Water flow: Fluctuant. Check with TVA
Visibility: 50 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 39 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: Mid day
Best stretch: Upper and Middle River
Best access point: Wilbur Dam, Siam Bridge, Hunter Bridge, Blevins Rd, TVA Twin Bridges Ramp in Watauga, TN
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Eggs WORMS Baetis Midges Worms
Fish species: Trout
Fishing season: Year Round
Nearest airport: Tri Cities Regional, Asheville
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 6X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Depth Charge Full Sink Fly Line
The Watauga Tailwater starts at Wilbur Dam and flows through the communities of Siam and Hunter, the towns of Elizabethton and Watauga, then empties out into Boone Lake near Johnson City, Tennessee.
The Watauga Tailwater is considered one of the best trout fishing destinations in the Southern Appalachians. Supporting sizeable fish per mile counts based on TWRA reports, it only seems fitting that ...
the Cherokee Indians would call the Watauga “beautiful/plentiful water.” This 16-mile long tailwater receives daily recreational releases of cold water from Wilbur Dam flowing over its numerous shoals and riffles creating a most favorable environment for aquatic insect life and year round angling. Prime dry fly and sight fishing occur from the spring Caddis Hatch throughout the heat of the summer as other streams in the area become low and unproductive. The best section of the tailwater is the TVA designated “Quality Trout Zone” which begins at Smalling Bridge and continues downstream 2.5 miles. The Watauga Tailwater is home to an assortment of wildlife, stately towering bluffs and picturesque farms. From beginner to experienced anglers, the Watauga Tailwater offers great fishing and memory-filled opportunities for everyone.
Double Nymph Rigs, Streamer, Dry Droper In that order
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