Stream Reports

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...

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 - 12:44pm

Although I've been spending most of my time recently on the Watauga, I have snuck over to the South Holston occasionally.  It's fishing well, with the ocassional big sulphur hatch in the evening.  The sulphurs will be a daily occurance somewhere on the river from now on, so it's a great time to be on the water.

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...

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 9:30pm

Spring is upon us in Eastern Tennessee.  Along with the nice weather TVA has stopped running water most days, allowing for plenty of low water oppurtunities.  The river is fishing well from top to bottom.  Baetis is the main menu item but midges and sulphur nymphs are also productive.  There has been a late day hatch of sulphurs lower on the river and some sporadic activity mid river.  Spring is the best time to be on the river and the quality of fish being caught has been solid.  Give us a...

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...

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 2:41pm

The South Holston River has been fishing well over the last few weeks.  The flows have been a little sporadic, but the TVA seems to be getting ready to run it wide open.  When they get it on a consistent schedule it will really turn on.  The brown trout are starting to move onto their redds, but like last year they're taking their time about it.  Be sure to tread lighlty this time of year and mind the closed sections.  Nymphing has been the ticket lately and getting your flies down in the...

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.   

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 1:55pm

The rain has finally arrived and we've needed it.  Even though it's been a big change from the blue bird days we've been having, the fishing has been great.  The big browns are on the move and if you can find them the rewards are great.  We are in the transitional period between Sulphurs and Baetis, but there has been enough hatch activity to get the fish moving.  The TVA has cut back on the release schedule, giving good opportunities for low water fishing.  Dry fly fishing is still a...