Stream Reports

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 11:38pm

Riverstone Fly Fishing is booking trips for the upcoming season.  If you haven't fished this region in the spring you're missing out on some of the best fishing of the year.  The Watauga River in Elizabethton Tn has one of the biggest bug events of the year during April.  The Mother's Day Caddis hatch is a must fish hatch that usually starts during mid April and goes on for three or four weeks.  The South Holston river starts to turn on with incredible nymphing.  The local trout streams in...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 1:50pm

The South Holston is slowly moving into it's winter time mode.  During low water the bite is shifting to bwo's and midges.  Nymphing is the ticket to consistent success, but there are still possibilities for rising fish.  High water is still fishing well especially on nymphs.  The fish are starting to stage up for the spawn.  Be aware of redds and try to avoid fishing to actively spawning fish.  There are two closed sections on the river right now so pay attention to the signs.  If you can...

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 5:18pm

We floated the lower South Holston River on Saturday September 26.  We fished low water from the boat and had decent success targeting pods of brown trout.  The low water makes for tough fishing, but the rewards can be worth it.  We boated a few nice Browns and had some shots at a few more.  This is not a numbers trip and it is really geared towards intermediate to advanced clients.  As we move into fall the quality of the fish will only get better. 

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 5:06pm

Had a great day of fishing with two guests from the South Holston River Lodge.  We spent the morning wading and caught a bunch of fish, including the nice Brown in the picture.  Then did an afternoon float on high water.  The high water nymph bite in the afternoons has been very good,  we've been hooking many quality trout between 12 and 16 inches.  The half and half trip is a great way to see all the South Holston has to offer.  Amazing weather and great fishing, it doesn't get much better...

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 4:56pm

Had a great day on the water Tuesday September 23 with Billy and Bubba, from Project Healing Waters.  We wade fished in the morning and floated in the afternoon.  It was great to share the day with these guys and put Bubba on his first trout on the fly.  The river is fishing well as we move into fall.  Low water BWO activity is picking up, the weather is beautiful, and the scenery is getting better by the day.  Not to mention the bite is getting better as we leave the dog days behind us.  ...

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 4:48pm

The Watauga tail water has been fishing very well lately.  For anglers looking for consistent dry fly fishing this is the place to be.  There has been daily caddis and BWO activity.  The surface bite has really gets going around mid morning and can stay good almost all day.  The morning bite has been predominantly caddis with good numbers of rising fish.  As the day progress the BWO bite takes over and the pre emergence nymph bite has been fantastic.  The release schedule is the only...

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 4:35pm

The South Holston has been a nice mix of high and low water of late.  Both water levels have been fishing very well.  We have been catching good numbers of fish on nymphs, with some quality fish in the mix.  As we move into October the BWO hatch will begin to take over.  The fishing can be every bit as good as the sulphur bite,  you just don't get to fish those big flies.  During low water midges and baetidae are the flies of choice.  During cloudy weather you may even see some rising fish...

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 4:22pm

With lots of rain in Boone of late the rivers have been running high and muddy.  As they begin to drop and clear, the fishing should be very good.  We need the water, as fishing pre rain was tough.  The fish were ultra spooky,  and long casts were required.  The good news is they are very surface minded, so fishing just a dry fly can be very productive.  Expect slower fishing mid day, but morning and evening bites have been good.  Attractor patterns like stimulators and pmx have been...

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 6:06pm

Well high water is finally upon us on the South Holston.  After a long and low summer the TVA is finally running some water.  The high water tends to bring the sulphurs,  so the dry fly fishing is picking up.  So far the dry fly bite has been spotty, but still productive.  The nymph bite on the upper river has been very consistent.  Sulphur nymphs and midges have been getting it done.  There is still plenty of opportunity to fish low water especially on the weekends.  Low water tends to be...

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 5:47pm

With a little much needed rain, the local rivers are fishing well.  We are targeting head water streams at higher elevations, as the browns are starting to move up.  As we move into fall attractor patterns and terrestrials are the go to surface patterns.  Sub-surface is actually the opposite,  not that they wont eat big, but smaller(16-18) is whats on the menu.  As the season progresses the amount available nymphs and larva decreases, as well as their size.  The trout tend to be looking up...