Watauga River, North Carolina Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Fly Fishing Map of Watauga River, NC
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Watauga River, North Carolina Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The river is getting slower and clearer. Be aware of the water temp. and treat the fish with care. Trout become lethargic after water reaches ~70 degrees and can be killed by the fighting processes on light tippet. Use heavier tippet to shorten the fight and if you must take a picture, avoid keeping fish out of the water for more than a few seconds.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Watauga River is currently Just OK

Water flow:

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 60 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Early Morning

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:

BWO Caddis Midge

Fish species: Trout / Smallmouth

Fishing season: Summer

Nearest airport: Charlotte NC and Johnson City, TN

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

Dry dropper rigs are best to get that delicate presentation in clear water. Long roll casts with a strong mend for the longer runs.

7-Day Forecast

The water will continue to drop off and become more clear. Early morning fishing will be your best bet to find feeding fish.


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