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
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 8' 6" 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
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 ...
Watauga also offers Smallmouth opportunities between the 194 Bridge and 321 and can be fished from a canoe or wading. Good Fishing!
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.
Fishing is great cold and windy 40 to 45 during the day, Dry's are over but nymps are in.