Stream Reports

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...

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 9:33pm

The fall is approaching rapidly and the brown trout are on the move.  With dam releases tapering off, low water is the norm and this is one of the best times to target big browns. The sulphur hatches are still relatively strong during generation and sporadic during low water.  The fish are transitioning over to a primarily midge diet.  Dry fly fishing has slowed down for all but the most die hard, but the nymph fishing has been solid.  The fish are eager to feed, are fat and healthy, and...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 2:20am

Well we've almost made it through the dog days of summer. Hot temperatures and low water levels have made it difficult to fish the high country streams. Thankfully that is not our only option. The South Holston and Watauga tail waters are fishable all summer and provide some of the best dry fly fishing of the year. There are daily Sulphur hatches during generation on the upper South Holston. The fish will be eating on top most afternoons, and the nymph fishing has been good to excellent when...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 9:28pm

The South Holston river has been fishing great over the last couple of weeks.  The Sulphurs have showed up most days, no blanket hatches, but enough to get the fish going.  I haven't seen any big fish rising, but they have been eating nymphs well.  I've been fortunate to have some capable anglers in the boat lately.  That has opened up the oppurtunity to target some larger fish.  It's a great time to target large browns, if you have a little skill.  Congratulations to my clients that have...

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 1:24pm

Spent the weekend guiding the South Holston, with a little fun fishing mixed in. Plenty of action, especially in the early afternoon. Sulphurs made a daily appearance with varying intensity. Recent Miami of Ohio graduate Josh started his life journey off right with a great brown (and few other fish too.).  We've been getting connected to some outstanding fish lately, proof postive that the South Holston deserves it's reputation.  

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.  

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 5:17pm

The South Holston is starting to heat up.  Sulphurs are definitely on the menu, especially in the afternoon.  The hatches are varied in intesity, but the fish are looking up for them.  The river seems like it could blow up any day now.  The morning nymph bite has been good, with fish eating a variety of flies.  With June right around the corner expect some high water, but for now low water has been the story.

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...