Watauga River

Stream Reports

Saturday, April 10, 2021 - 11:15pm

High water on the Watauga has been fishing well considering the lack of any bug activity. Fish have been eating a variety of flies and are primarily feeding in faster water with a little depth. Grannom caddis are not far off in the lower river and if big rains can hold off for a week we should have favora conditions to fish the hatch. Mid month is typically the sweet spot, so any day now it could be on. Call or text 828 719-1543 to book your trip 

Sunday, April 4, 2021 - 3:00pm

Things are starting to pick up in Tennessee. As we move into April and slightly warmer water temps bugs are getting active and so are the fish. The bigger bugs are on the menu and the fish are eager to feed. If conditions remain stable and rainfall stays moderate you should be in for a fantastic spring bit. 
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Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 3:53pm

Spring is rapidly approaching and the fish are ready to eat. The Watauga tail water has been producing a consistent midday bite as the baetis get active. There's a good chance of seeing rising fish in the early afternoon. The prehatch nymph bite has been productive.  Things are only going to get better as we move into April.  The caddis hatch is right around the corner. Call 828 719-1543 to book your trip.  

Friday, June 19, 2020 - 3:17pm

The Watauga River has been fishing well over the last few days. The best bite has been midday when the bugs start harching. Fishing light nymph rigs has been productive. Afternoon dry fly fishing is always a possibility, depending on the intensity of the hatch. Call to book your trip 828 719 1543

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 3:56pm

The Watauga river in Tennessee has been fishing extremely well.Tva has finally given us some lower water and the sulphurs have showed up on the middle river in good numbers. The lower river is fishing well with good quality fish coming to the net. We are up and running give me a call to get on the water. 828 719-1543

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

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 7:46pm

The watauga has been fishing well river wide over the last few weeks.  The upper river has been producing goods numbers of mostly smaller fish with a few nice fish mixed in.  Midday has been the best bite when the baetis start to hatch.  The trophy section has been a little slower but is producing better quality fish.  Nymphing is the name of the game as usual this time of year, but there's always a chance to get a few on top with small mayflies and terrestrials.

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 4:02pm

The Watauga tail water has been fishing well top to bottom.  The weather of late has kept us on our toes, having to fish different stretches depending on flows.  That being said the fishing has been solid.  Nymphing has been the primary bite, but there are some oppurtunities for dry fly fishing if you hit it right.  The trophy section has been fishing well when the water is low with good numbers of solid fish being caught.  There are sporadic sulphurs coming off and some small caddis, with...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 1:15pm

The Watauga tailwater has been our go to river of late.  With the constant rain and high lake levels they have been consistently releasing water and keeping the river flowing between 1100 cfs and 2500 cfs.  The lower the better but it's fishable at all flows.  The higher water limits the float to the upper river but the fishing has been solid.  The caddis hatch came and went, we were able to fish the beginning of the hatch but rain shut us out of the main event.  All is not lost as the...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 6:36pm

The Watauga Tailwater has continued to fish well and it should only get better.  The upper section is the place for numbers with some quality fish in the mix.  LIght nymph rigs and dry dropper rigs are producing best.  The Trophy section can be hot and cold but the fish are solid and worth the effort.  The morning and late afternoon bites are best with a after lunch lull.  Tan caddis and small baetis are hatching sporadically but can bring some heads up.