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
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Delayed Harvest rivers will be CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY starting October 1st. Water temperatures are dropping and the fish are starting to bite more. Scheduled stocking for the Watauga is 10/1.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Watauga River is currently Hot!

Water flow:

Visibility: 18 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 68 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: All Day!

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: Fall

Nearest airport: Charlotte NC and Johnson City, TN

Person Fishing in a stream

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

Nymph rigs with the standard stocked fish assortment will work best. The water is still up so stock up on split shot sizes in the 01-BB range.

7-Day Forecast

A little rain in the forecast. The water should have great color to it.

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