Stream Reports

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...

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 1:37pm

Friday night rain had the water up and a little colored on Saturday April 4.  It didn't seem to bother the fish though.  It did however impact the hatch activity, but the bite was still solid.  The fish are fired up and hard fighting so don't be surprised if you get worked by a few.(Right Bob?)  Pretty much the best fishing of the year right now, if you're not on the water you should be.  Oh yeah, still no Mother's day Caddis.

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 1:28pm

Spent Friday April 3 on the Trophy section of the Watauga River.  It was a damp and cool day, the perfect spring fly fishing day.  The morning bite was slower, but still productive.  Early afternoon into evening was lights out.  The baetis, little tan caddis, and a few hendrickson start moving and get the fish going.  The quality of fish seems to get better everyday.  Still catching lots of solid rainbows with a few solid browns thrown in.  Still no Mother's day Caddis. I've opened a few...

Friday, April 3, 2015 - 12:13am

The Watauga is still fishing well, even after the drastic change in water volume. Going from 700cfs to 140cfs has changed the feel of the river dramatically.  The 140cfs flow is little lower than the normal flow and feels pretty skinny.  The bug activity took a little hit as well, there was a noticable decline in hatch activity.  That doesn't mean the fishing is bad, just different.  The CFS has been bumped to 200ish, which is a litttle more in line with the normal minimum flow.  Variety is...

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 4:52pm

Sunday was a much more pleasant day to be on the water.  The higher air temps improved the bite considerably.  If getting ripped on by 14-16 inch rainbows in fast water is your thing, the Watauga River is hard to beat. Things are just getting rolling in the Trophy Section.  As the weather steadily improves so will the bite.  

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 4:40pm

The cold snap on Saturday was a little shock to the system after all the nice weather we've been having.  We toughed it out, and were rewarded with some quality fishing.  The bite was a little slower than it has been, but the quality of the fish made it worth the effort.  The caddis hatch is right around the corner, I'm trying to keep my finger on the pulse as much as possible.  The 700cfs flow is a little different, but very fishable.  As the weather warms the bite will only get better.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 4:47pm

We've been spending some time on the lower river fishing streamers.  Although numbers have been modest the quality has been decent.  The nymph bite is getting ready to be fantastic, but its always fun to see if you can't move some of the larger browns on the big stuff.

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 2:13pm

Rain and snow melt had the South Holston colored up over the weekend.  Fish were still on the feed but a little hard to come by.  The high dirty water had the fish pushed near the banks.  Fishing water 2 to 3 feet deep with moderate current produced the best results.  We floated the whole river over the weekend and the fish seem to be spreading out a bit.  Mid-day is the most comfortable time to fish and seems to be when things get going, but don't let the falling temps push you off the...

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 5:12pm

North Carolina is getting the rivers ready for the spring.  They have begun their spring stocking.  I went on a scouting mission in Valle Crucis Park yesterday.  It was an absolutley gorgeous day, and once things warmed up the fish were eager to eat.  They are a little funny the first fews days in their new home, but they'll settle in.  The DH rivers are a great place to learn to fly fish and to just enjoy the High Country.  Contact me to book your spring trip.  

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 11:56pm

Spent the weekend fishing the South Holston. The bugs are spotty and the fishing can be as well. If you find the right water, good things can happen. The bwo is the most obvious activity, but that is not all they want to eat. Play around to find the right stuff.  The best water we've found is about 2 ft in depth with mellow current.  The changing weather keeps the bite from being consistent, but good things are right around the corner.