Stream Reports

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 3:07pm

The South Holston has been the place to be of late.  The Watauga has been running a little big for my taste lately, sadly because I love the caddis bite.  Thankfully the South Holston has been a consistent 1200cfs, which makes the whole river easily floated and very fishable.  I've been spending most of my time on the lower river, but the whole river has been fishing well.  This trend should continue for the foreseeable future.  There are daily oppurtunities for fishing dries and the nymph...

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 - 7:53pm

The South Holston will be running at 1300 to 1600 for the next few days.  It's about two thirds the normal high water flow and the whole river is floatable.  The nymph bite has been on fire with good numbers of fish coming to net.  New water levels are always interesting to fish and the fish really seem to like this flow.  Hopefully it will continue for a while but we'll see what happens.

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 - 4:11pm

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, 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...

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.

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 - 7:49pm

The South Holston has been a difficult fishery lately.  Low water and random releases have made the bite tricky and the fish ultra spooky.  That's not to say it can't produce it's just tough and requires longer casts with lighter setups.  For those up for the challenge it's still worth fishing, just keep your expectations in check and be willing to learn from your mistakes.  High water has been a little tougher this year than in years past.  The number of fish being hooked is down a little,...