Stream Reports

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.

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...