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
With lower, warmer water, dropping tippet size will help with more selective trout. If a worm or egg just doesn't seem to work, the fish may be looking for smaller, more natural bugs.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Watauga River is currently Good

Water flow:

Visibility: 12 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 64 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Early Mornings

Best stretch: Valle Crucis Park and the upper Watauga along 105 behind Foscoe Fishing Co. and up river. Down river access near Sugar Grove along 321

Best access point: Valle Crucis Park

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Sulphur Mayfly Caddis

Fish species: Trout / Smallmouth

Fishing season: Summer

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 both Delayed Harvest sections. Consider trying worm or egg patterns as well.

7-Day Forecast

Into the warmer months be aware of the rising water temps. If you see water temperatures rising into the 68-70 degree range, we advise everyone to land fish as fast as possible and leave them in the water while admiring them. Trout need cold, clean water!

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