colder...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 1:04pm

Now is the time to be fishing the areas small streams.  With good water levels and active fish it's about as good as it gets.  We have been getting alot of rain so some of the lower elevation rivers might be high and off color.  To avoid this in all but the biggest rains go up to the headwaters and you can usually find clean water.  The bite is still subsurface for the most part but that should be transitioning to a surface bite as we head into May.

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 7:40pm

Local small streams are fishing suprisingly well for this time of the year.  Afternoon showers are keeping water levels reasonably good.  Morning is the best time to be on the water before temps peak around 2pm.  Dry flies are producing well and trailing an ant or beatle pattern behind a more visable dry is a good tactic, especially near the bank and in the shallow water.  Fish are starting to move around a little but headwater streams are still the place to be.  Be mindful of water temps...

Sunday, March 27, 2016 - 2:00pm

The nice weather we've been having in the high country has the fish fired up.  The Watauga delayed harvest has been fishing well, with fish starting to push up into faster water.  They've been eating a variety of flies, but a hare's ear soft hackle has been my goto.  There is a evening caddis hatch as well a bunch of bug activity throughout the day.  Get out and take advantage of the last few good months to be on the DH.  The local Wild rivers have also been on fire as fish are on the feed...

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 4:22pm

With lots of rain in Boone of late the rivers have been running high and muddy.  As they begin to drop and clear, the fishing should be very good.  We need the water, as fishing pre rain was tough.  The fish were ultra spooky,  and long casts were required.  The good news is they are very surface minded, so fishing just a dry fly can be very productive.  Expect slower fishing mid day, but morning and evening bites have been good.  Attractor patterns like stimulators and pmx have been...

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 5:47pm

With a little much needed rain, the local rivers are fishing well.  We are targeting head water streams at higher elevations, as the browns are starting to move up.  As we move into fall attractor patterns and terrestrials are the go to surface patterns.  Sub-surface is actually the opposite,  not that they wont eat big, but smaller(16-18) is whats on the menu.  As the season progresses the amount available nymphs and larva decreases, as well as their size.  The trout tend to be looking up...

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 4:46pm

I have been spending a good bit of time lately in my local small streams.  Although water levels are low, the fishing has been quite good.  The best fishing has been in higher elevation rivers with a steep gradient.  Look for rivers with a stair step stucture, the small pools and fast water have been producing the best.  The dry dropper rig has been my go to.  Fish a buoyant dry and a heavy nymph to get down quick.  Be a ninja and fish the tough water, make those cast into hard to reach...

Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 2:09pm

Despite lower water levels local streams have been fishing well.  The morning hours have been the most productive.  Be aware of water temps, anything 70 or higher is pushing it for the trout.  The trout are moving up stream to find the cooler water, so you should too.  One positve aspect of the lower water is that dry flies are typically productive all day.  Target the heads of pools where oxygen levels are higher and be a ninja.  Don't over look the terrestrial bite, beetles and ants are a...