Watauga River

Stream Reports

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.  

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 7:31pm

The Watauga tailwater in Tennessee is the place to be right now.  The river is fishing well from top to bottom.  The release schedule has been a little random lately but that hasn't affected the fishing.  Tiny baetis hatch almost daily in the afternoon, giving diehard dry fly guys an oppurtunity to fish tiny dries.  The nymph bite has been very productive and many quality fish are coming to the net.  As we move into fall expect the streamer bite to heat up.  Call me to book at 828 719-1543...

Monday, April 25, 2016 - 12:28pm

The Mother's day caddis bite is coming to a close, but it was epic while it lasted.  This was one of the heaviest hatches i've seen on the river.  Spring time is here and the fishing has been amazing.  For those of you that missed the Mother's day caddis, don't fret the sulphurs are on their way.  

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 9:37pm

The Watauga river trophy section is heating up with many quality fish being landed.  The Mother's Day Caddis hatch should be here in a few weeks.  Hopefully the weather will hold so anglers can take advantage of this phenominal event.  There has been solid BWO activity midday and fish are key up on the nymphs.  The TVA has been running a pulse in the morning and falling water has been fishing very well.  The next month is the best time to be on the Watauga as the fish have their feed bags on...

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 2:22pm

The Watauga river has been fishing very well of late.  TVA has been spilling water most days and the nymph bite has been very good, especially in the upper river.  The brown trout are starting to move onto their redds so tread lightly.  At these heavier flows the BWO activity has been sporadic but there are occational heads poking up.  As the mild weather continues we'll have plenty of opportunities to be on the water through the end of the year.   

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 5:26pm

The Watauga is still fishing great.  The hatches are slowing down a bit, but the nymph bite has been solid.  The river is still producing good numbers of quality fish.  The afternoon and evening bite is still the best, especially when the weather cooperates.  Sulphurs are still on the menu,as well as tan caddis and baetis.  

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 11:40am

The Watauga has been fishing very well lately.  Because of that i've been spending most of my time there.  The quality of the fish is amazing.  The fish are fat, fiesty, and pull like crazy.  The primary bite has been on nymphs, but dries and streamers all also putting fish in the boat.  The sulphurs are rapidly declining, but small caddis and baetis are taking over.  A little more rain and some cooler temps would probably do it some good.  

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 10:50pm

The Watauga is finally at fishable flows and the weather has been very kind.  The caddis bite is over, but the fishing hasn't slowed down.  Sulphurs, BWO, and some small black and tan caddis have been active most days.  The nymph bite has been great and if you catch it right some dry fly stuff too.  The surface bite should improve over the next couple weeks.  If we keep getting good weather, it's a great time to be on the water.

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 1:10pm

Mother Nature and TVA finally let us have a little fun on the Watagua Saturday April 18. The break in the rain and lower flows coming from the dam made for our first real Mother's day Caddis fishing of the year. The bugs are out in force and should only pick up for the next week or so.  The nymph bite has been fantastic, with hard fighting rainbows testing my clients and tippet to the limits.  Fast water and fat fish make for some rod ripping fun.  With any luck we will be able to finish out...

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 1:57pm

Sunday April 5 was a beautiful spring day, another great day to be on the water.  I realize I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but the Watauga is fishing very well right now.  If you enjoy nymphing it's the place to be. Even when there are solid hatchs the surface activity is minimal at best.  The underwater game right now is lights out though. More bugs today than on Saturday.  A nice BWO hatch mid afternoon, made good fishing even better for a few hours.  Still no Mother's day...