Watauga River, North Carolina Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Watauga River, North Carolina Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Delayed harvest is in full swing. its a good time to get out and catch some fish! we have a new section of DH water along 321 and Old Watauga River Road. Nymph rigs
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Watauga River is currently Good

Water flow: 125cfs

Visibility: 29 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 40 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: mornings / afternoon

Best stretch: Valle Crucis Park and the upper Watauga along 105 behind Foscoe Fishing Co. and up river

Best access point: Valle Crucis Park

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Mayflies Caddis Black Stones Yellow Stones Midges

Fish species: Trout / Smallmouth

Fishing season: spring

Nearest airport: Charlotte NC and Johnson City, TN

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Watauga River Description

The headwaters of the Watauga River, rated by NC Wildlife Biologists as some of the best water quality, offers a mix of tiered pools on the upper Watauga to long runs and riffles on the lower Watauga. It begins at the top of Grandfather Mountain and eventually flows into Watauga Lake in Tennessee. The Watauga has both wild trout water and delayed harvest designations and has plenty of public access. The ...

Techniques & Tips

Double nymph set ups and dry/dropper rigs are working well in the Delayed Harvest Sections/Hatchery Supported Sections. The fish are getting smarter each day since they have been stocked. Fish stocking last week and are eating eggs, worms and smaller nymphs.

7-Day Forecast

Fishing is great cold and windy 40 to 45 during the day, Dry's are over but nymps are in.

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