Guided Trips

FISHING REPORT AND SYNOPSIS: 02/19/2020

High flows continue to be problematic. Tailwaters will mostly be too high to fish until well into March at the earliest and probably more like April. If you have a boat, trips might be possible by mid to late March on high water with streamers and deep nymphing rigs.

For the Smokies, high flows continue although they have dropped to borderline fishable for at least the last couple of days. Bugs are starting to show up. Yesterday we saw lots of midges, quill gordon and blue quill mayflies, little black caddis and brown and black stoneflies. Dreary days should also produce some blue winged olives. Fish are eating well. If you pick your spots, there are plenty of fish to be caught.

The musky streams have been very high, but as flows come down the fishing should pick back up.

Photo of the Month: Winter Toad

Photo of the Month: Winter Toad

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Watauga Morning


On my recent trip to upper east Tennessee, I fished the South Holston and Watauga rivers as well as a high elevation freestone stream.  Of the three streams I fished, the Watauga was the easiest by far.  The fish are less sophisticated than on the South Holston and would eat most any nymph I drifted through their living room.

I only fished the Watauga for a few hours in the morning but probably caught 30 or 40 trout during that time.  None were large but all were in great shape.  Some of the browns I caught looked like they were wild.  For that matter some of the rainbows did as well although I'm not sure how many wild rainbows are in that river.  Once the clouds started to break and the sun peaked through, the fishing tapered off a bit but was still very solid.

The only downside of this trip is that now I'm wishing I lived closer to these fine streams so I could fish them more often.

Here is one of the browns I caught on the Watauga that is a strong candidate for prettiest fish I've caught this year.  Just look at those spots!!!


8 comments:

  1. Gorgeous indeed!

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  2. David
    Unbelievable colors, looks like the trout are getting their fall colors. thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Bill. Every year I'm surprised at how early they start to color up and this year is no different.

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  3. Nothing like a tubby little Brown to make your day.

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  4. Anonymous8:21 AM

    Beautiful "wild" colors, Dave. The Watauga looks like a stream I would enjoy.

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    1. It really is a fantastic stream. Thanks for reading!

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